Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Jordan Ahl, baseball
Ahl, a native of Fairbury, Neb., fired two scoreless innings over the past week’s games in Flordia. He picked up his second save of the season with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of work in Concordia’s 3-2 win over Southeastern (Fla.) on March 15. He currently sports a 4.50 ERA in six innings in 2013.
Female: Julia Tyree, softball
Tyree has starred as one of the Bulldogs’ top hitters so far in her freshman campaign. The Benicia, Calif., native leads the team with a .300 batting average, two home runs and six RBIs. She had one of her best games of her young career with a 2-for-3 game at Menlo (Calif.). That performance included a home run and three RBIs.
News and Notes:
Conahan and Rich earn All-America honors: Junior guard Kristen Conahan was named a first team All-American by the NAIA on March 13. Senior guard Katie Rich was recognized as an honorable mention selection. Conahan, a second team All-American last season, joins Whitney Stichka (2008 and 2009) and Trish Kindle (1993 and 1994) as just the third women’s basketball player in school history to be named an All-American in two separate seasons. To read more, click HERE.
‘Concordia shaped college basketball trailblazer’: If you missed Monday’s feature story on Concordia alum Jerry Strom, Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Iowa, click HERE.
Subscribe to Bulldog track and field on YouTube: Concordia track and field has created a YouTube channel. Check it out HERE and watch videos from competitions. Clips from this week’s national championships in Geneva, Ohio, will be posted there.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- The Bulldogs completed their Florida spring break trip (March 9 – 15) with a weekend series against Southeastern University (Fla.). Concordia went 4-4 on The Sunshine State tour with single wins each over Trinity Christian College (Ill.), Saint Xavier University (Ill.), University of Illinois-Springfield and Southeastern. The Bulldogs now sit at 6-9 overall. To read more about their games in Florida, click HERE.
- Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad busted loose for 20 runs in its 20-1 victory over NCAA Division II Illinois-Springfield on March 14. Concordia jumped on top right out of the gate with 11 runs in the first inning and then tacked on three in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the seventh. The 20 runs were the most this season and the most for the Bulldogs since March 6, 2012, when they defeated Manhattan Christian College (Kan.) 20-0.
- Four Bulldogs notched at least two hits and three cracked three or more hits in the pasting of the Prairie Stars of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Junior outfielder Zach Gulley went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Senior first baseman Nolan Schaefer took advantage of his many opportunities with runners on base. He belted three doubles and drove in seven runs in a career performance. One of Schaefer’s doubles even went through the plastic outfield wall at McKeel Academy in Lakeland, Fla. Schaefer’s seven RBIs are the most in a single game by a GPAC hitter this season.
- Senior catcher Ray Finley continued his RBI binge with six more throughout the eight games in Florida. The Tucson, Ariz., native leads the team with 14 RBIs in 13 games on the season. He has piled up that lofty number in part by producing a team best seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one home run). He is currently tied for seventh in the GPAC in RBIs. His third-inning two-run homer proved to be the difference in Concordia’s 3-2 victory over Southeastern in Florida.
- Junior left-handed starting pitcher Luke Parish-Ward won his third-straight start by throwing six strong innings at Southeastern on March 15. Parish-Ward gave up just two runs, two hits and two walks as he improved to 3-1 on the season. He also struck out a season high six hitters. The biggest key for Eastern Arizona Community College transfer has been his near pinpoint control. He has walked just four batters in 22 innings of work in 2013.
- Through 15 games, senior Nick Thill has served as the team’s most reliable option out of the bullpen, at least statistically. The right-hander from Littleton, Colo., has made five appearances, second only to Tim Fosmo and closer Jordan Ahl, for the most on the team. In 7.1 innings, Thill has allowed just one earned run while striking out five.
- Junior centerfielder Camaren Gause continues to lead the team in batting average. He has cracked 15 hits in 45 at bats for a .333 average. The Bulldogs have five regulars hitting between .279 and .283: Gulley (.283), Kyle Ivanoff (.283), Daniel Wilkerson (.281), Tyler Harris (.281) and Finley (.279).
- The bulk of Concordia’s stolen base success has come from the middle of the order with Ivanoff and Gause, who have consistently held down the Nos. 3 and 4 spots in the lineup. Ivanoff tops the team with seven steals in eight tries, while Gause is 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts.
- The Bulldogs enjoy a whole week between games after arriving back in Seward. Concordia will return to action on Saturday and Sunday with a home doubleheader each day against Dakota State (S.D.) at Plum Creek Park. The Trojans (5-14) split a four-game series with Hastings over the weekend.
- Head coach Frank Greene’s Bulldogs completed their eight-game tour of California last week with doubleheaders each on March 12 and 13. Concordia was swept by both Simpson University and by William Jewell University to close the trip. That leaves the Bulldogs with a record of 2-9 overall in the early part of 2013.
- Concordia’s first seven opponents currently have a combined record of 86-80 (.518). No. 16 St. Gregory’s (Okla.) tops the list with a 19-2 mark followed by William Jewell at 19-9 and Simpson at 17-11. The Bulldogs are 1-1 against ranked opponents having beaten No. 23 Bethany (Kan.) (6-5 on March 1) and lost to St. Gregory’s (12-0 on March 1).
- The main problem for the Bulldogs in The Golden State was their lack of production offensively. They managed only 14 total runs in the eight games, including only one in the final three games in California. Greene’s squad had scored 17 runs in its previous two games before the spring break journey. In the second game of the doubleheader versus William Jessup, Warrior pitcher Andrea Lutz fired a seven-inning perfect game against Concordia as she retired all 21 batters she faced.
- Freshman second baseman/pitcher Julia Tyree continues to lead the team in most major offensive categories. She tops the Bulldogs in batting average (.300), home runs (two), RBIs (six), on-base percentage (.400), slugging percentage (.600), stolen bases (two) and total bases (18). The Benicia, Calif., product starred as an all-league performer at Benicia High School.
- Concordia has relied heavily upon junior right-hander Amanda Beeson in the circle this season. She has stepped into the role of ace pitcher after the graduation of Nicole Sempek. Beeson has started six games and has hurled a team high 36.1 innings. While she is still looking for her first win, due in part to lack of run support, she has improved her strikeout rate greatly from last season. She is averaging 6.36 strikeouts per seven innings in 2013 compared to a rate of 4.54 as a sophomore in 2012. Beeson’s 33 strikeouts on the season are tied with Keely Bracelin of Northwestern for the most among GPAC pitchers.
- Shelby Morose’s appearance at shortstop in game two of the doubleheader at William Jessup served as a welcome sight. The junior from Claremore, Okla., missed the first 10 games due to injury. She played in all 39 games last season and hit .273 with 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. She also made only three errors in 134 chances while playing primarily at second base.
- Greene’s Bulldogs have been solid defensively thus far, ranking fourth in the GPAC with a .936 fielding percentage. Regulars such as centerfielder Natalie Svoboda, catcher Amber Topil, outfielder Amanda Baldwin and first baseman/third baseman Hayley Carstens all have perfect fielding percentages of 1.000.
- Three players have started all 11 games this season: Svoboda, Tyree and Topil. Freshman shortstop Danielle Harstad has made 10 starts and sophomore Molly Madsen has started nine games.
- Concordia has a busy week ahead, beginning with a road doubleheader at Central Christian College (Kan.) on Wednesday. The scheduled doubleheader at Kansas Wesleyan University on Thursday has been canceled. The Bulldogs then come home to take on Dordt at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a GPAC and home-opening doubleheader at Plum Creek Park. The Coyotes from Kansas Wesleyan sport the best record of this week’s opponents. They own a record of 13-4. Dordt sits at 2-13.
19 March 2013
Catcher Ray Finley