Steffensen hits dinger, drives in two runs in St. Cloud playoff win
Kenai’s Paul Steffensen knocked the door down in his first playoff game with St. Cloud State.
The junior transfer crushed a fourth-inning home run, drove in another run and scored twice to highlight his team’s 6-4 win over the University of Mary in Game 1 of the best-of-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-round postseason series.
The left fielder went 3-for-5 with eight total bases to raise his season batting average to .333 in 33 games.
Steffensen, of Kenai Central High fame, crushed a solo homer to give St. Cloud a 1-0 lead. His RBI single made it 2-0 in the fifth inning. He tripled and scored to get his team within 4-3 in the seventh inning.
The home run was the 14th of his career, tying him with former Dimond star Sagan Osborne, who hit 14 bombs at Dickinson State over the 2016 to 2017 seasons. Steffensen and Osborne are tied for fifth on the state’s all-time home run list.
Steffensen, who transferred to St. Cloud from D1 Tennessee Tech, has homered in back-to-back games and leads St. Cloud State with seven dingers on the season.
Game 2 is Friday morning, with an if-necessary Game 3 later that night.