Weekend in Bulldog athletics (April 12)
By Lukas Vigil, Sports Information Intern
Here’s a look at Saturday and Sunday action in the world of Bulldog athletics:
-Saturday: Blue River Invite, Seward Country Club, 10 a.m. shotgun start
NOTE: Friday’s action takes place in Crete, Neb., before shifting to Seward for the final round of play.
Outlook: Concordia’s men’s golf will be back in action this weekend as the Bulldogs will play in the Blue River Invite. Friday’s round of golf will take place in Crete, Neb., and then will shift back to the friendly confines of Seward Country Club for the final round of golf on Saturday. “Our guys get pretty excited for the Blue River Invite with it being the only home event of the year,” head coach Brett Muller said. Sophomore Shawn Rodehorst will look to build upon his impressive performance from this past week where he shot a 72 at the third of four GPAC Qualifiers in Lincoln, Neb. Rodehorst placed third out of 55 golfers. Concordia also saw junior Sam DeFrecee make massive improvement from his score of 90 that he recorded at the second GPAC Qualifier back in the fall. This past week DeFrecee shot a 78 catapulting him from 44th place on the GPAC leader board to the 33rd, while Rodehort’s performance this past week catapulted him from 30th all the way to 13th.
Saturday: Concordia (4-4, 1-0 GPAC) vs. Morningside (2-8, 1-0 GPAC), 10 a.m., Fremont, Neb.
Outlook: Concordia’s men’s tennis is back in action this weekend as they travel to Fremont, Neb., to take on fellow GPAC foe Morningside College. The Bulldogs will look to stay undefeated in GPAC play and continue their win streak as they came up with a 7-2 victory last time out against Grand View University. Concordia got solid performances from its No. 1 singles player Nathan Wingfield and No. 2 singles player Cole Egger. Wingfield easily took care of GVU’s No. 1 Phil Kruzan Jr. (6-2, 6-4) while Egger won in straight sets defeating GVU’s No. 2 Tyler Johnson (6-4, 6-2). Cole and Wingfield also paired up to win their No. 1 doubles match against GVU’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Tyler Johnson and Ryan Gilbert (8-4).
-Saturday: Concordia (6-2, 1-0 GPAC) vs. Morningside (7-7, 2-2 GPAC), 10 a.m., Fremont, Neb.
-Saturday: Concordia (6-2, 1-0 GPAC) vs. Mount Marty (2-3, 0-2 GPAC), 2 p.m., Fremont, Neb.
Outlook: Concordia’s women’s tennis will also be in action this weekend as they get set to take on a pair of GPAC foes in Fremont, Neb. The Bulldogs will take on Morningside on Saturday and will finish up the weekend with a match against Mount Marty on Sunday. Just like the men’s team, the women’s team also looks to build upon their undefeated conference record while also building upon their dominant performance from last weekend. Concordia swept Grand View University last weekend (9-0) getting strong performances from all six singles players and all three of their doubles pairings. The only scare of the match was when No. 1 doubles Katelyn Koll and Lindsea Vaudt barely edged GVU’s No. 1 pairing of Natalia Romero and Lauren Lightner (8-6).
Track and field:
-Saturday: Concordia Outdoor Invite, 12 p.m., Seward, Neb.
Competing schools: Colby Community College (Kan.), Doane, Hastings, Midland, Nebraska Wesleyan, Northern State (S.D.), Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State.
Outlook: Concordia’s track and field team are back in action again this weekend as they continue to build upon their early success of the outdoor season. Last week’s UNK Loper Invite in Kearney, Neb., saw a handful of impressive performances from Bulldog athletes. On the women’s side they got their usual strong and stellar performance from junior three-time All American Jamie Crouse. Crouse had a whopping toss of 183’ in the hammer throw, which crushed the school record by four feet and shattered her own personal record by eight feet. Crouse wasn’t the only one to have success in the hammer throw as freshman Stephanie Cooley broke the freshman school record with a toss of 162’9”. On the men’s side, sophomore Thai Pleasant will look to build upon his impressive performance last weekend. Pleasant took second overall in the 400 meter hurdles and nearly broke the school record with a time of 53.94.
-Saturday: Dordt (4-13, 2-6 GPAC) at Concordia (10-16, 3-5 GPAC), 1 p.m., Seward, Neb., (Live Webcast)
-Sunday: Mount Marty (11-17, 5-3 GPAC) at Concordia (10-16, 3-5 GPAC) at 1 p.m., Seward, Neb., (Live Webcast)
Outlook: The Bulldog baseball team will finally return to Seward to host a double header against Dordt College on Saturday and then Mount Marty on Sunday (originally scheduled to take place at Mount Marty). Concordia will look to bounce back after suffering a rough weekend where they went 1-3. The Bulldogs split a pair of games against Briar Cliff last Saturday (April 6th) and then had to travel to Mitchell, S.D., the next day to play a pair of games against Dakota Wesleyan where they lost both games. The Bulldogs hope to get better pitching performances this weekend as they surrendered 28 runs last weekend. One of the highlights however was their strong pitching performance they got from senior Joe Brandenburg, who pitched a one hit shutout against Briar Cliff in their second game last Saturday.
-Sunday: Concordia (8-15, 2-4 GPAC) at Morningside (15-8, 4-0 GPAC), 1 p.m., Sioux City, Iowa, (Live Stats)
Outlook: The Bulldog softball team is back in action this weekend as they travel to take on fellow GPAC member Morningside College. Concordia hopes to bounce back from a disappointing performance last weekend as they were swept in a doubleheader against Northwestern College. The Red Raiders allowed only one hit in their first game as they beat Concordia 9-0 in five innings. The Red Raiders bats exploded once again in the second game as they defeated Concordia 12-3 to wrap up the sweep. Concordia hopes their bats will come alive this weekend as the Bulldogs have been struggling as of late scoring only four runs in their past four games.
-Sunday/Monday: Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, Lincoln, Neb.
Outlook: After nearly two weeks off, Concordia’s women’s golf is back in action this weekend as they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to part take in the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. Concordia’s latest tournament was the Midland Spring Invite back on April 3, where the Bulldogs tied for sixth in team standings. Concordia got a solid performance from senior Chelsea Peck, who recorded a score of 89 and finished in a tie for third place overall out of 52 golfers. Concordia was supposed to take part in GPAC Qualifier No. 3 this past week in Lincoln, Neb., but due to the bad weather the No. 3 and No. 4 GPAC Qualifiers will now take place on April 26 in Dakota Dunes, S.D.
12 April 2013
Bulldog softball is one of several Concordia athletic teams that will be in action this weekend.