Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Jamie Crouse, track and field
Crouse’s hammer throw of 183’ at the Loper Invite allowed her to claim first place and qualify for nationals while also breaking the school record by nearly four feet. That mark ranks the junior Belgrade, Neb., native third on the NAIA leaderboard. Crouse is already a three-time All-American.
Male: Joe Brandenburg, baseball
Brandenburg, a senior from Waconia, Minn., pitched a gem over the weekend when he threw a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over Briar Cliff. Brandenburg limited the Chargers to just four base runners as he lowered his ERA to a team best 2.70.
News and Notes:
Limbacks excited to rejoin Bulldog family: New head men’s basketball coach Ben Limback and his family are more than a little excited to return to Concordia, where both Limback and his wife Kelley graduated from. To read more about Limback’s return and his vision for Bulldog men’s basketball, click HERE.
Several Bulldogs claim weekly GPAC honors: Last week saw several Bulldogs receive accolades within the conference as Camaren Gause (baseball), Katelyn Koll (tennis) and Shawn Rodehorst (golf) each earned weekly GPAC honors. Softball’s Amanda Beeson was recognized a week earlier as the GPAC Pitcher of the Week.
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.
- Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s Bulldogs are now in the thick of conference play after winning one of four GPAC games over the weekend. The lone victory came in game two of the April 6 doubleheader at Briar Cliff as right-handed pitcher Joe Brandenburg fired a one-hit shutout. After a 1-4 week, Concordia sits at 10-16 overall and 3-5 in conference action. For more details on last week’s action, click HERE.
- Brandenburg, a native of Waconia, Minn., emerged as the clear bright spot on the week with his masterpiece against the Chargers. He befuddled the Briar Cliff batsmen with excellent command of his fastball, curveball and changeup as he limited them to four baserunners in the seven-inning complete game. Brandenburg lowered his ERA to a team best 2.70 and improved his mark to 2-3.
- Brandenburg rates as one of the most difficult pitchers in the league to hit. His opponents’ batting average of .216 is fourth in the GPAC. He has also moved up to fifth in the conference in ERA.
- Junior left fielder Zach Gulley produced the biggest week at the plate as he went 7-for-17 (.412) to raise his season average to .316 – third highest on the team. Over last week’s action, Gulley doubled three times, scored twice, drove in two runs and stole three bases. He has started 25 of the team’s first 26 games. Gulley’s .474 slugging percentage is ninth best in the GPAC.
- Freshman third baseman Tyler Harris and junior center fielder Camaren Gause are in a close race for the team batting title. Harris’ .354 clip currently sits just ahead of Gause’s .350 batting average. Gause tops Concordia in hits (28), doubles (9), runs (17) and on-base percentage (.407). Gause, shortstop Kyle Ivanoff and infielder Andrew Yerrell are the only Bulldogs that have started all 26 games.
- While Ivanoff has committed 13 errors as Concordia’s every-game shortstop, a closer look at the numbers reveals he has some of the best range among league infielders. No GPAC shortstop has handled more chances (putouts plus assists) per game than Ivanoff, who has averaged 4.42 chances per game. Only Morningside second baseman A.J. Staiert (4.88 chances per game) ranks above Ivanoff among all regular infielders in the conference. Ivanoff’s 2.5 assists per game lead all GPAC players.
- The Bulldogs possess one of the stingiest starting pitching staffs as far as walks allowed. Brandenburg (1.69 walks per game), Jeremiah Luber (2.65 walks per game) and Luke Parish-Ward (2.83 walks per game) all rank in the top 15 in the GPAC for fewest free passes per outing.
- Geidel shuffled around his lineup in the middle of this past weekend’s action. After using shortstop Kyle Ivanoff in the No. 3 hole for the first 23 games of the season prior to moving him to the leadoff spot in game two of the Saturday twin bill at Briar Cliff. Freshman second baseman Alex Cargin has batted second the past three games, while center fielder Camaren Gause moved up one position to third and Daniel Wilkerson shifted into the cleanup slot.
- Concordia will look to play at a higher level against conference opponents this weekend. The Bulldogs finally host their home-opening doubleheader on Saturday (1 p.m.) when Dordt comes to town. Concordia will then travel to play a twin bill at Mount Marty on Sunday (1 p.m.).
Track and Field
- The Bulldogs continued outdoor action this past weekend as they participated in the Loper Invite hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Several individuals produced satisfying results, most notably junior Jamie Crouse, who broke the school record in the hammer throw. To read more about the Loper Invite, click HERE.
- Crouse, a three-time All-American, broke former Bulldog Sara Retzlaff’s previous school record of 179’3” in the hammer throw with her performance at UNK. Crouse’s toss of 183’ bested Retzlaff by nearly four feet and shattered her own personal record by roughly eight feet. Crouse recorded a hammer throw of 174’3” at the Wildcat Classic on March 30, meaning she improved by nearly nine feet between the first and second meets this spring. Crouse’s hammer throw of 183’ is an automatic national qualifying mark and ranks third in the NAIA this season.
- Freshman Elizabeth King also impressed with her work in the javelin at UNK. Her throw of 134’2” reached the ‘B’ national qualifying mark and fell just 11 centimeters short of the automatic mark. King won the javelin at UNK by nearly 15 feet.
- Sophomore Taiheem Pleasant came in second in the 400 meter hurdles with his ‘B’ national qualifying mark of 53.94, .14 short of the ‘A’ mark. Pleasant also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished second with a time of 3:18.20, just over two seconds off the ‘A’ qualifying time. Pleasant currently ranks fourth in the NAIA in the 400 meter hurdles while the 4x400 meter relay team, which also includes Jaap Van Gaalen, Benjamin Hinckfoot and John Cartier, ranks ninth.
- Senior standout Sarah Kortze won the 5,000 meter run by clocking in at 18:16.47. The Rockford, Ill., native is still working her way into top form after sitting out the indoor season. She is a two-time cross country All-American.
- The Bulldogs’ talented women’s pole vault trio of Cynthia Mick, Kamala Moore and Shelby Yelden each finished in the top three in the event at UNK. Mick tied for second while Moore and Yelden both tied for third. All three cleared an automatic national qualifying mark of 11’9 ¾” at the Wildcat Classic in the season’s first meet. That measurement is tied for fourth best in the NAIA.
- Freshman Stephanie Coley, already an indoor All-American in the shot put, continued her fine first year as a Bulldog with a record-setting performance at UNK. Coley, who qualified for the outdoor national championships with her effort in the shot put at the Wildcat Classic, broke the school’s freshman record in the hammer throw with her toss of 162’9” as she placed fifth at the Loper Invite.
- Junior John Cartier ran a solid 48.94 in the 400 meter dash on the way to a second-place finish at UNK. Cartier, who hails from Las Vegas, Nev., appears to be back into form after battling injuries throughout much of the winter season.
- Freshman Josh Slechta had a great day as a thrower on the men’s side on April 6. Slechta won the javelin with a throw of 158’8”. The Kennard, Neb., native also placed 11th in the discus with a mark of 145’.
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squads will host for the first time this spring when the Concordia Outdoor Invite takes place on Saturday inside Bulldog Stadium. The first events are set to begin at 12 p.m. Check out the complete schedule HERE. Competing teams will include Colby Community College, Doane, Hastings, Midland, Nebraska Wesleyan, Northern State (S.D.), Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State.
- Concordia concluded a frustrating homestand last week as it went 1-5 with the lone victory being a 9-1, run-rule win over Dordt in the first game of a doubleheader on April 2. In the two other home doubleheaders, the Bulldogs were swept by both Peru State and Northwestern. To read more about last week’s action, click HERE. Concordia now sports an 8-15 overall record and a 2-4 GPAC mark.
- The main problem for head coach Frank Greene’s squad has been a lack of consistency at the plate. Prior to the six-game homestand, the Bulldogs had won five of six games and had hit .366 over that stretch. Since then Concordia has hit just .203 (27-for-133) and averaged 2.7 runs per game.
- The Bulldogs showed some signs of life at the plate in the final game of the week – a 12-3 loss to Northwestern – by mounting eight hits. Three of those came from freshman infielder Danielle Harstad, who leads the team with a .353 batting average (19th in the GPAC). The native of Lewiston, Minn., now has two three-hit games this season while starting 20 of 23 games. The bulk of her playing time has come at shortstop and third base.
- Junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson appeared to be on her way to another spectacular outing in game one versus Northwestern. She held the Red Raiders to only one hit through four innings until the powerful Northwestern lineup exploded for eight runs off of her in the fifth. Beeson still managed to strike out seven to push her season total to a GPAC-leading 81 punch outs. She is also 10th in the conference in ERA (3.77) and fourth in innings pitched (74.1).
- Despite recent struggles, the Bulldogs have plenty of time to make up ground in the formidable GPAC. With 14 conference games to go and a jumbled middle of the standings, Greene is determined to get his team back on track for the stretch run. “I’m not going to quit,” Greene said. “I’m not going to quit on them and I’m hoping they’re not going to quit either. You just don’t quit on each other. You get after it. That’s about the only choice that you have. Hopefully we can find the right attitude to come through this.”
- Besides Danielle Harstad, the Bulldogs have two other regulars batting .300 or better: catcher Amber Topil (.327) and outfielder Nicole Mapes (.300). Topil, a Seward native, hit .550 (11-for-20) during a recent seven-game hitting streak. Meanwhile, Mapes has at least one hit in six of her last seven games. She is hitting .304 (7-for-23) during that stretch.
- Sophomore Hayley Carstens made her third appearance in the circle when she took the ball versus Northwestern on April 6. The Bulldogs have used just three pitchers to date with Beeson and freshman Julia Tyree logging 139.2 of a possible 142.2 innings (97.9 percent) this season.
- With this past Sunday’s scheduled home games versus Briar Cliff and Tuesday’s and Wednesdays’ games also wiped out, Concordia has a chance to take a breather. The Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday for a twin bill against preseason league favorite Morningside.
- Concordia men’s golfers took to Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday for GPAC Qualifier No. 3 on Monday. They shaved 10 strokes off their score from the second qualifier and finished in eighth place on the day. Sophomore standout Shawn Rodehorst, named the GPAC Men’s Golfer of the Week on April 3, led the way with a 72 on Monday, vaulting him from 30th place to 13th on the individual leaderboard. For more on the qualifier event, click HERE.
- Rodehorst has shot 82-78-72–232 (+18) at the first three qualifier events, moving him within striking distance of a top-10 finish needed for all-conference honors. “I’m really excited about how Shawn’s been playing, shooting a 72 today and vaulting up 17 spots,” Muller said. “He was a little disappointed with his first two rounds in the fall. His goal before the season was to be all-conference and now he has himself in position to get there.”
- Junior Sam DeFreece also improved his score immensely from the previous qualifier as he carded a 78 on Monday. DeFreece skyrocketed from 44th to 33rd place with his three-round total of 85-90-78–253. “Sam came in in the fall and was playing pretty good,” Muller said. “Then he tapered off a bit but we knew what he was capable of. He’s another guy that improved immensely.”
- The remaining results for Concordia at Monday’s GPAC Qualifier were: Sam Mayhall (87), Sam Simonson (88) and Mitchell Volk (89).
- The Bulldog women opened their spring season on April 3 at the Midland Spring Invite in Fremont, Neb., roughly a week after the men competed for the first time this spring. The Bulldog women took sixth place as they carded a team score of 397 amid chilly morning conditions at tee time. “It was a chilly start to the season,” Bulldog head coach Brett Muller said. “But we did a good job being prepared. They never used it as an excuse.”
- With Concordia’s top fall golfer, Mackenzie Deutschmann (team best 88.43 average in seven rounds as a senior) missing the spring season to student teach, senior Chelsea Peck stepped up nicely in the first spring competition. The Lincoln native tied for third at Midland with an 89 – the lowest score among Bulldog competitors. That score came in below her fall average of 93.29 in seven rounds. It also came up three strokes shy of her season low from the fall – an 86 on day one of the Nebraska Wesleyan Fall Invite on Sept. 16. “Chelsea was our highlight (at Midland),” Muller said. “She was pretty consistent throughout the day. She three-putted three times, otherwise she may have won it. I was real pleased with her effort.”
- As they did in the fall, sophomore Melissa McIntosh, senior Madison Phillips and sophomore Jenelle Hallaert held down three of the four remaining spots on the varsity roster. McIntosh turned in a 99 to tie for 22nd while Phillips fell in just behind with a 100 and Hallaert carded a 109.
- Sophomore Allison Schieffer competed on varsity for the first time and notched a 121 at Midland. Muller says the last varsity spot will be up for grabs between Schieffer and freshmen Gretly Bremmer and Kristin Remm throughout the spring.
- Steadier play throughout the lineup will be a key for replacing Deutschmann and moving up in the GPAC pecking order. Concordia sits in 11th (415-392–807) in the GPAC after the first two qualifier events of the season. “Everyone on the team is real positive,” Muller said. “We think we can improve on what we shot today. We’ll get back out there and show that we are better than we golfed during the fall semester.” Tuesday’s scheduled qualifier was postponed due to the cold and rainy conditions.
- Both of head coach Sam Nelson’s men’s and women’s tennis squads went 2-1 last week in a busy stretch of tennis. Concordia played three days in a row from Wednesday through Friday last week. After losing to the University of Nebraska-Kearney on April 3, both Bulldog teams responded with wins over Midland on April 4 and victories over Grand View on April 5. The women are now 6-2 overall and 1-0 in GPAC competition, while the men are 4-4 overall and 1-0 in league play. To read more about last week’s matches, click HERE.
- The Bulldog women were particularly dominant in their final two matches of the week. They won both by 9-0 scores, giving them 9-0 wins in their of their past four outings. Concordia lost a total of only six singles games and five doubles games in the shutout of Midland to open conference play. They dominated again against Grand View, dropping only 15 singles games and eight doubles games in another 9-0 blanking.
- At 6-2 overall, Concordia owns by far the top winning percentage among GPAC teams. No. 25 Nebraska Wesleyan (6-6) and Morningside (7-7) are the only other conference teams with records of at least .500.
- All seven Bulldog women who have competed this season possess singles records above .500. Junior Katelyn Koll, who has played all season at the No. 1 position, holds the top winning percentage with a record of 5-2. The remaining records are: Mikaela Barz (4-2 at Nos. 5/6); Chelsea Haack (5-3 at No. 2); Grace Hollenbeck (5-3 at No. 4); Lindsea Vaudt (5-3 at No. 3); Liz Kjellsen (2-1 at No. 6); Elyse Kohl (4-3 at No. 5).
- The men also shook off the loss to UNK to play solid tennis to close out the week. They defeated Midland 6-3 before recording a 7-2 win over Grand View. Individually, Cole Egger (No. 2), Mike McCartney (No. 3) and Jonathan Douglas (No. 4) ended the week with two-match winning streaks in singles. The Bulldogs also saw similar success at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles as both positions won their bouts against Midland and Grand View.
- Sophomore Jonathan Douglas moved up from No. 5 singles to No. 4 for the final two matches of the week. The transition was seamless as the Fenton, Mo., native captured wins by scores of 6-1, 6-1 over his counterpart from Midland and 6-2, 6-0 over his competitor from Grand View. Douglas carries the top singles mark (6-2) on the team. He is also 6-2 at No. 3 doubles with partner Joe Vanderveld.
- The Bulldog men went 5-4 on the week in doubles play to improve their season record to 13-11 in doubles. Concordia is seeking improvement in singles, where they own a record of 18-30.
- The April 5 matches were played on the outdoor courts on campus and at Plum Creek Park, marking the first home matches of the season that took place outdoors. This made for an adjustment as the outdoor surfaces play much faster than the indoor surface inside the Fieldhouse. “It’s a little different,” said McCartney, a junior from Davenport, Iowa. “Inside you have a little more time to set up your shot and out here at the higher level, you have to learn to hit the ball on the run and deal with bad situations a little better.”
- Nelson’s Bulldogs continue play this week beginning with home matches versus Doane. The men take on the Tigers at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, while the women welcome Doane for a 4 p.m. match on Thursday. Check out the rest of the schedule HERE.
9 April 2013
Head coach Sam Nelson (left), senior Lindsea Vaudt (middle) and junior Katelyn Koll (right) have Bulldog women's tennis off to a 6-2 start.