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Morningside sweeps GPAC softball awards

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Morningside's Kati Steffen is the GPAC Player of the Year. Morningside's Kati Steffen is the GPAC Player of the Year.
SIOUX CITY - Morningside College’s Jordan Johnson and Kati Steffen are the headliners on the 2014 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.

Johnson, a senior pitcher-outfielder from Sioux City, was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Pitcher of the Year and Steffen, a senior first baseman from Moville, Iowa, was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player of the Year.

In addition to sweeping the individual player honors, the Mustangs’ Jessica Jones-Sitzmann was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach of the Year. Jones-Sitzmann guided the Mustangs to both the GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships to qualify for the NAIA Softball National Championship tournament for the sixth year in a row. Jones-Sitzmann has a 539-304 career record at Morningside, including a 30-12 mark this season.

Johnson has a 21-6 record with seven shutouts and a 2.39 earned run average. She has allowed 149 hits in 170 innings pitched while limiting opposing hitters to a .229 batting average. She has 73 walks and 161 strikeouts. Her 21 wins and 161 strikeouts are both career highs.

Aside from her pitching exploits, Johnson is also one of the Mustangs’ top hitters with 41 hits in 115 at-bats for a .357 batting average with 10 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 26 RBIs, and 28 runs scored. She is the Mustangs’ co-leader with 10 doubles and one triple.

Steffen is one of the most feared hitters in the GPAC. She has 51 hits in 126 at-bats for a .405 batting average with nine doubles and team highs of 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. Steffen has scored 22 runs and leads the team with a .762 slugging percentage. Her 12 home runs is the fourth highest single-season total in Morningside history and two shy of the school-record 14 round trippers in a season set by Mindi Prince in 1996 and Erin Bohlmann and Kirsten Dargy in 2011.

In addition to Johnson and Steffen, the Mustangs also placed Taylor Daas, a junior shortstop from New Brighton, Minn., on the All-GPAC First Team. Daas is the Mustangs’ leading hitter with 58 hits in 133 at-bats for a .436 batting average. She also tops the team with 40 runs scored, 22 walks, and a .522 on-base percentage and is the Mustangs’ co-leader with 10 doubles and one triple. Daas is second on the team with nine home runs and 31 RBIs.

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