Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Athlete of the Week

Amanda Beeson, softball

Beeson, who was also named the GPAC Pitcher of the Week today, fanned a career high 13 hitters in a seven-inning, three-hit shutout in an 8-0 victory over Central Christian College on March 20. Beeson leads the GPAC with 46 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work.


News and Notes
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Winter sports wrap: Several great moments occurred during the Bulldog winter sports season. Check out our pick for the top moment and read the thoughts of each winter sport head coach on the past season HERE.

Outdoor track and field preview to be released Thursday: Check ConcordiaBulldogs.com on Thursday for a detailed outlook on what to expect for Concordia outdoor track and field. Both the men and women begin their outdoor slates this weekend at the Wayne State Invite on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldog women will look to defend their 2012 GPAC outdoor title.

Video of Guatemala mission trip: Several Concordia student-athletes participated in the school’s mission trip to Guatemala led by HHP Department Chair Jen Janousek. Check out video produced by student Anna McDaniel HERE.

Tennis resumes post-spring break schedule under new head coach: The Bulldogs have a new leader at the helm of the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Sam Nelson, a Lincoln East High School graduate and current Director of Tennis at Hillcrest Country Club, took over on March 4. To read more about Nelson, click HERE. Nelson will preside over his first matches as head coach today (Tuesday) with Concordia taking on Doane in a women’s and men’s doubleheader inside the Walz Fieldhouse. Concordia has not played since hosting Tabor College (Kan.) on March 2.

Men’s golf begins spring season on Friday: Head coach Brett Muller’s men’s golfers begin the spring season on Friday at the Hastings Invite. The women get started Wednesday, April 3 at the Midland Invite in Fremont, Neb. For a refresher on Bulldog men’s and women’s golf, check out the preview from back in the fall HERE. The women resume play without the services of top golfer Mackenzie Deutschman as she focuses on student teaching. That means senior Chelsea Peck will lead a women’s team that sits 11th in the GPAC after spring qualifiers. Meanwhile, the men, currently tied for 10th in the GPAC, will lean once again upon sophomore Shawn Rodehorst (77.25 first semester average in eight rounds of golf). Check out tee times for the Hastings Invite HERE.

Unseasonably cold weather wreaks havoc on spring sports schedule: Unfavorable weather conditions continued to result in postponements and cancelations for several spring sports last week. Because of the cold weather, the Concordia baseball and men’s and women’s tennis teams have not played a single game or match since returning from spring break. A total of eight combined men’s and women’s tennis matches were canceled, four baseball games were wiped out and a softball home doubleheader was postponed. Make sure to check the schedule pages for each sport for cancelations and makeup dates throughout the season.

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.

Softball

  • Amid the chilly, wintry conditions in Nebraska, head coach Frank Greene’s squad was able to escape to Kansas on March 20 for a doubleheader at Central Christian College in McPherson. The Bulldogs got back on track by whipping the Tigers by scores of 8-0 and 17-4. The two wins improved Concordia’s record to 4-9 on the season.
  • Junior Amanda Beeson enjoyed a monstrous performance in the doubleheader. She highlighted the game one victory by firing a seven-inning, three-hit shutout as part of a career high 13-strikeout performance. The 13 punch outs topped her previous best of 11, a number she reached as a freshman against Sioux Falls (S.D.). In game two, Beeson served as the designated hitter and went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs.
  • Beeson, a native of Waverly, Neb., now has 46 strikeouts (most in the GPAC) in 43.2 innings of work. Her 9.55 strikeouts per nine innings rank 44th among NAIA pitchers nationally. With the shutout, Beeson lowered her season ERA to 4.52. She has fired complete games in five of her seven starts. At the plate, she has five hits in 15 at bats on the season.
  • Concordia combined for 25 hits in the doubleheader. Greene got solid performances from Clarissa Beving (2-for-5, three runs, two RBIs), Hayley Carstens (2-for-3, one RBI) Danielle Harstad (2-for-4, three runs, one RBI), Molly Madsen (3-for-6, four runs, two RBIs), Nicole Mapes (3-for-7, two RBIs, two runs) and Liz Maxwell (3-for-4, one RBI) in addition to Beeson’s big day.
  • Maxwell, a sophomore from Fullerton, Calif., leads the team with a .333 batting average among players with 20 or more plate appearances. A host of regulars currently carry averages between .267 and .292: Danielle Harstad (.292), Angela Harstad (.276), Mapes (.276), Natalie Svoboda (.273), Julia Tyree (.273) and Madsen (.267).
  • As a team, Concordia ranks second in the GPAC with 65 strikeouts – just one fewer than Northwestern for the conference lead. Beeson’s 46 strikeouts make up 70.8 percent of the team’s total. Tyree comes in next with 16 punch outs, while Carstens has fanned three in her two appearances in the circle.
  • The Bulldogs currently sit in seventh in the GPAC in both runs scored per game (4.31) and runs allowed per game (5.69). Concordia remains fourth in fielding percentage (.936). Individually, Beeson is 14th in ERA (4.52) and Tyree is 20th (5.46). Beeson and Tyree also rank fifth and ninth, respectively in innings pitched. Tyree’s three wins are tied for third most in the GPAC. In addition, Tyree owns the 17th best slugging percentage at .545 and sits tied for seventh with two home runs. Svoboda is ranked seventh in runs scored. Madsen is tied for sixth with four doubles.
  • The Bulldogs have a busy three-day stretch ahead with the conference-opening doubleheader at Doane (4-14) on Wednesday and then two games at the Morningside Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday – for a total of four games in three days. The games originally scheduled for Thursday at the Morningside Tournament were canceled. Wednesday’s games at Doane will be webcasted via the Tiger Sports Network. There were also alterations made to the schedule for Friday. View the updated schedule HERE.
  • Concordia is scheduled to host its home opener on Tuesday, April 2 when Dordt (2-13) comes to town for a pair of games.

Baseball

  • Wintry-like spring weather has taken a heavy toll on the non-conference portion of head coach Jeremy Geidel’s 2013 baseball schedule. The Bulldogs’ doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Tabor College (Kan.) was canceled due to inclement weather. The Hillsboro, Kan., area received significant snowfall that blanketed the field over the weekend.
  • The cancelation marked the seventh non-conference doubleheader canceled or postponed because of cold/snowy conditions. Concordia has yet to play a game in the state of Nebraska. The Bulldogs have played eight times in Florida, four games in Kansas and three contests in Oklahoma.
  • Concordia will be back in Kansas tomorrow for a doubleheader at Sterling College. The game was added today in lieu of the cancelation at Tabor College. The Warriors, a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, sport an overall mark of 23-6, including 10-0 at home. The games will begin at 2 p.m. from Sterling, Kan.
  • Concordia will then look forward to conference doubleheaders against Nebraska Wesleyan (away) on Friday and versus Hastings (home) on Saturday. Nebraska Wesleyan is 5-6 overall, while Hastings is 4-13. Saturday’s twin bill at Plum Creek Park will be webcasted live via the Concordia Sports Network. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
  • The Bulldogs have one of the stingiest pitching staffs in the conference as far as base on balls. Concordia hurlers rank second in the GPAC in fewest walks per game (2.0) and have averaged just 2.69 walks per nine innings. Senior right-hander Jeremiah Luber has issued just five free passes in 24.2 innings of work, or 1.82 per nine innings.
  • Geidel stressed the need for more extra base hits from Bulldog batsmen prior to the start of the season. While Concordia is still looking to catch fire offensively, it currently ranks second in the GPAC in doubles per game (1.80). The main catalyst in this department has been senior catcher Ray Finley, who has six doubles in 13 games. Finley is second in the GPAC with 0.46 doubles per game. He also ranks tied for 13th in the conference with 14 RBIs.

26 March 2013