Career Notes Entering 2016 Season:
• NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Third Team
• 2015 MAC Softball Championship All-Tournament Team
• 2015 College Sports Madness All-MAC First Team
• 2013 MAC Freshman of the Year (First MAC Freshman of the Year in program history)
• 2013, 2014 & 2015 Second Team All-MAC
• 2013 MAC All-Freshman Team
• 2013 CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Freshman of the Year
• 2013 CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC All-Conference First Team
• 10-Time Career MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 19, 2013; March 19, 2013; March 25, 2013; April 1, 2013; April 15, 2013; May 6, 2013; March 3, 2014; March 24, 2014; Feb. 24, 2015; April 14, 2015)
• In Ball State's Career Records: T-1st in saves (8); 5th in wins (48); 6th in appearances (102); 6th in starts (80); 6th in complete games (58); 6th in shutouts (12); 6th in innings pitched (513.0); 6th in strikeouts (370); 7th in most strikeouts per 7 innings (5.05); 18th in lowest opponent batting average (.275); 18th in fewest walks allowed per 7 innings (2.31)
• In Ball State's Single Season Records (highest ranking only): T-2nd in saves (3 in 2013 & 2014); T-3rd in starts (33 in 2015); 4th in appearances (40 in 2015); T-7th in shutouts (6 in 2013); 8th in wins (19 in 2015); 9th in strikeouts (164 in 2015); 10th in innings pitched (203.2 in 2015); 11th in strikeouts per 7 innings (5.64 in 2015); T-12th in complete games (22 in 2015)
2015 (Jr.): Earned third letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to the Mid-American Conference West Division Championship, the MAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA South Bend Regional … earned a complete game victory in Ball State’s first-ever NCAA Regional win by holding No. 16 national seed Notre Dame to six hits and two earned runs over 7.0 innings of work … she struck out three batters in the contest, while not issuing a single walk to the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish … NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Third Team … MAC Softball Championship All-Tournament Team … Second Team All-MAC … College Sports Madness All-MAC First Team … two-time MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 24 and April 11) … made 40 total appearances in the circle on the year, including ranking second in the MAC with 33 starts … her 22 complete games tied for third in the league, while her 3.47 ERA and .280 opponent’s batting average both ranked ninth among MAC pitchers … threw the sixth-most innings among MAC pitchers, at 203.2, while ranking fourth in both wins (19) and saves (3) … also tallied the fifth-most strikeouts in the MAC at 164 … threw three complete game shutouts on the year; versus Sam Houston State (Feb. 20) and in back-to-back conference games at Toledo (April 10) and at Bowling Green (April 11) … dominated opposing teams in MAC Tournament play, earning all four of Ball State’s wins in the circle by holding opponents to a .205 batting average and logging a 2.26 ERA … allowed just seven earned runs over 21.2 innings in the tournament, while striking out eight batters and yielding just four walks and 16 total hits … picked up complete game victories over Akron (May 6), Miami (May 7) and Western Michigan (May 9), while earning the win in 2.2 innings of relief versus Central Michigan (May 8) … recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts versus Buffalo (April 4) and at Bowling Green (April 11) … recorded at least one strikeout in 32 of her 33 starts, while notching five-or-more in 18 starts … earned saves versus Northwestern State (Feb. 27) and Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 28) to move into a tie for first in program history with eight career saves … held opponents to four-or-fewer hits in 16 appearances, including a pair of two-hit complete game wins versus Sam Houston State (Feb. 20) and Southeastern Louisiana (March 3) … surrendered just 73 walks on the year, with no walks in seven outings and just one walk in 13 contests … recorded more strikeouts than walks in 30 of her 40 appearances
2014 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to their fifth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 33-19 (12-4 MAC) record … Second Team All-MAC … two-time MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week (March 3 and March 24) … made 32 appearances in the circle, including 26 starts … tied for sixth in the MAC in wins (15), shutouts (3) and complete games (17), while ranking seventh in starts (26), eighth in innings pitched (149.1) and 12th in strikeouts (92) … also tied for third in the league with three saves … finished the season with a 15-11 overall record and a 3.61 ERA … earned her first complete game shutout victory of the season at No. 3 Arizona State (March 2), holding the Sun Devils to just six hits over seven innings of work while striking out three batters in a 3-0 victory … struck out a season-high nine batters in four innings of work against Morehead State (Feb. 22) … earned her second complete game shutout victory of the season versus Ohio (April 19), limiting the Bobcats to just two hits in a 10-0 (5 inn.) victory … her third complete game shutout win of the season came versus Eastern Michigan (May 3), when she held the Eagles to four hits in an 8-0 (5 inn.) victory … struck out seven batters versus Toledo (April 5) and in the first game at Western Michigan (April 12) … earned her first save of the season versus FIU (Feb. 28) by forcing a pair of groundouts to strand a pair of Panthers on the base paths and end a four-run, seventh-inning FIU rally … picked up her second save of the season the next day, holding Detroit (March 1) to just one hit over the final 1.2 innings in a 9-6 win … earned her third save of the season in the MAC-title clinching victory over Eastern Michigan (May 4), entering the game with Ball State leading 4-3 and holding EMU to just three hits over 2.0 innings of work … recorded at least one strikeout in 26 appearances, with five-or-more on six occasions … surrendered just 57 walks on the year, with no walks in 11 appearances and just one walk in six contests.
2013 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … became the first player in program history to earn MAC Freshman of the Year accolades … All-MAC Second Team and MAC All-Freshman Team … CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Freshman of the Year and MAC All-Conference First Team ... six-time MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 19, March 19, March 25, April 1, April 15 and May 6) … made 30 appearances in the circle, including 21 starts … ranked second in the league with six shutouts, while her 19 complete games tied for fourth ... tallied a 14-9 overall record, with her 14 wins tying for seventh in the MAC … also picked up three saves which tied for third in the league … ranked eighth in the MAC with 114 strikeouts, while her .244 opponent batting average was ninth … issued just 39 walks on the season … threw 160.0 innings, which tied for ninth in the conference … threw a complete game shutout in her first career outing versus UT Martin (Feb. 16), allowing just three hits and one walk, while striking out five, in the 2-0 victory … added her second complete game shutout victory in her second career outing, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out six, in a 10-0 (5 inn.) win over Tennessee Tech (Feb. 17) … earned her first career save versus Northern Iowa (Feb. 23), issuing just one walk over 2.1 innings in the 9-3 victory … third career complete game shutout came at Florida Atlantic (March 1), as she led BSU to a 2-0 win by allowing just seven hits and one walk over seven innings, while fanning three … earned the win in Ball State’s 3-1 victory over No. 24 North Carolina (March 16), holding the Tar Heels to one run, six hits and a walk over seven innings … posted back-to-back complete game shutout victories over Western Michigan (April 6) and in the first game of a doubleheader at Akron (April 12), allowing just two hits in each contest … recorded four strikeouts in the 13-0 (5 inn.) win over the Broncos and tallied five strikeouts in the 5-0 win over the Zips … her final complete game shutout victory of the season came in a 12-0 game one victory at Central Michigan (April 26) in which she allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six… struck out a career-high 10 batters versus Creighton (Feb. 22) … recorded at least one strikeout in 29 appearances, with five-or-more 12 times … issued no walks in five games, while allowing just one in 16 appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in softball at Andrean High School for coach Brooke Baker-Runyon as a senior and Henry Ryan her first three years ... led the 59ers to an IHSAA Class 3A State Championship her senior year by posting a 25-2 record in the circle with a 0.47 ERA, 304 strikeouts and 15 shutouts ... struck out 11 batters in the state championship game versus Edgewood, while walking just one batter and allowing six hits in a 9-2 victory ... hit .309 as a senior and .321 over her career ... finished her career with a 55-7 record in the circle, with a 0.47 ERA, 724 strikeouts and 29 shutouts ... 2012 Miss Softball Candidate and 2012 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year Candidate ... 2012 All-State honoree ... Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 ... 2012 Post Player of the Year ... two-time team most valuable player (2011, 2012) and two-time all-district selection (2011, 2012) ... four-time first team All-Northwest Crossroads Conference ... posted a 24-3 record and a 0.57 earned-run average over 180 innings of work while collecting 11 shutouts as a junior ... tallied 298 strikeouts while walking just 20 batters her junior season ... posted a 0.51 ERA and 78 strikeouts as a sophomore, while recording a 0.18 ERA and 79 strikeouts as a freshman ... helped guide the 59ers to state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011 ... played two seasons of club softball for Team Indiana after playing five years for the Indiana Raiders ... helped Team Indiana place 25th out of 262 teams at the ASA Nationals in the fall of 2011 ... led her 16U team to an ASA State Championship ... ASA State Runner-Up finish in 2011 and a Monster Mash Championship in 2010.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Fred and Helen Steinbach ... born June 17, 1994 in Chicago, Ill. ... full name is Nicole Marie Steinbach ... majoring in sport administration.