Steffen becomes Morningside's all-time home run leader during 2014 softball campaign
Kati Steffen, a senior first baseman from Moville, Iowa, became Morningside College’s all-time career home run leader during the 2014 softball season.
Steffen blasted 38 home runs during her Morningside career to break the former school standard of 37 career home runs set by Mindi Prince from 1994-97 and by Kirsten Dargy from 2010-13.
Steffen topped the Mustangs with 12 home runs this past season for the fourth highest single-season total in the Morningside annals. She also led the team with 42 RBIs and a .737 slugging percentage. Steffen was the Mustangs second leading hitter with 53 hits in 133 at-bats for a .398 batting average and ranked third on the team with nine doubles.
Steffen hit .340 with 34 doubles, 38 home runs, and 161 RBIs over her four-year Morningside career.
Taylor Daas, a junior shortstop from New Brighton, Minn., was the Mustangs’ team batting champion with a team-high 59 hits in 140 at-bats for a .421 batting average. Her .421 batting average was the fourth highest batting mark in Morningside history. Daas also led the Mustangs with 10 doubles, one triple, 23 base on balls, 40 runs scored, six stolen bases, and a .509 on-base percentage and ranked second on the team with nine home runs and 31 RBIs. Daas led the Mustangs with 22 multiple hit games and hit safely in 34 of the Mustangs’ 44 contests.
Daas, a three-year starter, has a .375 batting average with 24 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs, and 71 RBIs over her Morningside career.
Jordan Johnson, a senior pitcher-outfielder from Sioux City, was the Mustangs’ co-leader with 10 doubles and one triple. She also ranked among the team leaders with a .355 batting average, six home runs, and 26 RBIs. Johnson had one of the Mustangs’ two longest hitting streaks of the season when she hit safely in 10 consecutive games from April 16 to May 1.
Johnson was also the Mustangs’ ace pitcher as she compiled a 21-8 record with a 2.53 earned run average and seven shutouts in 31 appearances, including 27 starts with 23 complete games. Johnson allowed 165 hits in 182.1 innings pitched while holding the opposition to a .235 batting average. She had 78 walks and 166 strikeouts. Her 21 wins and 166 strikeouts were the ninth highest single-season totals in Morningside history.
Johnson had a 71-31 record with a 2.22 earned run average and struck out 497 batters in 629.2 innings pitched during her four-year career. She had a .331 career batting average with 36 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs, and 113 RBIs.
Michelle Brockamp, a senior second baseman from Sioux City, also had a 10-game hitting streak that stretched from March 8 to 29. Brockamp hit .316 with eight doubles, four home runs, and 28 RBIs and was the Mustangs’ best contact hitter with only 10 strikeouts in 136 at-bats.
Kristina Neumann, a sophomore third baseman from Sioux City, led the Mustangs with 13 sacrifice hits. She hit .277 with seven doubles, two home runs, and 18 RBIs.
Kayla Salonen, a senior pitcher from Yankton, S.D., and Faith Schmidt, a sophomore pitcher from Emmetsburg, Iowa, were the Mustangs’ co-leaders with two saves for the fourth highest total in school history. Salonen had a 9-6 record with a 3.02 earned run average and struck out 77 batters in 92.2 innings pitched as the Mustangs’ No. 2 starter. She was also a .300 hitter at the plate with a .313 batting average with six doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBIs.
The Mustangs posted a 30-14 record during the 2014 season for their 11th 30-win season in the last 12 years. Morningside won the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season championship with a 15-5 league record as well as the GPAC’s post-season tournament championship en route to a sixth consecutive appearance in the NAIA Softball National Championship tournament.