By Travis Morgan
Sioux City, IA -
Morningside crushed College of Saint Mary 8-0 and 17-5 in a pair of five inning contests on Monday at the Jensen Softball Complex.
The victories extended the Mustangs' winning streak to six games and improved their record to 15-8.
The Mustangs peppered Saint Mary pitcher Jamie Zimmerer with nine hits. Kati Steffen had two of them with a home run and single, while Kirsten Dargy also had a pair of hits with a double and single. Morningside had three other extra base hits with a home run by Mackenzie Neely and doubles by Michelle Brockamp and Jacey Tomhave.
Morningside pitcher Jordan Johnson stymied the Flames with an abbreviated three-hit shutout. Johnson walked two and overpowered the Flames' hitters with eight strikeouts.
Morningside took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Steffen lined a Zimmerer pitch over the left field fence for her first home run of the season and Dargy and Brockamp followed with back-to-back doubles.
Morningside finished the Flames off by the eight-run rule after it scored six runs in the fifth inning.
Morningside will play a GPAC doubleheader against city rival Briar Cliff on Tuesday at the SYA Complex.