Weekend in Bulldog athletics (April 19)
By Lukas Vigil, Sports Information Intern
Concordia athletics are once again back in action this weekend. With weather permitting here is a rundown of the action that will take place this Friday.
All of this weekend’s baseball and softball games will be viewable live online via the Concordia Sports Network.
NOTE: We are unable to bring you a webcast of the softball game. The game was moved to a different field at Plum Creek Park because of field conditions. We do not have an available connection from the field the game was moved to.
Track and Field: Doane Relays, Crete, Neb., Friday-Saturday
Concordia’s track and field teams are back in action this weekend as they travel to Crete, Neb., as Doane College hosts the Doane Relays. Concordia looks to continue to build momentum this weekend as they got stellar performances from several athletes last weekend at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. Some of the usual names once again performed very well last week. All-American junior Jamie Crouse broke the school record that she held in the hammer throw with a toss of 190’5” – third best in the NAIA this season. Concordia also saw another record get broken when senior Sarah Kortze clocked in a first place time of 36:55 in the 10,000 meter run, breaking the school record by over 20 seconds. Concordia also got another great performance from sophomore Taiheem Pleasant who took first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.88. Along with his first place finish in the 200, Pleasant also ran a critical leg of the 4x400 relay team that took first place as well.
Women’s Tennis: Friday April, 2 p.m. in St. Charles, Mo., vs. Lindenwood University/ Saturday, 9 a.m. in St. Louis, Mo., vs. Missouri Baptist University/ Saturday, 2:30 p.m. in Lebanon, Ill., vs. McKendree University
Concordia’s women’s tennis team will be well traveled after this weekend as they journey to St. Louis, Mo., area for a trio of matches. On Friday the Bulldogs will travel to St. Charles, Mo., to take on Lindenwood University on its home court and then will have an early morning wakeup call when they travel to nearby St. Louis, Mo., to take on Missouri Baptist University. After their match with Missouri Baptist the Bulldogs will make the relatively quick trip east to Lebanon, Ill., to take on McKendree University later on in the afternoon. The Bulldogs hope to respond this weekend after a 7-2 loss to fellow GPAC member Nebraska Wesleyan last weekend. Nebraska Wesleyan nearly swept every singles match against the Bulldogs until Concordia’s No. 1 Katelyn Koll was able to mount a comeback and defeat Nebraska Wesleyan’s No. 1 Maria Mota (4-6, 6-2, 10-4). The lone win for the Bulldogs in doubles competition came when the No. 3 pairing of Mikaela Barz and Liz Kjellsen defeated NWU’s Maria Mota and Hannah Husmann (9-7).
Men’s Tennis: Concordia Invitational Tournament, Friday-Saturday, St. Louis, Mo.
Concordia’s men’s tennis team will part take in the Concordia Invitational Tournament this weekend in St. Louis, Mo. The Bulldogs will look to make some improvements and build some momentum as they enter a critical week of their schedule when they host a pair of GPAC members in Hastings College and Doane College next week. Concordia comes into this weekend after falling 7-2 to fellow GPAC member Nebraska Wesleyan . Just like on the women’s side, NWU nearly swept the Bulldogs in singles play except for the Bulldogs’ No. 2 Cole Egger. Egger was able to hold off Nebraska Wesleyan’s Rene Torti (6-4, 7-6, 7-3) in singles competition. On the doubles side, Concordia’s lone victory came when No. 3 doubles of Jonathan Douglas and Joe Vanderveld defeated Nebraska Wesleyan’s No. 3 pairing of Jordan Barret and Rene Torti.
Saturday: vs. Mount Marty, Seward, Neb., 12 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Briar Cliff, Seward, Neb., 12 p.m.
After a number of schedule changes the Bulldogs will return to the friendly confines of Plum Creek Park where they will host a doubleheader on Saturday against Mount Marty before returning the next day to host Briar Cliff University. Saturday’s doubleheader against Mount Marty will be Senior Day for three Bulldog seniors: Nicole Mapes, Natalie Svoboda and Angela Harstad. The senior trio will lead the Bulldogs into this weekend as they try to bounce back from another tough week of play. The Bulldogs continued their struggle at the plate going 1-3 this past week dropping a doubleheader to Bellevue University, in which they got out scored 31-2. The bright-spot however for the Bulldogs came last weekend as they managed to split against fellow GPAC member Morningside. Their split against Morningside handed the Mustangs their first loss in GPAC play.
Saturday: vs. Northwestern, Seward, Neb., 1 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Morningside, Seward, Neb., 1 p.m.
Concordia’s baseball team will return to Plum Creek Park as it hosts a pair of GPAC schools. Saturday will bring in conference leader Northwestern College who currently holds a 21-14 overall record with an impressive 11-1 record in GPAC play. Sunday the Bulldogs will face Morningside College, which sits at 16-21 overall record with a 6-6 record in GPAC play. The Bulldogs will look to make improvements this weekend as they got mixed results from this past week going 2-3. Concordia was able to manage a pair of splits last weekend as they hosted Dordt College and Mount Marty College. Concordia then made the quick trip west to play nationally ranked No. 14 York College in a nine inning affair. The host Panthers won 5-1.
19 April 2013