Softball set to host three doubleheaders this week

Softball set to host three doubleheaders this week

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University softball team will end a stretch of a week without a game when it hosts Hastings in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (20-5, 5-1 GPAC) will just be getting started as they turn around and welcome Benedictine College (Kan.) on Thursday (5 p.m.) and Morningside on Saturday (1 p.m.).

All three twin bills will be webcast live via the Concordia Sports Network. Mike Meyer will provide the play-by-play.

This week’s schedule (all doubleheaders at Plum Creek Park)
Tuesday, April 8 vs. Hastings, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 10 vs. Benedictine, 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 vs. Morningside, 1 p.m.

Team breakdowns
*GPAC rank in parentheses

Concordia (20-5, 5-1 GPAC)
Head Coach
: Todd LaVelle (1st year)
BA: .331 (2nd)
SLG: .412 (6th)
Runs/game: 6.68 (1st)
ERA: 3.26 (6th)
Opponents’ BA: .277 (6th)
K’s: 120 (3rd)
Fielding %: .948 (4th)
Leading Hitter: Rebecca Walker (.429 BA, .518 OBP, 12 RBIs)
Top Pitcher: Amanda Beeson (9-3, 3.46 ERA, 92 K, 91 IP)

Benedictine (10-15)
Head Coach
: Dana Goss (1st year)
BA:  .284
SLG:  .382
Runs/game: 4.16
ERA: 4.20
Opponents’ BA:  .284
K’s: 73
Fielding %: .944
Leading Hitter: Megan Eldredge (.446 BA, 2 HR, 12 RBIs)
Top Pitcher: Katelyn Nill (6-5, 3.25 ERA, 45 K, 73.1 IP)

Hastings (13-14, 4-2 GPAC)
Head Coach
: Troy Baker (8th year)
BA: .303 (3rd)
SLG: .376 (8th)
Runs/game: 3.80 (10th)
ERA: 3.15 (4th)
Opponents’ BA: .278 (7th)
K’s: 100 (5th)
Fielding %: .941 (5th)
Leading Hitter: Kelsey Hoehler (.348 BA, 2 HR, 13 RBIs)
Top Pitcher: Taylor Erlenbusch (8-4, 2.21 ERA, 55 K, 76 IP)

Morningside (13-6, 3-0 GPAC)
Head Coach
: Jessica Jones-Sitzmann (16th year)
BA: .291 (6th)
SLG: .415 (5th)
Runs/game: 4.84 (6th)
ERA: 2.73 (2nd)
Opponents’ BA: .252 (1st)
K’s: 94 (6th)
Fielding %: .953 (3rd)
Leading Hitter: Taylor Daas (.464 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBIs)
Top Pitcher: Kayla Salonen (6-3, 2.36 ERA, 42 K, 53.1 IP)

Bulldogs in the rankings
On Monday Concordia appeared at No. 1 in the GPAC rankings for the fourth-straight time. The Bulldogs also received 24 points in last week's national poll, placing them sixth among the “others receiving votes.” Another national coaches’ top 25 poll will be released on Tuesday (April 8).

As individuals, the following Bulldogs rank in the top 10 in the GPAC in at least one statistical category.

  • Amanda Beeson
    • 2nd in wins – 9
    • 2nd in fewest BBs/9 innings – 1.23
    • 10th in ERA – 2.69
  • Palmer Bosanko
    • 5th in triples – 2
  • Regan Doiel
    • 7th in stolen bases – 10
  • Molly Madsen
    • 10th in batting average – .381
    • 10th in RBIs – 19
  • Diana Mendoza
    • 2nd in triples – 3
    • 3rd in runs – 24
    • 7th in hits – 31
  • Amber Topil
    • 9th in doubles – 7
  • Julia Tyree
    • 3rd in wins – 8
    • 5th in doubles – 9
    • 6th in RBIs – 23
  • Rebecca Walker
    • 4th in batting average – .429
    • 5th in on-base percentage – .518
    • 5th in doubles – 9
    • 8th in runs – 21
    • 10th in hits – 30

Concordia projected lineup (BA/OBP/SLG)
1. Diana Mendoza, CF (.356/.404/.448)
2. Brittany Hudler, DH (.353/.421/.431)
3. Julia Tyree, 2B (.363/.402/.500)
4. Molly Madsen, 1B (.381/.438/.413)
5. Rebecca Walker, 3B (.429/.518/.557)
6. Amber Topil, C (.310/.355/.408)
7. Palmer Bosanko, RF (.338/.402/.473)
8. Regan Doiel, CF (.338/.386/.377)
9. Shelby Morose, SS (.225/.282/.296)
P Amanda Beeson / Julia Tyree

7 April 2014