|Feb. 24||vs. Oklahoma City University||Springfield, Mo.||L 3-1|
|Feb. 24||vs. William Baptist College||Springfield, Mo.||W 10-9|
|Feb. 24||vs. Southwest Baptist||Springfield, Mo.||L 3-0|
|Feb. 25||vs. Bacone||Springfield, Mo.||
|Feb. 25||vs. Northwestern||Springfield, Mo.||W 10-0|
|March 5||Northwood University (2)||Dallas, Texas||L 5-3
W 5-2 (9)
|March 7||Concordia-Austin (2)||Austin, Texas||W 5-0
|March 8||St. Edward's University (2)||Austin, Texas||L 8-0 (5)
L 9-0 (5)
|March 10||vs. Abilene Christian||Austin, Texas||L 18-0 (5)|
|March 10||vs. Culver-Stockton||Austin, Texas||W 4-3|
|March 11||vs. St. Mary's University||Austin, Texas||L 3-1|
|March 11||vs. University of Incarnate Word||Austin, Texas||L 12-4|
|March 11||vs. University of Nebraska-Kearney||Austin, Texas||L 6-0|
|March 14||Wayne State (2)||Wayne, Neb.||Cancelled|
|March 21||York (2)||Seward, Neb.||Postponed|
|March 31||vs. Crown College||Sioux City, Iowa||Cancelled|
|March 31||vs. College of St. Mary||Sioux City, Iowa||Cancelled|
|April 1||vs. Minn. - Morris||Sioux City, Iowa||W 8-0 (5)|
|April 1||vs. York||Sioux City, Iowa||L 5-0|
|Nebraska Wesleyan (2)*||Lincoln, Neb.||W 5-4
|April 8||Sioux Falls (2)*||Sioux Falls, S.D.||W 4-3
|April 9||Dakota Wesleyan (2)*||Seward, Neb.||W 5-0
|April 11||Hastings (2)*||Seward, Neb.||W 8-2
|Morningside (2)*||Seward, Neb.||L 3-2
W 6-5 (11)
|April 18||Midland Lutheran (2)*||Seward, Neb.||W 7-6 (9)
|April 19||Dana (2)*||Blair, Neb.||L 8-0 (5)
L 8-0 (5)
|April 21||Briar Cliff (2)*||Sioux City, Iowa||W 6-5
|Dordt (2)*||Sioux Center, Iowa||W 6-2
|April 27||Doane (2)*||Seward, Neb.||W 4-3
|April 29||Northwestern (2)*||Orange City, Iowa||Cancelled|
|May 2||Mount Marty (2)*||Seward, Neb.||W 10-2 (5)
W 17-1 (5)
|May 4||vs. Dordt||Hastings, Neb.||W 5-1|
|May 4||vs. Northwestern||Hastings, Neb.||W 4-3|
|May 5||vs. Dana||Hastings, Neb.||L 6-5|
|May 5||vs. Morningside||Hastings, Neb.||L 9-7|
|NAIA Region III:|
|May 10||vs. Northwestern||Sioux City, Iowa||L 6-5 (8)|
|May 10||vs. Doane||Sioux City, Iowa||L 7-2|
*Indicates Great Plains Athletic Conference Games
All Home Games in BOLD
10 MAY 2006
The Concordia softball team made an early exit from the 2006 NAIA Region III Softball Championships, falling in extra innings in game one to Northwestern 6-5 before dropping a 7-2 decision to Doane in an elimination game.
This is the fourth consecutive season the Bulldogs have qualified for regional play. The eight-team double elimination tournament is being played at SYA Softball Complex in Sioux City, Iowa.
Concordia, the fourth seed, had defeated Northwestern just six days earlier during the opening round of the GPAC tournament, 4-3, getting a run in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
At the NAIA Region III tournament fifth seeded Northwestern used the long ball to get on the board early as two Red Raiders, Lyon and Boettcher, had solo home runs in the second inning. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Bulldogs were able to score. Freshman Rachel Mol led the inning off with a triple and then scored on Cassie Pralle groundout to cut the Northwestern lead in half. But the Red Raiders answered in the bottom of the inning, getting two runs on two hits and an error.
The Bulldogs offense came to life in the sixth, plating four runs on four hits. Jennifer Davis came around to score on a single to center by Samantha Hellbusch for the first run of the rally. Then, with bases loaded Mol ripped a double into center plating two more runs. Cassie Pralle’s single scored the final run of the innings to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 advantage.
Northwestern scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up and neither team was able to put anything on the board in the seventh. The Bulldogs had opportunities in the seventh, as they loaded the bases, before the inning ended on a double play.
In the eighth the Red Raiders held Concordia scoreless and then took advantage of two Bulldog errors to score the game winning run. Northwestern’s Emily Boettcher reached on an error and eventually scored giving the Red Raiders the victory.
With the loss the Bulldogs moved to an elimination game against another GPAC foe, eight seeded Doane, who was defeated in five innings by top seed Dickinson State, 13-2.
After giving up a run to start the game the Bulldogs were able to take the lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Davis tripled to open up the innings and Anne Royuk walked. Davis eventually scored on a wild pitch while Royuk crossed the plate on a ground ball out by Hellbusch. Those runs proved to be all Concordia could scrounge up as they only had a base runner at second twice the rest of the game, and finished with just five hits.
Doane on the other hand exploded from the plate, pounding out 13 hits and runners on in every inning en route to the 7-2 win.
With the losses the Bulldogs finish the season with an overall record of 26-20 (17-5 GPAC).
The Concordia softball team has placed seven players on the 2006 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) All-Conference team. The list is made up of 20 first-team members, 18 second-team members and an honorable mention list.
Senior second baseman Jennifer Davis and sophomore shortstop Samantha Hellbusch were named to the first-team while junior Amanda Hehn and freshman Charlotte Kaeding were tabbed as secondteam selections. Kelly Kurtzer, Cassie Pralle and Sarah Bergen were all named honorable mention selections.
Davis (Lincoln, Neb.), Concordia’s lead off hitter, led the team in stolen bases with 13 in 14 attempts. Defensively she committed just four errors in 181 attempts for a fielding percentage of .978. In addition Davis was third on the team in hits with 44.
Hellbusch (Creston, Neb.) was the Bulldogs leader in hits (51) and had a batting average of .395 on the season. She also added 16 extra base hits - three home runs, two triples and 11 doubles. Hehn (Fort Collins, Colo.) anchored the Concordia pitching staff, compiling a record of 14-8 with an ERA of 2.67. She struck out 98 batters in 152.0 innings of work.
Kaeding (Westminster, Colo.) put together an impressive offensive resume playing mostly as the Bulldogs’ designated player that included a season batting average of .410 and slugging percentage of .547. She also drove in a team-high 31 runs on 48 hits.
Kurtzer (Lincoln, Neb.), the Bulldogs’ first baseman, had just four errors in 262 attempts for a fielding percentage of .985 as well as leading the team in round trippers (4). Pralle (Wymore, Neb.) pounded out 16 RBIs and came up with timely hits throughout the conference season for Concordia. On the mound Bergen shared team high-honors in strikeouts with 98.