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Four Knights earn All-MIAC recognition

May 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm
(L to R) Natalie Maurice, Katie Eppard, Molly Steinberg, and Maris Daleo.
(L to R) Natalie Maurice, Katie Eppard, Molly Steinberg, and Maris Daleo.
Photo: Nathan Klok

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2013, so it is not surprising that four Knights earned All-MIAC recognition. Seniors Katie Eppard (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) and Molly Steinberg (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake) along with first-year Maris Daleo (Stillman Valley, Ill./Stillman Valley) were voted to the all-conference team. Sophomore Natalie Maurice (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) received all-conference honorable mention.

Eppard earned All-MIAC status for the second consecutive season. She paced MIAC players with 38 RBI during the 2018 regular season and posted a team-best a .559 slugging percentage, which ranked 11th among MIAC players this year. She tied for the team and ranked 10th in the conference with three home runs during the regular season. Her .369 batting average was second on the Knights and ranked third among MIAC outfielders.

Steinberg also captured her second career All-MIAC award, previously earning the award in 2016. She was consistent at the plate this season, batting .310 in both conference and non-conference games. Steinberg posted an overall .422 on-base percentage to rank second on the Knights and tied with Eppard for the team lead of eight doubles.

Daleo stepped into the lineup and made an immediate impact at shortstop. She is one of only two rookie position players voted to the All-MIAC team in2018. Her team-best .396 average ranks seventh in the conference, and she hit at a .411 clip during MIAC contests. She paced the Knights with 12 stolen bases on the season and boasted a .475 on-base percentage for the year—sixth-highest in the MIAC—thanks in part to 16 against only four strikeouts in 122 plate appearances.

Maurice ranked third on the Knights with a .324 batting average, tied for the team lead with three home runs, and was second on the squad with 23 RBI. She caught every inning for Carleton this season and threw out 28 percent of would-be base-stealers, the second-highest clip among MIAC catchers (min. 15 SB attempts) this year.

The All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team was also announced. Members of this squad are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Junior pitcher Sarah Ogle (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker School) was chosen as Carleton’s representative. She went 3-6 on the season with a 3.31 ERA, which ranked 12th among MIAC players. Ogle worked four complete games and tossed a pair of shutouts.