Nine Bulldogs recognized on All-GPAC baseball teams
Goodrich leads the way with First Team honor and Gold Glove
Led by the All-GPAC First Team selection for senior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.), nine members of the Concordia University, Nebraska, baseball team was recognized as members of the All-GPAC baseball teams.
Goodrich was Concordia's only First Team member, however, junior Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Andrew Yerrell (Santa Fe, Texas) were named to the All-GPAC Second Team. The six Bulldogs that earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention were seniors Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.), Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.), Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.), Martin Rodriquez (Tucson, Ariz.), junior Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Michael Hodges (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Goodrich and Rodriguez also were named to the annual GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Baseball Gold Glove Team for center and left field, respectively. Goodrich finished the season with just one error in 118 chances (.992 fielding percentage), while Rodriguez did not make an error in 63 chances (1.000).
Goodrich had a standout senior season, leading Concordia in most offensive categories including batting average (.390), hits (69), runs scored (43), doubles (11), stolen bases (17) and slugging percentage (.463). Goodrich plans to continue his baseball career at the professional level for the Chicago Jets, signing with the independent rookie level team in mid-April.
Carrying the burden behind the plate, Finley was Concordia's most consistent power source this season, leading the Bulldogs with 29 RBI and tied for the team lead with two home runs. Finley also posted an impressive .311 batting average.
In just his first year, Yerrell appeared in 46 games and posted a .299 average on the year. Primarily serving as a designated hitter, Yerrell delivered 24 RBI and scored 26 runs.
The six Bulldogs receiving honorable mention also posted a strong 2012. Rodriguez finished the year third on the team with a .319 batting average, while Kyle Ivanoff led Concordia with 23 walks and was second on the team with 47 hits and a .320 batting average. Flores, meanwhile, finished the season with a .284 average, collecting 46 hits.
Anderson led the Concordia bullpen with a 1.75 ERA and six saves in 24 appearances. Steven Ivanoff and Hodges anchored the Bulldogs' rotation, combining for a 10-8 record. Steven Ivanoff led Concordia with 63.2 innings and tossed five complete games. Hodges finished his freshman campaign with a 3-3 mark and an impressive 2.96 ERA in 49.2 innings.
9 May 2012