2011 - Baseball schedule/results

19-28 Overall, 9-13 GPAC - view stats for season

FEBRUARY
Feb. 19 Northwestern Oklahoma State Univ. (2) Alva, Okla.

L 6-2
L 6-4

Feb. 20 Northwestern Oklahoma State Univ. (2) Alva, Okla. L 14-4 (6)
L 9-2
MARCH
Mar. 1 Bethany College (2) Lindsborg, Kan. L 2-1
W 9-5
Mar. 2 Bethany College (2) Lindsborg, Kan. W 5-1
L 5-2
Mar. 4 Manhattan Christian College (2) Manhattan, Kan. W 9-3
W 8-4
RussMatt Baseball Invitational-March 10-17
Mar. 8 Purdue North Central (Ind.) (1) Tampa, Fla. L 6-5
Mar. 9 Ave Maria University (Fla.) (1)  Tampa, Fla.  W 7-3
Mar. 11 Roosevelt University (Ill.) (1)  Tampa, Fla.  W 5-1
Mar. 12  Roosevelt University (Ill.) (1)  Tampa, Fla.  W 7-1
Mar. 16 Nebraska Wesleyan University (1) Lincoln, Neb.  W 14-9
Mar. 19 Peru State College (2) Peru, Neb. L 1-0
L 6-5
Mar. 20 Peru State College (2) Seward, Neb. L 6-4
W 4-3
Mar. 22  York College (2)  York, Neb.  L 5-2
L 10-3 
Mar. 30  Dordt College (2) * Seward, Neb.  W 6-2
W 4-1 
APRIL
April 2  Midland University (2) *  Seward, Neb.  L 10-1
L 11-1 (5)
April 3  Mount Marty College (2) *  Yankton, S.D.  L 14-4
L 8-7
April 5 York College (2) Seward, Neb. W 15-1 (5)
L 15-4 (6)
April 9  Morningside College (2) * Sioux City, Iowa  L 4-1
L 8-7
April 10 Briar Cliff University (2) * Seward, Neb. W 5-3
W 11-1 (5)
April 12  Northwestern College (2) *  Seward, Neb. L 8-5
W 6-3
April 20 Dakota Wesleyan University (2) * Seward, Neb. L 3-0
W 6-0
April 22 Doane College (2) * Crete, Neb. L 8-2
L 6-4
April 23 University of Sioux Falls (2) * Seward, Neb. L 4-3 (8)
W 4-1
April 28 Hastings College (2) * Hastings, Neb. L 10-5
W 9-4
April 30 Nebraska Wesleyan University (2) * (Senior Night) Seward, Neb. W 9-0
L 7-2
MAY
May 5-7 GPAC Tournament  Sioux City, Iowa &
S. Sioux City, Neb. 
 
May 5  vs. Hastings College  Sioux City, Iowa
North High Field
L 8-1
May 5  vs. Morningside
Elimination Game
South Sioux City, Neb. - Voss Field L 2-1 (8)

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2011 Roster

No.

Name

B/T

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

1

Paul Rowlett

R/R

RHP

6-3  

Jr.

Lodgepole, Neb.

2

Martin Rodriguez

R/R

OF

6-0

Jr.

Tucson, Ariz.

3

Kyle Ivanoff 

R/R 

IF/RHP 

5-11 

So. 

Tucson, Ariz. 

4      

Eric Gramenz

R/R

RHP

5-10 

Sr.

Steeleville, Ill.

6

T.J. Conway

R/R

OF

5-7

Jr.

Crete, Neb.

7

Eric Ellison

L/R

OF/1B

6-2

Fr.

Bennington, Neb.

8

Anthony Flores

R/R

2B

5-8

Jr.

Craig, Colo.

Joe Brandenburg 

L/R

SS/RHP 

5-11 

Fr. 

Waconia, Minn. 

10

Nate Comes

R/R

OF

5-8 

Sr.

Grimes, Iowa

11

Robbie Jeppesen

L/L

LHP

6-2

Jr.

Pleasant Dale, Neb.

12

Heath Benker

R/R

RHP

6-1

Fr.

Florence, Colo.

13

Josh Anderson

R/R

RHP/3B

6-3

Jr.

Westminster, Colo

15 

Jacob Yurich

R/R

RHP

6-2

Sr.

Aurora, Colo

16

Brandon Pflug

R/R

C

6-3

Jr.

Ft. Morgan, Colo

18

Dustin Matlock

R/R

3B/RHP

5-11

Sr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

19

Ryan George

R/R

C

6-2

Jr.

Urbandale, Iowa

20

Nick Thill

R/R

RHP

6-0

So.

Littleton, Colo.

21

Zak Goodrich

R/R

OF

5-8

Jr.

Lutz, Fla.

22 

Jon Raitt 

R/R 

1B

6-4

So.

Columbus, Neb. 

23

Tate Bedwell

R/R

2B

6-0 

Jr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

24

Caleb Taylor 

R/L 

LHP 

6-0 

Sr.

Georgetown, Texas 

25

Dakota Thompson

R/R

RHP

6-1

Fr.

Orange, Calif.

26

Nolan Schaefer

R/R

C

6-1

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

27

Steven Ivanoff

R/R

RHP

6-1

Jr.

Tucson, Ariz.

28

Jeremiah Luber

R/R

3B/RHP

6-0

So.

Waverly, Neb.

29

Mitch Nathan

R/R

C/1B

6-1

Sr.

Golden, Colo

30

Ray Finley

R/R

C/RHP

5-9

Jr.

Tuscon, Ariz.

31

Jordan Ahl

R/R

RHP

6-2

So.

Fairbury, Neb.

32

Josh Nance

L/L

OF

6-0

Jr.

Brighton, Colo

33 

Tim Fosmo 

R/R 

RHP 

6-0 

Fr. 

Douglas, Wyo. 

35 

James Ferguson 

R/R 

OF 

5-8

Fr. 

Columbus, Neb. 

36 

Jordan Stirtz

R/R 

3B/RHP 

6-0

So. 

Gretna, Neb.

40        

Ty Shaw

S/R

C

5-11

Sr.

Montrose, Colo.

41 

Austin Velasquez 

R/R 

5-7 

Fr. 

Littleton, Colo. 

44

Silas Stewart

R/R

OF

5-7

Fr.

Tuscon, Ariz.

45

Michael Daniels

R/R

2B

5-6

Jr.

Taylorsville, NC  

50 

Kyle Hamburger 

R/R 

SS/RHP 

5-8 

Fr. 

Hastings, Neb.

51

Andrew Clasen 

R/R 

2B

5-9 

Fr. 

New Braunfels, Texas 

53 

Brandon Wood 

R/R 

1B/RHP 

5-11 

Fr.

Polk, Neb.

54 

Joel Newton 

R/R 

OF 

6-3 

Fr.

Rockford, Ill.

55

Aleks Strehlke

R/R

OF

5-10

Fr.

Mayer, Minn.

56

Charlie Scheuber

L/L

LHP

5-11

So.

Denver, Colo.

58

Ryan Lane

L/R

C

6-1

Fr.

Mayer, Minn.

2011 - Coaching staff

Head Coach: Jeremy Geidel

Assistant coach: Ben Brink

Assistant coach: John Couch

Assistant coach: Kevin Poppe

2011 GPAC preseason baseball poll released

4 FEB 2011

The Concordia University baseball team is picked to finish 11th in the 2011 GPAC preseason baseball poll.  The Bulldogs finished the 2010 season with a 14-36 overall record to go along with an 11-13 mark in GPAC play. 

Mount Marty College, who received 11 of the 12 first place votes and 121 points, is the baseball coaches’ choice to win the 2011 GPAC title.  The Lancers were 39-17 overall and 20-4 in conference play last season.  Northwestern College is second with the final first place vote and 99 points, while the University of Sioux Falls is third with 98 points. 

The GPAC baseball season will consist of 22 games (11 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC postseason tournament on May 57 in Hastings, Neb.

2011 GPAC Preseason Baseball Poll
1. Mount Marty College – 121 Points, 11 First Place Votes
2. Northwestern College – 99 Points, 1 First Place Vote
3. University of Sioux Falls – 98 Points
4. Hastings College – 85 Points
5. Doane College – 84 Points
6. Briar Cliff University – 74 Points
7. Morningside College – 69 Points
8. Dakota Wesleyan University – 52 Points
9. Midland University – 40 Points
10. Nebraska Wesleyan University – 32 Points
11. Concordia University – 22 Points
12. Dordt College – 12 Points

Bulldogs set to open season this Friday

7 FEB 2011

The Concordia University baseball team is scheduled to open up the 2011 season on February 11.  The Bulldogs were 14-36 overall and 11-13 in conference play a year ago.  Concordia also made it to the GPAC Tournament in 2010.  The Bulldogs were picked to finish 11th in the 2011 GPAC preseason coaches’ poll. 

Concordia must find a way to replace a trio of All-Conference selections from a year ago.  Nate Schmoll and Jacob Shaffer were Second Team All-GPAC selections, while Brad Ramp was an honorable mention All-GPAC selection in 2010 for the Bulldogs.  Schmoll was one of the top offensive performers, while both Shaffer and Ramp were leaders on the mound in 2010 for Concordia.

The Bulldogs will look to junior Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and senior Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for leadership.  Goodrich was a Second Team All-GPAC performer in 2010 after starting all 50 games for the Bulldogs.  He hit .375 and led the team in hits, runs scored, doubles, triples and stolen bases. 

Matlock had a team-high nine homers in 2010 and was second on the team with 28 RBI’s.  His .594 slugging percentage was tops on the team last season. 

Concordia will hope for improved pitching and defense in the 2011 season.  Last year, the Bulldog pitching staff finished with a 5.74 team ERA.  The Bulldog defense also totaled 109 errors last year which added pressure to the pitching staff. 

Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.), who appeared in a team-best 22 games last year, returns in his junior season for the Bulldogs.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) and Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) also return for the Bulldogs this season.  The duo combined to start 19 games for Concordia last year.  Ivanoff tossed three complete games and totaled a team-best 39 strikeouts on the season.

Concordia opens the season at Mid America Nazarene University in Kansas on February 11 and 12.  The Bulldogs will travel to Florida for their spring break trip this year, and the home opener is scheduled for March 20 against Peru State College. 

Bulldogs travel to NW Oklahoma State this weekend, webcast available on Sunday

15 FEB 2011

The Concordia University baseball team will open the 2011 season this weekend at Northwest Oklahoma State.  The Bulldogs will play two games on both days with first pitch scheduled for noon.  Northwest Oklahoma State will have live stats and an audio broadcast of Sunday’s games at the following link; http://www.nwosu.edu/broadcast

Bulldogs open season with 6-2 and 6-4 losses to NW Oklahoma State

19 FEB 2011

Game One - NW Oklahoma State 6, Concordia University 2 (view stats)

Game Two - NW Oklahoma State 6, Concordia University 4 (view stats)

Northwestern Oklahoma State picked up a pair of baseball wins over Concordia University on Saturday.  Scores of the games were 6-2 and 6-4.  It was the opening games of the year for the Bulldogs, while the Rangers improved to 6-2 on the season with the wins.

In game one, Concordia opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the third.  An RBI single by T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) put the Bulldogs on top 1-0.  The host Rangers responded quickly and put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead.  Quinton Haynes had an RBI single, and Juan Natal knocked in two with a single in the NW Oklahoma State third inning.

Concordia cut the lead to one with a single run in the top of the fourth.  Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) drove in Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a single to make the score 3-2. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth.  Following a single, stolen base and sacrifice fly, Kyle Weber delivered an RBI single to score Clint Dodds, and NW Oklahoma State grabbed a 4-2 lead.  The Rangers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final score of 6-2. 

Concordia finished with just five hits in game one.  Conway had two of the five hits.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) suffered the loss on the mound after allowing four runs on nine hits with three walks in 4.2 innings of work. 

In game two, Concordia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  The Bulldogs had two hits in the inning and took advantage of a NW Oklahoma State error.  The big hit of the inning was by Matlock, who delivered a two-run single to give Concordia the early advantage. 

Concordia added another run in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) had an RBI on a fielder’s choice which scored Josh Nance. 

The Rangers got back into the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Northwestern Oklahoma State had just one hit in the inning but took advantage of two Concordia errors to plate the two runs. 

The Bulldogs responded with a single run in the top of the sixth.  With one out in the inning, Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) doubled.  Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) followed with an RBI single which increased the Bulldog lead to 4-2. 

The Rangers rallied in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits and one Concordia error.  The Rangers had an RBI single and two solo homers in the inning.  A failed pickoff attempt and a wild pitch also proved costly for Concordia in the inning.  The Bulldogs were unable to rally down the stretch, and the Rangers held on for the 6-4 win. 

Concordia totaled eight hits in the second game.  Finley and Goodrich had two hits apiece.  Caleb Taylor (Georgetown, Texas) took the loss on the mound.  The senior allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work. 

Concordia and Northwestern Oklahoma State will play two more games on Sunday.  

Bulldogs remain winless after 14-4 and 9-2 losses at NW Oklahoma State

20 FEB 2011

Game One - NW Oklahoma State 14, Concordia University 4 (6 innings) (view stats)

Game Two - NW Oklahoma State 9, Concordia University 2 (view stats)

Northwest Oklahoma State picked up two more baseball wins over Concordia on Sunday.  The Rangers took game one by the score of 14-4 in six innings and game two by the score of 9-2.  NWOSU improved to 8-2 on the year with the wins, while Concordia remained winless at 0-4. 

In game one, the Rangers erupted for eight runs on six hits and three Bulldog errors in the opening inning.  The Rangers added a single run in the third, four more runs in the fourth and a single run in the sixth as they cruised to the victory. 

J.C. Aguayo went 4-for-5 at the plate with four driven in to lead the way for NWOSU.  George Flores went 3-for-3 with three driven in on the day, while Mario Carrasco earned the win on the mound for the Rangers. 

Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) each had two hits for Concordia in the loss.  Flores, Ty Shaw (Montrose, Colo.) and Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) all drove in runs for the Bulldogs.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound after allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in just three innings of work. 

The host Rangers again got off to a solid start in game two.  NWOSU plated four runs in the second inning on three hits and one Concordia error.  The Rangers added a single run in the third, three runs in the fourth and another single run in the fifth, while Concordia managed just six hits in the loss. 

Aguayo went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s, and Kkyle Weber was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Rangers.  Ben Dorman allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work to pick up the win. 

T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Concordia offense in game two.  Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) allowed nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings of work for the Bulldogs. 

Concordia travels to Bethany College on February 26 and 27. 

Big first inning key in 7-3 win over Ave Maria University

9 MAR 2011

Concordia University 7, Ave Maria University 3 (view stats)

Concordia University jumped out to an early lead and picked up a 7-3 baseball win over Ave Maria University today in Florida.  The Bulldogs improved to 5-7 on the season with the win, while the Gyrenes dropped to 9-16 with the loss. 

The Bulldogs used two hits and several Ave Maria miscues to take the lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) opened the inning with a double.  T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) walked, and Ty Shaw (Montrose, Colo.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) followed with a 2-run single to score Goodrich and Conway.  An error by Ave Maria allowed two more runs to cross the plate later in the inning, and Concordia took an early 4-0 advantage. 

Concordia added a single run in the third inning.  Shaw led off the inning with a walk, and a double by Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) put runners at second and third with one out.  Following a walk to Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) that loaded the bases, Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) drew the third walk of the inning to drive home Shaw and increase the Bulldog lead to 5-0. 

The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning, and all of the damage was done with two outs in the inning.  Conway singled and stole second.  Shaw walked, and Conway advanced to third base on a wild pitch.  Pflug followed with a 2-run double down the left field line to give Concordia a 7-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. 

Ave Maria scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but Concordia secured the 7-3 victory.  Concordia totaled eight hits compared to seven for the Gyrenes.  The Bulldogs picked up the win despite four errors.  Caleb Taylor (Georgetown, Texas) had a solid outing on the mound for Concordia.  The senior allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. 

Goodrich and Pflug each had two hits to lead the way offensively for the Bulldogs in the win.  Pflug drove in four runs on the day, while Shaw scored three runs for Concordia. 

Concordia has two games scheduled on Thursday to continue play in the spring break tournament.  The Bulldogs take on Point Park University (Pa.) and Roosevelt University (Ill.). 

Yurich tosses complete game, Bulldogs pick up 5-1 win over Roosevelt University

11 MAR 2011

Concordia University 5, Roosevelt University 1 (view stats)

Concordia University used one big offensive inning and a solid pitching performance by Jacob Yurich to pick up a 5-1 win over Roosevelt University on Friday morning.  Concordia won its second straight to improve to 6-7 on the year.  Roosevelt dropped to 3-3 with the loss. 

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning.  Ernesto Irizarry delivered an RBI single to put the Lakers on top 1-0. 

The Roosevelt lead didn’t last long, as the Concordia offense came to life in the bottom of the sixth inning.  After totaling just two hits in the first five innings, Concordia plated four runs on five hits in the sixth.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) and Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) each had RBI singles, while the other two runs scored via a pair of wild pitches in the inning. 

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the eighth inning on another RBI single by Finley.  The five runs were more than enough for Yurich (Aurora, Colo.), who tossed a complete game four-hitter.  Roosevelt didn’t have a hit off Yurich in the final three innings of play.  He walked two and struck out seven on the day. 

The Concordia offense totaled nine hits in the win.  Finley was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, and Pflug was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the way for the Bulldogs.

Concordia will conclude their spring trip with another game against Roosevelt University on Saturday morning.     

Bulldogs win third straight, 7-1 over Roosevelt University

12 MAR 2011

Concordia University 7, Roosevelt University 1 (view stats)

Concordia picked up its third straight win on Saturday with a 7-1 victory over Roosevelt University.  The Bulldogs went 3-1 during their stay in Florida and are now 7-7 overall on the year. 

For the second straight day, Concordia got a solid starting pitching effort against Roosevelt.  Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) worked eight strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.  Roosevelt’s only run of the game came in the first inning, when Tony Valdes delivered an RBI single for the Lakers. 

Following the first inning, Stirtz allowed just five hits in his other seven innings of work.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) pitched the final inning for Concordia and struck out two. 

Much like Friday’s game against Roosevelt, the Bulldog offense used one big inning to take control of the game.  Concordia totaled three hits but was unable to score in the first four innings.  The Bulldogs finally broke through in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs on five hits and two costly Roosevelt errors. 

Following a pair of singles and an error which loaded the bases, T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) delivered the big blow of the inning with a bases clearing double.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) added an RBI single, and Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added a sacrifice fly in the inning for the Bulldogs.  Concordia added a single run in the ninth inning on Pflug’s second RBI single of the day. 

Concordia totaled 12 hits in the contest.  Conway was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI’s.  Pflug was also 4-for-5 with two driven in and a run scored. 

Nick Szynal took the loss for Roosevelt.  He allowed six runs (three earned) on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six innings of work. 

Concordia will travel to Nebraska Wesleyan for a single game against the Prairie Wolves on March 16.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Lincoln.     

Bulldogs use big eighth inning to pull away for 14-9 win over Nebraska Wesleyan

16 MAR 2011

Concordia University 14, Nebraska Wesleyan 9 (view stats)

Concordia University picked up its fourth straight baseball win on Wednesday with a 14-9 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan.  Concordia improved to 8-7 with the win, while Nebraska Wesleyan dropped to 2-5.   

Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  Concordia tied the game in the third inning.  With two outs in the inning, Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) walked and stole second base.  T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) followed with an RBI single to knot the score at 1-1.  The Bulldogs took advantage of a Wesleyan error to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. 

The lead was short lived, however, as Nebraska Wesleyan scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to reclaim a 3-2 lead. 

In the top of the fifth, Concordia scored a pair of runs on three hits.  Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) stole home, and Goodrich scored on an RBI single by Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.).  The Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead on the single by Flores.   

A big bottom of the fifth inning put Wesleyan back in front.  The Prairie Wolves scored four runs on three hits and one Concordia error to take a 7-4 lead heading into the sixth inning. 

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the sixth on an RBI single by Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.).  Wesleyan quickly responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. 

Concordia took control of the game with a huge eighth inning.  The Bulldogs scored seven runs on just five hits and two Wesleyan errors to grab a 12-8 lead.  Goodrich had the big hit in the inning with a 2-run triple.  Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.), Conway and Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) also drove in runs for the Bulldogs in the eighth. 

Nebraska Wesleyan cut the lead to three (12-9) with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Concordia responded with two more runs in the top of the ninth.  Flores delivered a key 2-run single for the final score of 14-9. 

Both teams finished with 15 hits in the contest.  Goodrich, Conway and Flores did most of the damage at the top of the order for Concordia.  The trio combined to go 8-for-16 with seven runs scored and seven RBI’s in the Bulldog win.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) picked up the win on the mound in relief for the Bulldogs.  A total of five Concordia pitchers saw action in the game. 

Concordia travels to Peru State College on March 19.     

Bulldogs drop two at Peru State

19 MAR 2011

Peru State College 1, Concordia University 0 (view stats)

Peru State College 6, Concordia University 5 (view stats)

Peru State College picked up a pair of baseball wins over Concordia University on Saturday afternoon.  Scores were 1-0 and 6-5.  The Bulldogs dropped to 8-9 with the losses. 

Game one remained scoreless until the sixth inning.  Andre Kinder led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a passed ball.  A ground out by Patrick Knabe advanced Kinder to third with one out.  With two outs in the inning, J.L. Thomason delivered an RBI single to put Peru State on top 1-0.  Concordia was unable to rally in the seventh, and Peru State held on for the victory. 

Peru finished with six hits in the game compared to five for Concordia.  Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) finished with two hits for the Bulldogs.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) suffered the loss on the mound.  He allowed just the one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jon Sanley picked up the win on the mound for Peru State.  Sanley allowed four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts for the Bobcats. 

In game two, Peru State took an early lead but had to rally late for the win.  The Bobcats took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.  Gustavo Arcia led off the inning with a solo homer.  Kinder had an RBI groundout, and Knabe added an RBI single in the Bobcat third. 

Concordia rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth.  Flores led off the inning with a double, and a Peru State error placed runners at first and third with nobody out.  A bunt by Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored Flores.  Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) added a 2-run double later in the inning for the Bulldogs. 

The Bulldogs took a 5-3 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.  Matlock reached via error and scored on an RBI triple by Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.).  Bedwell scored later in the inning on another Peru State error. 

The host Bobcats rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Peru State had just one hit in the inning but took advantage of three walks and a hit batter.  All the damage was all done with two outs in the inning.  A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases with two outs.  Jonathan Castillo followed with a bases clearing triple to give Peru State a 6-5 lead.  Concordia went down in order in the top of the seventh, and Peru State held on for the win. 

Concordia had just five hits in the game.  Bedwell and Ivanoff had two hits apiece.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound, allowing six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. 

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday.  Concordia and Peru State will again do battle, this time in Seward.  The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 at Plum Creek Park.   

Bulldogs suffer 5-2 and 10-3 losses at York College

22 MAR 2011

York College 5, Concordia University 2 (view stats)

York College 10, Concordia University 3 (view stats)

York College picked up two baseball wins over Concordia on Tuesday in York.  Scores were 5-2 and 10-3.  Concordia dropped to 9-12 on the year.  

York totaled just five hits in game one.  However, the Panthers took advantage of four Concordia errors to pull away for the win.  The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Pat Burford. 

Concordia tied the game in the second.  With two outs in the inning, Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) homered for the Bulldogs.  York reclaimed the lead with a single run in the third.  Kris Little doubled and later scored on a Bulldog error. 

The Bulldogs again tied the game in the top of the fourth.  Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and then stole third.  Flores scored on an RBI double by Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.).  The Panthers again had an answer with a run in the bottom of the fourth.  Bret t Nathan reached on an error to lead off the inning, and another error on the throw allowed him to move to second.  Following a sacrifice bunt, Gene Felise drove Nathan in with a sacrifice fly to give York a 3-2 lead. 

The Panthers tacked on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.  York scored another unearned run to take a 4-2 lead, and Nick Nguyen added an RBI single in the inning for the Panthers.  Concordia was unable to rally late, and York secured the 5-2 win. 

Zac Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.), Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) and Bedwell all had two hits to lead the way offensively for the Bulldogs in game one.  Eric Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.) suffered the loss on the mound after allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in five innings of work. 

York used a huge first inning to take advantage of game two.  Concordia took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first.  Goodrich doubled to lead off the game and following a sacrifice bunt by T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.), Goodrich scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.).  The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Panthers sent 12 to the plate and scored six runs on five hits in the bottom of the first.

The host Panthers added three more runs in the third to grab a 9-1 lead.  Concordia plated a pair of runs in the fifth.  With two outs, Goodrich tripled.  Conway and Pflug followed with back-to-back RBI doubles for the Bulldogs.  Concordia threatened to score more but left the bases loaded.  The Panthers scored another run in the sixth for the 10-3 final. 

York totaled 12 hits in the game compared to seven for Concordia.  Goodrich was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Bulldogs.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) took the loss after allowing six runs on four hits with two walks in just 0.1 of an inning. 

Concordia hosts Dordt College on March 25.     

Goodrich picks up GPAC Player of the Week honor

30 MAR 2011

Concordia junior outfielder Zak Goodrich is this week’s GPAC Hauff Mid-America Sports Baseball Player-of-the-Week. 

Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) was 6-of-7 at the plate last week for a .857 average.  He had two doubles and a triple and finished the week with a 1.429 slugging percentage. 

So far this season, Zak leads the Bulldog offense in batting average (.407), runs scored (19), hits (33), doubles (10), triples (6), slugging percentage (.679), on-base percentage (.461) and stolen bases (12).  He has started all 21 games for the Bulldogs in center field.   

Concordia is 9-12 on the season.  The Bulldogs host Dordt College on Wednesday and Midland University on Saturday at Plum Creek Park.   

Concordia sweeps past Dordt College to open GPAC play

30 MAR 2011

Concordia University 6, Dordt College 2 (view stats)

Concordia University 4, Dordt College 1 (view stats)

The Concordia University baseball team opened up conference play with two wins over Dordt College on Wednesday afternoon in Seward.  Scores of the games were 6-2 and 4-1.  The Bulldogs got tremendous outings from pitchers Steven Ivanoff and Jacob Yurich on the day.  With the wins, Concordia improved to 11-12 overall and 2-0 in the conference.  Dordt fell to 1-11 overall and 0-2 in GPAC play. 

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead in game one.  Concordia scored four runs in the bottom of the first.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) singled to lead off the inning.  Following a stolen base by Goodrich, T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) reached on a fielder’s choice that advanced Goodrich to third.  A bunt single by Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) put the Bulldogs on top 1-0.  Following a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) which advanced runners to second and third, Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) drove in Conway with a sacrifice fly.  Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) followed with an RBI double to plate Flores, and Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) knocked in Matlock with an RBI single to give Concordia a 4-0 advantage. 

In the second, Concordia scored again to take a 5-0 lead.  Goodrich and Conway singled with one out in the inning.  Both runners advanced on a stolen base, and Goodrich scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Pflug.  The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fifth inning.  A Dordt College wild pitch put Concordia up by the score of 6-0 after five innings. 

The visiting Defenders scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning.  Following a hit batter and a Bulldog error, Phillip Sears drove in two with a triple for the final score of 6-2. 

Concordia totaled eight hits in the game compared to just four for Dordt College.  Goodrich and Matlock each had two hits for the Bulldogs offensively.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) picked up his first win of the year on the mound.  The junior worked all seven innings and allowed the two runs on four hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts. 

Despite managing only two hits in the second game, Concordia still found a way to pick up the 4-1 victory. 

Dordt took an early lead in the second.  An RBI groundout put the Defenders on top 1-0.  The Bulldogs quickly responded with a single run in the bottom of the second.  Concordia loaded the bases with just one out in the inning.  A wild pitch allowed Pflug to score Concordia’s first run of the game. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth.  Concordia took advantage of some Dordt miscues to plate three runs and take control of the game.  Conway was hit by a pitch with one out in the inning.  A Dordt College error placed runners at the corners.  Pflug was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Finley followed with an RBI groundout to score Conway.  Matlock followed with an RBI single to score Flores.  With two outs in the inning, Matlock got in a rundown between first and second.  Matlock was eventually tagged out on the play, but Pflug scored before Matlock was retired. 

Dordt College went quickly and quietly in the seventh, and Concordia secured the sweep with the 4-1 win. 

Finley and Matlock had the only hits for the Bulldogs in game two.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) picked up the win on the mound to improve to 3-2 on the year.  The senior went the distance and allowed just the one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

Concordia continues GPAC play on Saturday with home games against Midland University.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Plum Creek Park.    

High powered offense lifts Midland University to sweep of Concordia

2 APR 2011

Midland University 10, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Midland University 11, Concordia University 1 (5) (view stats)

Midland University erupted for 21 runs and 25 hits in a GPAC baseball sweep over Concordia University on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Warriors picked up 10-1 and 11-1 victories over the Bulldogs to improve to 11-12 overall and 3-0 in conference play.  Concordia dropped to 11-14 overall and 2-2 in conference games. 

Midland jumped all over Bulldog starting pitcher Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) in the opening game of the day.  The Warriors scored four runs in the top of the first inning to grab the early advantage.  Vinnie Orsi delivered a 3-run homer in the inning for the Warriors. 

The Warriors added two more runs in the third and fourth innings and added single runs in the fifth and seventh.  Concordia’s lone run of the game came on an RBI single by Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) in the fourth inning. 

Alex Johnson picked up the win on the mound for Midland in game one.  He allowed the one run on six hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.  Orsi drove in three with a homer, and Derek Kampschneider homered and drove in two for the Warriors in game one. 

Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had two hits for Concordia.  Stirtz dropped to 1-2 after allowing eight runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work. 

Game two was more of the same, as Midland jumped out to a big lead early in the contest.  Midland did all of its damage in the first three innings and cruised to the 11-1 win in five innings.  The Warriors scored two runs on one hit and four walks in the top of the first inning to knock Bulldog starter Caleb Taylor (Georgetown, Texas) out of the game. 

Midland plated four more runs in the second.  Lucas McCain led off the inning with a solo homer.  DJ Johnson drove in two with a double, and Alex Johnson knocked in another run with a double in the Warrior second inning.  The Warriors put the game out of reach with five runs in the third.  Kampschneider delivered the big blow with a grand slam in the inning.

Concordia scored its lone run in the fourth.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Finley.  Concordia managed just three hits in game two.   

Matt Trejo picked up the win on the mound for the visiting Warriors.  He allowed the one run and three hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  Kampschneider and DJ Johnson combined to drive in seven of Midland’s 11 runs in the game.

Concordia travels to Mount Marty College on Sunday.    

Bulldogs swept at Mount Marty

3 APR 2011

Mount Marty College 14, Concordia University 4 (6) (view stats)

Mount Marty College 8, Concordia University 7 (view stats)

Mount Marty College swept Concordia in GPAC baseball on Sunday in Yankton.  Scores were 14-4 (six innings) and 8-7.  The Bulldogs dropped to 11-16 overall and 2-4 in conference play with the losses. 

The host Lancers scored in five of the six innings in their game one victory.  Mount Marty totaled 16 hits in the contest.  A total of six different players totaled multiple hits in the game for the Lancers.  Jason Schmidt was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.  Mathias Godsil was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while Jason Livermont, Logan Kortan and Justin Kemp all drove in two runs for the Lancers.  Nick Huston picked up the win on the mound for Mount Marty in game one.  He allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. 

Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) and Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) each had a hit and a run driven in for Concordia in the loss.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) also had hits and each scored a run for the Bulldogs.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) took the loss on the mound.  He allowed eight runs on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. 

In game two, Concordia grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first.  Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) connected on a 3-run homer for the Bulldogs in the inning.  Mount Marty responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.  Jared Miller had an RBI double, and Allen Hemeyer added an RBI single for the Lancers. 

Mount Marty grabbed a 5-3 lead with three runs in the second.  Jason Livermont drove in two with a single, and Jason Schmidt followed with an RBI single in the Lancer second inning.  Mount Marty added a single run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Logan Kortan to take a 6-3 lead.

The Bulldogs rallied with four runs in the fifth.  With two outs in the inning, Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.) reached on an error.  Conway pinch ran for Nathan and scored on an RBI double by Finley.  Following a single by Pflug, Flores delivered his second 3-run blast of the game to give Concordia a 7-6 lead. 

The Concordia lead didn’t last long, however, as Mount Marty scored twice in the bottom of the fifth.  Allen Hemeyer singled to lead off the inning.  Following a sacrifice which moved Hemeyer to second, Ross Heine delivered an RBI single to tie the game at 7-7.  Following a groundout that moved Heine to second, Justin Kemp put the Lancers on top with an RBI single.  Concordia was unable to rally in the final two innings, and Mount Marty held on for the 8-7 victory. 

Concordia totaled seven hits in game two.  Finley and Flores each had two hits, while Flores drove in six with his two homers in the contest.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs.  He allowed two runs in two innings of relief.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) started the game for the Bulldogs and allowed six runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. 

Concordia steps out of conference play to host York College on April 5.  First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Plum Creek Park. 

Concordia and York College split games in Seward

5 APR 2011

Concordia University 15, York College 1 (5) (view stats)

York College 15, Concordia University 4 (6) (view stats)

Concordia University and York College split a pair of baseball games on Tuesday evening in Seward.  The Bulldogs moved to 12-17 on the year, while the Panthers moved to 23-9.     

In game one, Concordia scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-1 win in five innings.  The Bulldogs pounded 16 hits and got solid pitching from senior Eric Gramenz in the victory. 

Concordia totaled nine hits and took advantage of four York College errors in the bottom of the first inning.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and Nolan Schaefer (Lincoln, Neb.) each delivered 2-run singles.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) had two RBI singles in the inning.  Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) added an RBI double, and Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) had an RBI triple in the huge Bulldog first inning. 

The Bulldogs tacked on five more runs in the fourth inning.  Flores drove in three with a double.  Schaefer had an RBI double, and Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) added an RBI single in the inning. 

The run support was more than enough for Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.), who allowed just one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  The Panthers scored their only run of the game in the top of the first inning on a solo homer by Kris Little.  Gramenz allowed just one hit the rest of the game to improve to 2-1 on the year. 

Flores had three hits and four driven in, while Schaefer added two hits and three RBI’s to lead a balanced Concordia offensive attack.  Pflug and Goodrich drove in two runs apiece for the Bulldogs in the win. 

Game two remained close early, but York College used a big third inning to pull away for the win.  The Panthers led 3-0 early, but Concordia tied the game in the bottom of the second.  Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) delivered the big blow in the inning with a 2-run single. 

The visiting Panthers scored nine runs in the top of the third to take complete control of the game.  Jeff Bernacil drove in two with a single.  Sam Feiner drove in two with a double, and Brett Nathan crushed a 2-run homer to highlight the York College third inning. 

Concordia scored its final run of the game in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Pflug.  However, York tacked on three more runs in the sixth for the final score of 15-4. 

The Panthers finished with 16 hits in game two.  Bernacil was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI’s to lead the way. 

Concordia had just three hits in the loss.  Heath Benker (Florence, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs.  Benker (0-1) allowed seven runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

Concordia travels to Morningside College on April 9 for a GPAC doubleheader beginning at 1:30 pm.  The Bulldogs return home to host Briar Cliff University on April 10.  First pitch against the Chargers is scheduled for 1 pm at Plum Creek Park.    

Bulldogs drop to 2-6 in GPAC play with losses at Morningside College

10 APR 2011

Morningside College 4, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Morningside College 8, Concordia University 7 (view stats)

Concordia University dropped to 12-19 overall and 2-6 in GPAC play with a pair of baseball losses at Morningside College on Saturday.  Scores of the games were 4-1 and 8-7.  The Mustangs improved to 20-13 overall and 6-2 in conference play with the wins. 

Steven Aschinger picked up the win on the mound for Morningside in game one.  He allowed just one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts to move to 5-2 on the year.  Morningside scored one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.  Travis Hanson and Bill Meacham each drove in two runs for the Mustangs in the victory.

Concordia’s lone run came on a pinch hit solo homer by Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) in the top of the seventh inning.  Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) and Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) had the only other hits on the day for Concordia.  Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) suffered the loss on the mound.  He allowed the four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work. 

Game two went down to the wire, as Morningside scored in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win. 

The Mustangs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  A fielder’s choice RBI groundout by Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) got Concordia on the board in the second, but Morningside took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alex Smith. 

Concordia scored a pair of run in the third and fourth innings to grab a 5-4 lead.  T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) scored on a wild pitch, and Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added an RBI single for the Bulldogs in the third.  Conway had an RBI single, and Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth. 

The Bulldogs took advantage of a Morningside error and a sacrifice fly by Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to take a 6-4 lead in the fifth.  Morningside used one hit and two Concordia errors to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth. 

The teams again traded runs in the sixth.  An RBI single by Rodriguez put Concordia back on top, but an RBI double by Travis Hanson again pulled the Mustangs even. 

Concordia was unable to score in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the inning, Morningside opened the inning with two singles that put runners at first and third.  Concordia recorded two outs and decided to intentionally walk Hanson to load the bases.  AJ Staiert earned a walk to send in the winning run. 

Flores was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.), Conway and Matlock all had two hits for the Bulldogs offensively in game two.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound in relief. 

Concordia hosts Briar Cliff University on Sunday at Plum Creek Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm at Memorial Field.   

Concordia gets back on track in GPAC play with sweep of Briar Cliff

10 APR 2011

Concordia University 5, Briar Cliff University 3 (view stats)

Concordia University 11, Briar Cliff University 1 (5) (view stats)

Concordia University got back on track with a GPAC baseball sweep of Briar Cliff University on Sunday afternoon in Seward.  The Bulldogs snapped a 3-game losing skid and improved to 14-19 overall and 4-6 in conference play.  Briar Cliff dropped to 10-25 overall and 4-8 in conference play. 

Concordia used one big offensive inning and a strong pitching performance by Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) to pick up the win in game one.  The Bulldogs grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) tripled to lead off the inning, and Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) drove him in with a sacrifice fly. 

Briar Cliff responded with single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead.  Gary Davis had an RBI triple in the second, and John Elliot homered in the third for the Chargers. 

In the bottom of the third, Concordia scored four runs on four hits to take a 5-2 lead.  Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had the big hit in the inning with a 2-run triple.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) added an RBI double, and Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had an RBI single in the Bulldog third inning. 

The Chargers pulled within two in the fourth inning with a solo homer by David Kowal.  However, Ivanoff shut the door over the last three innings to pick up his second win of the season.  The senior allowed the three runs on just four hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. 

Game two remained scoreless through the first two innings, but the Bulldogs broke through with four runs in the bottom of the third.  Concordia had just one hit in the inning, but BCU committed two costly errors and had problems with multiple Concordia bunts in the inning.  T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) and Matlock each drove in runs in the inning for the Bulldogs. 

Concordia plated five more runs in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.  Goodrich had an RBI triple in the inning.  Finley knocked in Goodrich with an RBI double.  Pflug followed with a 2-run single, and Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) drew a bases loaded walk for the final run of the inning for Concordia. 

Briar Cliff finally scored in the top of the fifth on a solo homer by Zach Watts.  The Bulldogs ended the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.  Pflug had an RBI single, and Matlock ended the game with an RBI single down the left field line. 

Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) worked all five innings for the Bulldogs to improve to 4-2 on the year.  He allowed the one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  Concordia totaled 10 hits in the game.  Pflug and Matlock had three hits apiece, and the duo combined to drive in five runs in the game. 

Gary Davis suffered the loss in game two for BCU.  He allowed eight runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. 

Concordia hosts Northwestern College on April 12.  First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm at Plum Creek Park. 

Bulldogs split two games with Northwestern College

12 APR 2011

Northwestern College 8, Concordia University 5 (view stats)

Concordia University 6, Northwestern College 3 (view stats)

Concordia University and Northwestern College split a pair of GPAC baseball games in Seward on Tuesday evening.  The Red Raiders took game one by the score of 8-5, and the Bulldogs secured a 6-3 win in game two.  Northwestern is now 17-14 overall and 8-4 in GPAC play.  Concordia is now 15-20 overall and 5-7 in GPAC play. 

Concordia grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one.  Northwestern responded, however, with one run in the second and two more runs in the third.  Mike Zoellner homered in the second, and Clint Gingerich delivered a 2-run bomb in the third for the Red Raiders. 

Northwestern added four more runs in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead.  Matt Negaard had a 2-run single, and the Raiders scored two unearned runs following a costly Bulldog throwing error.  Davis Bloemendaal added an RBI single in the inning. 

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Ray Finley (Tuscon, Ariz.).  Northwestern answered with a single run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Morris. 

Concordia made things interesting with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.  Kyle Ivanoff (Tuscon, Ariz.) delivered an RBI single, while both Finley and Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) added sacrifice flies in the inning.  However, the rally wasn’t enough, as the Raiders secured the 8-5 win. 

Taylor Morris earned the win on the mound for Northwestern.  He allowed just two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.  Eric Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.) suffered the loss for Concordia to drop to 2-2.  Gramenz allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) had two hits and a run scored for the Bulldogs offensively in the loss. 

In game two, Concordia used a big fourth inning and a solid start by Nick Thill to pick up the 6-3 win.  Thill (Littleton, Colo.) allowed just two runs (none earned) on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.  Northwestern scored their two runs off of Thill following a pair of Concordia errors in the fifth inning.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) and Paul Rowlett (Lodgepole, Neb.) worked the final 2.2 innings for the Bulldogs in relief. 

Concordia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Goodrich led off with a single and quickly stole second base.  Following a sacrifice bunt by T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.), Goodrich scored on an RBI groundout by Finley. 

The Bulldogs plated four more runs on just two hits in the fourth inning to grab a 5-0 lead.  Concordia did all of its damage with two outs in the inning.  Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) singled.  Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) walked, and Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Ivanoff followed with a walk to score Matlock, and Goodrich was hit by a pitch to score Comes.  Conway delivered the big blow in the inning with a 2-run single to plate both Ivanoff and Bedwell. 

Northwestern scored the two unearned runs in the fifth to pull within three at 5-2, but Concordia answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth.  With two outs in the inning, Matlock walked and scored on an RBI double by Comes. 

Morris had an RBI single for Northwestern in the seventh, but Concordia held on for the 6-3 win. 

Concordia finished with six hits in the contest and won despite three costly errors.  Conway drove in two, while Goodrich, Finley, Comes and Ivanoff all drove in single runs for the Bulldogs in the victory. 

Morris had two hits and two RBI’s for Northwestern in the loss.  Ryan Brasser took the loss and allowed five runs on five hits in four innings of work. 

Concordia travels to Sioux Falls and Dakota Wesleyan this weekend. 

Saturday baseball games moved to Monday at Sioux Falls

15 APR 2011

Due to the weather, the Concordia University vs. Sioux Falls GPAC baseball games scheduled for Saturday in Seward have been called off.  The teams will now meet in Sioux Falls on Monday (April 18) in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Concordia is still scheduled to travel to Dakota Wesleyan University on Sunday. 

Baseball schedule changes announced

16 APR 2011

The Concordia University baseball games scheduled for Sunday at Dakota Wesleyan have been pushed back to Tuesday.  The games will begin at 2 p.m. in Mitchell. 

Baseball at Sioux Falls postponed until April 25

18 APR 2011

The Concordia University at Sioux Falls baseball games have been postponed until April 25 at 2 p.m. in Sioux Falls. 

Date and location change announced for Concordia baseball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

18 APR 2011

Tuesday’s scheduled baseball games at Dakota Wesleyan have been postponed until Wednesday, and the games will now be played in Seward.  First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Plum Creek Park. 

Concordia picks up split with Dakota Wesleyan

20 APR 2011

Dakota Wesleyan University 3, Concordia University 0

Concordia University 6, Dakota Wesleyan University 0

Concordia University and Dakota Wesleyan University split a pair of GPAC baseball games on Wednesday in Seward.  Dakota Wesleyan took game one by the score of 3-0, and Concordia responded with a 6-0 win in game two.  With the split, Concordia sits at 16-21 overall and 6-8 in conference play.  Dakota Wesleyan moved to 8-31 overall and 2-11 in conference play. 

Dakota Wesleyan starter Ethan Opsahl was in total control in game one.  He worked all seven innings for the Tigers and allowed just three hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts.  DWU did all of its offensive damage in the first inning with a 3-run homer by Nick Tadlock. 

Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.), Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) and Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) had the only hits of the game for Concordia.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) suffered the loss and dropped to 2-5 on the year.  He allowed the three runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six innings of work. 

In game two, Concordia’s Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) picked up the shutout win on the mound for the Bulldogs.  Yurich improved to 5-2 on the year with the win.  His five wins lead the team.  It was the fourth complete game and first shutout for Yurich this year.  He allowed just three hits with six walks and six strikeouts. 

Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the way offensively, while Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added two hits with a run scored and two batted in for the Bulldogs in the win.   

Concordia travels to Doane College on April 22. 

Date and location change announced for Bulldog baseball vs. Sioux Falls

22 APR 2011

Concordia University will now host the University of Sioux Falls in a pair of baseball games on Saturday in Seward.  The games were scheduled to be played in Sioux Falls on Monday.  However, due to field conditions, the games were moved to Seward.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Plum Creek Park.

Bulldogs fall to 6-10 in conference play with losses at Doane

22 APR 2011

Doane College 8, Concordia University 2 (view stats)

Doane College 6, Concordia University 4 (view stats)

Doane College picked up a GPAC baseball sweep over Concordia on Friday afternoon in Crete.  Scores were 8-2 and 6-4.  The wins improved Doane to 30-11 overall and 15-3 in conference play.  Concordia dropped to 16-23 overall and 6-10 in GPAC play with the losses. 

Chance Brull improved to 7-0 with the win on the mound for Doane in game one.  Brull allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in the complete game win. 

The Tigers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Anthony Hincy walked and stole second.  AJ Spanel delivered an RBI groundout later in the inning to put Doane on top. 

Concordia tied the game in the third.  Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) singled to lead off the inning.  Following a sacrifice bunt by Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) and a walk to T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.), the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.  Another wild pitch by Brull plated Ivanoff and tied the score at 1-1. 

In the bottom of the third, Doane scored two runs on two hits to grab a 3-1 lead.  A hit batter, walk and a single quickly loaded the bases for the Tigers with nobody out.  Spanel delivered his second RBI groundout of the game, and Mike Albert added an RBI single in the Doane third inning. 

Doane plated three more runs in the fourth to take control of the game.  Thom Albert started the scoring with an RBI single.  The second run came via a Concordia throwing error, and an RBI groundout by Hincy put Doane on top by the score of 6-1. 

Concordia scored an unearned run in the fifth inning.  Ivanoff reached on an error to lead off the inning.  Ty Shaw (Montrose, Colo.) came through with a pinch hit RBI single to plate Ivanoff later in the inning.  Thom Albert connected on a 2-run single for Doane in the bottom of the fifth for the final score of 8-2. 

Caleb Taylor (Georgetown, Texas) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs and is now 2-4 on the year.  He allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits with three walks and one strikeout in three innings of work. 

A late rally by Concordia fell short in game two.  Doane took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Concordia took the lead with two runs in the fourth.  With two outs in the inning, Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) walked, and a Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.) single put runners at first and second.  Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) followed with a 2-run double to give the Bulldogs the advantage. 

Doane quickly reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Mike Albert led off the inning with a homer.  Following back-to-back singles, Austin Tharp put the Tigers on top with an RBI bunt single. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Doane scored three runs to take a 6-2 lead.  With two outs in the inning, Hincy connected on a 3-run blast to left center.  Hincy’s homer proved to be the game-winning hit, as Concordia made things interesting in the seventh.  Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) and Shaw walked to lead off the inning.  A fly out by Goodrich advanced Brandenburg to third, and a walk to Conway loaded the bases with one out.  Finley struck out, but Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) came through with a 2-run single to pull the Bulldogs within two.  However, a groundout by Matlock secured the 6-4 win for Doane. 

Tim Carlson (3-1) allowed just two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work for the Tigers.  Mitch VandenBerge picked up his seventh save of the season for Doane. 

Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) dropped to 1-4 on the year with the loss for the Bulldogs.  He allowed the six runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.  Goodrich and Rodriguez each had two hits to lead the way for Concordia offensively. 

The Bulldogs host Sioux Falls on Saturday.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Plum Creek Park. 

Bulldogs drop first, win second vs. Sioux Falls

23 APR 2011

University of Sioux Falls 4, Concordia University 3 (8) (view stats)

Concordia University 4, University of Sioux Falls 1 (view stats)

Concordia University and the University of Sioux Falls split a pair of GPAC baseball games on Saturday in Seward.  Sioux Falls scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to win game one by the score of 4-3.  Concordia took game two by the score of 4-1.  The win in game two snapped Concordia’s 3-game losing streak and moved the Bulldogs to 17-24 overall and 7-11 in conference play.  Sioux Falls is now 18-14 overall and 9-7 in conference play. 

Concordia had a great opportunity to win game one, but the Cougars rallied late for the win.  The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.  Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) singled to lead off the inning, and a Sioux Falls error advanced him to second.  Following a sacrifice bunt by Tate Bedwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) delivered an RBI groundout to put the Bulldogs on top. 

Sioux Falls tied the game in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Cody Burgener.  Concordia answered quickly, however, and scored two runs on three hits in the top of the fourth.  T.J. Conway (Crete, Neb.) led off the inning with a single, and a double by Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) put runners at second and third with nobody out.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) followed with an RBI single and an RBI groundout by Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage. 

The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.  Corey Vasquez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Jimmy Maxwell followed with an RBI single.  Ryan Fobes pinch ran for Maxwell and promptly stole second and third.  Cody Minich then delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Fobes and tie the game at 3-3. 

Concordia couldn’t get anything going in the seventh or eighth innings.  Sioux Falls scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.  Burgener singled and stole second base.  Maxwell was intentionally walked, and Minich followed with a game-winning RBI single. 

USF totaled eight hits in game one compared to just four for Concordia.  Brady Nolz (5-1) picked up the win on the mound.  Nolz went the distance, allowing the three runs (two earned) on four hits with six strikeouts.  Burgener had three hits for USF offensively. 

Eric Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.) took the loss on the mound and dropped to 2-3 on the year.  Gramenz also went the distance and allowed the four runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  Pflug had a hit and a run batted in for the Bulldogs. 

In game two, Concordia took advantage of early USF errors to jump out to a lead.  The Bulldogs scored three runs on two hits and three Cougar errors in the top of the first inning.  All three runs were unearned.  Pflug started the scoring with an RBI single, and Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.) drove in two with a single for the 3-0 Concordia lead. 

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the fifth.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) connected on a solo homer to right field to lead off the inning.  USF made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh.  The Cougars scored a run on an RBI single by Dylan Dwyer.  USF managed to load the bases, but Bulldog reliever Paul Rowlett (Lodgepole, Neb.) got Minich to ground out to end the game. 

Nick Thill (Littleton, Colo.) picked up the win on the mound for Concordia and improved to 2-1 on the year.  Thill allowed just two hits and no runs in four innings of work.  Rowlett picked up his first save of the season.  Goodrich had two hits with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the way for Concordia offensively in the win. 

Noah Coleman dropped to 4-5 with the loss on the mound for USF.  Coleman allowed four runs (just one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts in five innings of work.  Kevin Santos had two hits for the USF offense. 

Concordia travels to Hastings College on April 28.     

Bulldogs split with Hastings College

28 APR 2011

Hastings College 10, Concordia University 5 (view stats)

Concordia University 9, Hastings College 4 (view stats)

Concordia University and Hastings College battled in a GPAC baseball doubleheader on Thursday in Hastings.  Concordia lost game one by the score of 10-5 but picked up a 9-4 win in game two.  With the split, Concordia is now 18-25 overall and 8-12 in conference play.  Concordia is still eighth in the GPAC standings.  Hastings moved to 23-18 overall and 14-6 in conference play. 

Hastings scored early and often in game one, as the Bulldog pitching staff struggled.  The Broncos scored two in the bottom of the first and four in the second.  The Broncos added two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.  Hastings got off to a hot start with six hits in the first two innings, and Bulldog starting pitcher Caleb Taylor (Georgetown, Texas) didn’t make it out of the first inning.  Taylor didn’t record an out and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.  Eric Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.) relieved Taylor and allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.  Robbie Jeppesen also saw action on the mound for the Bulldogs in game one. 

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.).  The Bulldogs added four runs on six hits and a Hastings College error in the sixth inning.  Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.), Matlock, and Kyle Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) all had RBI singles in the Concordia sixth inning.  The Bulldogs totaled 10 hits in the game.  Brandon Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) and Ivanoff had two hits apiece. 

In game two, Concordia pulled away in the final two innings for the 9-4 win.  The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, using three hits and a Hastings College error to take the early advantage.  Hastings also scored a pair of runs in the first, however, and the game was quickly tied at 2-2.

The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead with two runs in the third.  Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.) had the big hit in the inning with a 2-run single.  The Broncos again had an answer with two runs in the fourth.  Zach Nelson knocked in both runs with a single. 

Concordia took control of game two with four runs in the sixth.  The Bulldogs totaled seven hits in the inning, and all of the runs were scored with two outs.  Joe Brandenburg (Waconia, Minn.) delivered a pinch hit 3-run homer to start the scoring, and an RBI single by Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) put Concordia on top by the score of 8-4.  The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the seventh following two Hastings College errors.  The Broncos had five errors in the game. 

Offensively, Concordia pounded 12 hits in game two.  Finley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Bulldog offense.  Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.) worked the first five innings on the mound for Concordia, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  Josh Anderson (Westminster, Colo.) and Nick Thill (Littleton, Colo.) each worked scoreless innings for the Bulldogs in relief. 

John Rivera and Zach Nelson each drove in two runs for the Broncos in the loss.  AJ Clark suffered the loss on the mound after allowing eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. 

Concordia hosts Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Senior Night at Plum Creek Park.   

Concordia splits with Nebraska Wesleyan, clinches spot in GPAC Tourney

1 MAY 2011

Concordia University 9, Nebraska Wesleyan University 0 (view stats)

Nebraska Wesleyan University 7, Concordia University 2 (view stats)

Concordia University and Nebraska Wesleyan University split two GPAC baseball games on Saturday evening in Seward.  Concordia won game one by the score of 9-0, and NWU responded with a 7-2 win in game two.  With the game one win, however, Concordia locked up the No. 8 seed in the upcoming GPAC Tournament.  Concordia finished the regular season with a 19-26 overall record and a 9-13 GPAC record.  Nebraska Wesleyan ended the year 12-24 overall and 8-14 in conference play. 

Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) improved to 3-5 on the year with the win in game one.  The junior allowed just three hits with five walks and five strikeouts on the night.  Six different players had multiple hits for the Bulldogs offensively in the win. 

Concordia took a 1-0 lead in the second.  Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) tripled and scored on an RBI single by Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.).  The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third.  The first run came via error, and Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) added an RBI single in the inning. 

The Bulldogs put the game away with three runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Finley had an RBI double, and Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) drove in two more with a double in the fifth.  Concordia used four hits and several wild pitches to score their three runs in the sixth. 

Concordia totaled 14 hits in game one.  Nate Comes (Grimes, Iowa) was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Finley was 2-for-4 with two driven in. 

In game two, Nebraska Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead in the second on a 2-run homer by Zach Munford.  The score remained the same until the fifth, when NWU tacked on five more runs to take control of the game.  Tyler Vrba delivered the big blow of the inning with a grand slam.  Concordia scored its only two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh, and the Bulldogs totaled just five hits on the night off of NWU starter Justin Van Dyke.

Martin Rodriguez (Tucson, Ariz.) was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Bulldogs in the loss.  Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) took the loss on the mound after allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits with four walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work. 

Bulldogs set to open GPAC Tournament play on Thursday

1 MAY 2011

Concordia University is the No. 8 seed in the upcoming GPAC Baseball Tournament which opens on May 5 in Sioux City, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebraska.  The Bulldogs (19-26, 9-13 GPAC) will battle top seed Hastings College (25-20, 16-6 GPAC) on Thursday morning at 9 am. 

Hastings shared the GPAC regular season championship with Doane and Northwestern but was awarded the top seed in the tournament by way of the GPAC tie-breaking procedures.  The Broncos secured one of the league’s two automatic berths into the NAIA Baseball Championships.  The GPAC Tournament Champion will receive the second automatic berth to the NAIA Championships.   

A complete schedule of the GPAC Tournament is listed below.  The tournament will be played according to the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association eight-team double-elimination bracket.

2011 GPAC Baseball Tournament Schedule
Sioux City, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska
May 5-7, 2011

Thursday, May 5 (All games 7 innings)
9am - 
Gm. 1 - Sioux City, Iowa - North High Field - #1 Hastings (25-20, 16-6) vs. #8 Concordia (19-26, 9-13)
Gm. 2 - South Sioux City, Neb. - Voss Field - #2 Doane (31-16, 16-6) vs. #7 Mount Marty (18-25, 9-13)

Noon - 
Gm. 3 -Voss Field - #3 Northwestern (26-17, 16-6) vs. #6 Sioux Falls (22-17, 13-9)
Gm. 4 -North High Field - #4 Midland (23-18, 15-6) vs. #5 Morningside (30-19, 14-8)

4pm -
Gm. 5 - Sioux City, Iowa - Lewis and Clark Park - Winner Gm. 2 vs. Winner Gm. 3
Gm. 6 - Voss Field - Winner Gm. 1 vs. Winner Gm. 4

7pm -
Gm. 7 - Lewis and Clark Park - Loser Gm 2 vs. Loser Gm. 3
Gm. 8 - Voss Field - Loser Gm. 1 vs. Loser Gm. 4

Friday, May 6 (All games 9 innings)
9am -
Gm. 9 - Lewis and Clark Park - Winner 5 vs. Winner 6

11:00am -
Gm. 10 - North High Field - Winner 7 vs. Loser 6

12:30pm -
Gm. 11 - Lewis and Clark Park - Loser 5 vs. Winner 8

4pm -
Gm. 12 - Lewis and Clark Park - Loser 9 vs. Winner 10*

7:30pm -
Gm. 13 - Lewis and Clark Park - Winner 9 vs. Winner 11*

Saturday, May 7 (All games 9 innings)
Noon -
Gm. 14 - Lewis and Clark Park - Winner 12 vs. Winner 13
(Elimination Game or Championship #1)

If Needed Game (30 Minutes after Gm. 14) -
Gm. 15 - Lewis and Clark Park
(Championship Game #1 or If needed Championship #2)

Scores and box scores available following GPAC Tournament games

4 MAY 2011

Scores and box scores from all GPAC Tournament baseball games will be posted following each game at the website below.  There will also be links on the site to listen to select games throughout the tournament.  Concordia opens tournament play on Thursday with a 9 a.m. contest against top-seeded Hastings College at the North High Field in Sioux City, Iowa. 

http://www.nwcraiders.com/gpacbaseball

Concordia falls in opening game of GPAC Baseball Tournament, 8-1

5 MAY 2011

Hastings College 8, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Top-seeded Hastings College cruised past Concordia by the score of 8-1 in the opening game of the 2011 GPAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday morning in Sioux City.  The Broncos improved to 26-20 on the year with the win.  Concordia dropped to 19-27.  The Bulldogs will face Morningside College in an elimination game on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in South Sioux City. 

Hastings College scored in four of the seven innings and totaled 10 hits in the game.  Concordia managed just four hits, and three defensive errors also proved costly for the Bulldogs in the loss. 

The Broncos scored a pair of runs in the top of the second off of Bulldog starter Nick Thill (Littleton, Colo.).  Geoff Hobbs led off the inning with a solo homer.  Following a hit batter, sacrifice bunt and a single, Sonny Hughey delivered an RBI groundout to give Hastings the 2-0 advantage. 

Hastings tacked on three more runs in the fifth to grab a 5-0 lead.  John Rivera started the scoring with an RBI single, and John LaMaster added a 2-run single later in the inning for the Broncos. 

A pair of Concordia errors allowed Hastings to increase their lead to 6-0 in the sixth.  Zach Nelson led off the inning with a single, and he advanced to second on an error.  Decker Brown then reached on a Concordia throwing error which also allowed Nelson to score from second.  In the top of the seventh, Hughey added a 2-run single to push the Bronco lead to 8-0. 

Concordia scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh.  Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) opened the inning with a solo blast.  Zak Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.), Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.), Anthony Flores (Craig, Colo.) and Matlock had the only hits in the game for the Bulldogs.  Thill (2-2) suffered the loss on the mound.  He allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.

LaMaster was a perfect 3-for-3 with two driven in for Hastings in the win.  Daniel Nealon added two hits, while Hughey drove in three runs for the Broncos.  Kirby Wells went the distance on the mound and improved to 5-3 with the win.  He allowed the one run and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.  

Bulldog season ends with 2-1 loss to Morningside College

5 MAY 2011

Morningside College 2, Concordia University 1 (8) (view stats)

The 2011 baseball season came to an end for Concordia University on Thursday evening at the GPAC Tournament.  The Bulldogs suffered a 2-1 loss to Morningside in eight innings and were eliminated from the tournament.  Concordia ends the season at 19-28.   

The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.  With two outs, Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) walked, and Mitch Nathan (Golden, Colo.) singled to put runners on first and third.  Dustin Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) followed with an RBI single to give Concordia the lead. 

The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh.  Josh Gross doubled to lead off the inning for the Mustangs.  Following a walk to Mike McBride, pinch runner Zach Lopez stole third.  A sacrifice fly scored Lopez and sent the game to extra innings tied at 1-1. 

Concordia went quickly and quietly in the top of the eighth and unfortunately for the Bulldogs, an unearned run gave Morningside the win in the bottom of the inning.  Bill Meacham singled with one out in the inning.  Jeremy Myers entered the game as a pinch runner.  Myers stole second.  He then stole third, and a Concordia error allowed Myers to score the game-winning run. 

Concordia’s Jacob Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) pitched well but didn’t get a decision.  Yurich allowed no runs and just four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.  Steven Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) worked 1.2 innings and suffered the loss in relief.  Ivanoff gave up two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  Matlock was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the way for Concordia offensively. 

Jeff Gacke picked up the win in relief for the Mustangs.  Josh Gross had a team-high two hits for Morningside. 

Goodrich and Flores highlight GPAC All-Conference Teams

11 MAY 2011

Goodrich also named to GPAC Gold Glove Team

Concordia University juniors Zak Goodrich and Anthony Flores highlight the 2011 GPAC Baseball All-Conference Team.  The conference honors were announced on Wednesday.  Goodrich was a first team All-GPAC and GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Gold Glove Team selection, while Flores was a second team All-GPAC selection.  A total of six other Bulldog players received honorable mention All-GPAC recognition.

Goodrich (Lutz, Fla.) had another impressive year for the Bulldogs in 2011.  He was one of only two Concordia players to start all 47 games.  Goodrich led the team with a .361 batting average and also had team-highs in at bats (169), runs scored (40), hits (61), triples (9), total bases (94), slugging percentage (.556), on-base percentage (.416) and stolen bases (22).  He was also tied for the team lead with 12 doubles.  He set a Concordia single season record with his nine triples, and he already has the Concordia University record for career triples.  Goodrich was also outstanding defensively and had just one error and a .992 fielding percentage this year in the outfield for the Bulldogs. 

Flores (Craig, Colo.) appeared in 36 games with 35 starts for Concordia in his junior season.  He split time between second base and designated hitter.  Flores was tied for third best on the team with a .310 batting average.  He was third on the team with 26 runs scored, and his 18 RBI’s was good for fourth on the team.  Flores finished the season with a .480 slugging percentage and also had totals of 31 hits, five doubles, three triples and two homers. 

Dustin Matlock, Brandon Pflug, Ray Finley, Steven Ivanoff, Jacob Yurich and Nick Thill all received honorable mention recognition. 

Matlock (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started all 47 games in his senior season and hit .299 with 24 runs scored, 12 doubles, a team-high four homers and 26 runs batted in.  Pflug (Ft. Morgan, Colo.) started 46 games for the Bulldogs and was second on the team with a .324 average.  Pflug had totals of 24 runs scored, 11 doubles and a team-high 28 RBI’s.  Ray Finley (Tucson, Ariz.) appeared in 40 games with 38 starts at the catcher position for the Bulldogs.  Finley hit .306 with 11 doubles and 26 runs batted in. 

Ivanoff, Yurich and Thill led the way on the mound for the Bulldogs in 2011.  Ivanoff (Tucson, Ariz.) started nine games and tossed six complete games on the season.  He finished with a 3-6 record but had an impressive 2.78 ERA.  Ivanoff finished with a team-high 50 strikeouts, and batters hit just .257 against him.  Yurich (Aurora, Colo.) was a team-best 5-3 for the Bulldogs this season.  He also started a team-high 10 games with four complete games and one shutout.  Yurich struck out 43 and allowed batters to hit just .244 against him.  Thill (Littleton, Colo.) appeared in 17 games (mostly in relief) for Concordia in 2011.  He posted a 2-2 record with a team-best 1.79 ERA.  Thill was one of two Bulldog pitchers to record a save this season. 

Concordia finished the 2011 season with a record of 19-28.  The Bulldogs were 9-13 in the GPAC and advanced to the conference tournament for the second straight year.     

Nance, Gramenz and George pick up scholar-athlete honors

14 JUN 2011

The NAIA announced the 2011 Baseball Daktronics Scholar-Athletes on Thursday.  A total of 228 athletes received the award.  A total of three Concordia University student-athletes were recognized, as Josh Nance, Eric Gramenz and Ryan George earned the honor.   

Nance (Brighton, Colo.) played in 33 games for the Bulldogs this year.  He scored 18 runs and was third on the team with seven stolen bases.  Gramenz (Steeleville, Ill.) appeared in 14 games on the mound for Concordia in 2011.  He started five games and finished with two complete games on the year.  George (Urbandale, Iowa) appeared in four games with three starts as a backup catcher in the 2011 season.  

Concordia was 19-28 overall and 9-13 in conference play during the 2011 season.