Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Zach Cambier, Baseball
Cambier, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., extended his hitting streak to seven games following the Sunday doubleheader with Dakota State. The junior first baseman went 3-for-8 with two RBIs against the Trojans. He ranks third on the team with a .338 batting average.
Female: Rebecca Walker, Softball
Walker, who hails from Brush, Colo., went 13-for-26 at the plate over eight games last week. The junior third baseman belted five doubles and drove in six runs. Walker tops Concordia with a .458 batting average that ranks second in the GPAC. As a team, the Bulldogs lead the conference with 7.2 runs per game.
News and Notes:
Concordia women’s soccer seeks participation in superhero race supporting abused children: The Concordia women’s soccer program (led by junior captain Katrina Muther), in conjunction with the Southeast Nebraska CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and The Superhero Foundation, is partnering in the organization and facilitation of the Superhero 5K run/walk and 1K fun run, set to take place on Sunday, April 6 in Seward. The event will raise money for abused and neglected children. For information on how to participate, click HERE.
Winter sports rewind: We recap the top moments and summarize the winter that was in this wrap up of the season that just went in the books. Check out our winter sports recap HERE.
Up next: All spring sports will soon get into full swing. Baseball and softball continue this week (details in the notes section below) with golf and outdoor track and field coming up on the horizon. Check back later this week for a preview of the outdoor track and field season.
-Men’s golf: March 29-30 at Bethel Invite
-Women’s golf: April 8 at Midland Invite
-Outdoor track and field: March 28-29 at Wildcat Classic hosted by Wayne State
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting https://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- Following a nine-game swing in The Grand Canyon State, head coach Todd LaVelle’s squad returned to the Midwest last week for eight contests as part of another busy week. March 19 brought the team’s first loss of the season as Concordia split a doubleheader with in-state Peru State. The Bulldogs finished 5-3 on the week and now sits at 14-3 overall. Their .824 win percentage stands as the best in the GPAC. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- In last week’s release of the first regular season edition of the NAIA softball coaches’ top 25 poll, Concordia received 23 points. Ranked as the top team in the GPAC after being pegged seventh in the preseason, the Bulldogs are seven spots away from the first top 25 ranking in program history. In Monday’s new conference rating, Concordia again ranked No. 1. Another national poll will be released later on Tuesday.
- Junior third baseman Rebecca Walker raised her batting average from .409 to a team best .458 by going 13-for-26 with five doubles and six RBIs last week. Walker had at least one hit in seven of last week’s eight games. The native of Brush, Colo., enjoyed a monster doubleheader in the team’s sweep of York College, blasting Panther pitching with a 5-for-5 day that included six RBIs on March 20. Walker is second only to Doane’s Sam Valadez (.491) for the highest batting average in the GPAC.
- After being held to 12 combined hits in the twin bill against a solid Peru State (15-12) team on March 19, the Bulldogs hit .410 (55-for-134) over the next four games – all victories. Concordia’s potent offensive attack leads the GPAC in batting average (.365), runs per game (7.2) and hits per game (10.7). Individually, Walker is joined by freshman teammate Diana Mendoza (fourth - .446) in the top five among GPAC leaders in batting average.
- LaVelle’s club has held a lead at some point in all 17 games. The team’s first loss – a 6-4 decision at the hands of Peru State – came in heartbreaking fashion as the Bobcats scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 4-1 Concordia lead. The Bulldogs also held a 5-0 advantage in game 1 versus No. 24 Friends University on March 22 before eventually falling by an 8-6 score. Concordia possessed a 2-1 lead early in the second loss to Friends later that day.
- Senior right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson recorded a career high 14 strikeouts in Concordia’s 8-6 win over Sterling College on March 21. That total topped her previous career best of 13 punch outs in a win over Central Christian College on March 20, 2013. Last season the Waverly, Neb., native finished second in the GPAC with 141 strikeouts. She currently ranks first in the conference with 59 K’s in 2014.
- While Walker may be the team’s hottest hitter, Mendoza and sophomore Julia Tyree have been similarly impressive. Tyree went 12-for-28 with five RBIs last week. Her nine-game hitting streak was snapped in the final game of the week. Meanwhile, Mendoza carried an 11-game hitting streak until going 0-for-5 against Sterling on March 21. Even with that game factored in, the native of Santa Clarita, Calif., managed to go 11-for-31 with eight runs and five RBIs last week. Mendoza has a hit in all but one of the 14 games she’s played in and her 18 runs are fourth most in the GPAC.
- With conference play beginning this week, LaVelle has settled on a common lineup that includes CF Mendoza, 2B Shelby Morose, P/DP Tyree, 1B Molly Madsen, 3B Walker, C Amber Topil, SS Palmer Bosanko and LF Regan Doiel. LaVelle made a tweak at the end of the week in moving Morose to second base and Bosanko to shortstop.
- Conference play will be in full swing this week with GPAC doubleheaders set for Wednesday (home versus Doane), Friday (at Mount Marty) and Saturday (at Northwestern). Wednesday’s doubleheader with Doane (17-4) features the only two teams in the conference currently receiving votes in the national poll. Mount Marty is 2-8 and Northwestern is 13-11.
- The Bulldogs went more than a week before returning to action on Sunday with a doubleheader versus Frontier/North Star member Dakota State University. Concordia had beaten the Trojans 8-4 12 days earlier in Tucson, Ariz. However, this time around Dakota State got the upper hand in rallying for 6-5 and 9-5 wins in the Bulldogs’ only two games of last week. The losses interrupted what had been a six-game winning streak for 17th-year head coach Jeremy Geidel’s club, which is now 10-14 overall. To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
- Concordia appeared primed to extend its streak to seven in a row when it got out to a 4-0 lead after two innings in game one of the twin bill with the Trojans. The Bulldogs also had leads of 1-0 and 3-2 in game 2. Concordia simply could not overcome its combined eight errors and 10 walks allowed on a day plagued by mistakes.
- First baseman Zach Cambier went 3-for-8 with two RBIs in Sunday’s doubleheader to push his hitting streak to seven. During that seven-game stretch, the native of Castle Rock, Colo., has gone 10-for-25 with five RBIs. On the season, Cambier ranks third on the team with a .338 batting average in 24 games.
- A six-game hitting streak for Taylor Dudley came to an end on Sunday when he went 0-for-3 in game 1. The reigning GPAC player of the week batted 12-for-19 with nine RBIs over the six games prior to Sunday’s home opener. Even after a 1-for-8 effort versus Dakota State, the Longmont, Colo., native leads the team with a .356 batting average in 21 games.
- While Concordia did not seem to carry the same intensity over from the Arizona trip, it still managed to tally its 10th game of 10 or more hits, piling up 12 more in the second game of the Dakota State doubleheader. With a team batting average of .285 and an average of 6.1 runs per game, the Bulldogs have improved significantly from their respective figures of .249 and 3.9 from a year ago. Concordia’s 147 runs are only four fewer than it mounted the entire 2013 season.
- Junior right fielder Daniel Wilkerson’s breakout season has been a big part of the team’s improved run production. The native of Santa Fe, Texas, ranks among the top 10 in the GPAC in several statistical categories, including home runs (3rd – 3), stolen bases (4th – 9), total bases (6th – 44), runs (6th – 22), doubles (6th – 7) and RBIs (9th – 19). Wilkerson has already set new career highs in home runs, total bases, runs, hits and stolen bases. His batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.537) also mark career bests.
- Wilkerson’s season has also been representative of the team’s increased emphasis on stealing bases. Wilkerson has already attempted 13 steals after only three tries in 2013. As a team, the Bulldogs swiped 45 bases in 63 attempts in 39 games in 2013. This year the Bulldogs are 43-for-61 and rank third in the GPAC with 2.54 steal attempts per game.
- Junior right-hander Will Holbrook has been busy on the mound, as evidenced by his GPAC-leading 38.1 innings pitched. Only two conference hurlers average more innings per game than Holbrook’s 6.39. The native of Tucson, Ariz., added seven more strikeouts in game 1 versus Dakota State and tops the conference with 35 K’s.
- The Bulldogs are scheduled to play two doubleheaders this week after canceling the Tuesday twin bill scheduled at Manhattan. Christian College. Concordia will open the conference schedule with 1 p.m. home doubleheaders on both Saturday (vs. Briar Cliff) and Sunday (vs. Dakota Wesleyan). Dakota Wesleyan is off to a 12-8 start while Briar Cliff is 7-15. No conference games had taken place within the GPAC entering the week.
25 March 2014