GAME NOTES: Bulldogs set to battle for regular-season title

By on Apr. 18, 2016 in Baseball

SEWARD, Neb. – Tied for first place in the GPAC, the Concordia baseball team will host another conference contender, Midland University, this weekend. During the twin bill on Saturday, the senior baseball student-athletes will be honored. The Bulldogs will travel to York College on Tuesday before hosting the Warriors on Saturday. To round out the weekend, Concordia will be the visitors at Doane College on Sunday.

Concordia University (22-19, 8-4 GPAC) at No. 18 York College (34-11, 22-6 KCAC)
Tuesday, April 19 | 5:30 p.m.
Site: Levitt Stadium | York, Neb.
Webcast: Stretch Internet
Live Stats: Stretch Internet 

Midland University (29-15-1, 8-4 GPAC) at Concordia University (22-19, 8-4 GPAC) 
Senior Day
Saturday, April 23 | 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Site: Plum Creek Park | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 

Concordia University (22-19, 8-4 GPAC) at Doane College (18-18, 3-9 GPAC)
Sunday, April 24 | 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Site: Jose M. and Elizabeth Ledon Baseball Complex | Crete, Neb.
Webcast: Live Stream 
Live Stats: Stat Broadcast 

Last time out
Over the weekend, Concordia split double-headers with Northwestern and Morningside. The win over Northwestern featured four home runs, including a grand slam from Kaleb Geiger. At Morningside, five Bulldogs recorded two or more hits. Jake Adams hit his first career home run and went 3-for-3 on the day.

GPAC rankings
Concordia is currently tied for first in the league with Morningside, Midland, Briar Cliff and Northwestern. In the conference, the Bulldogs lead in triples per game (0.46) and total triples (19), rank second in assists per game (10.44) and total assists (428) and rank third in chances per game (34.39), total chances (1,410), runs scored per game (7.68) and total runs scored (315). Below is an individual list of top-10 rankings in the league.

Alex Alstott – home runs per game, 10th (0.15)

Casey Berg – triples per game, sixth (0.09); total triples, tied for third (3)

Taylor Bickel – wins, tied for ninth (4)

Alex Cargin – total triples, tied for third (3)

Kaleb Geiger – chances per game, first (8.25); total chances, second (297); putouts per game, first (7.53); total putouts, second (271); batting average, ninth (.384); slugging percentage, third (.705); runs scored per game, tied for fifth (1.06); total runs scored, tied for ninth (38); RBI per game, fifth (1.08); total RBI, fifth (39); doubles per game, fourth (0.33); total doubles, tied for fourth (12); triples per game, tied for eighth (0.08); total triples, tied for third (3); home runs per game, eighth(0.17); total home runs, tied for eighth (6); total bases per game, sixth (2.19); total bases, tied for seventh (79); on base percentage, first (.510)

Mark Harris – earned run average, third (3.77); opponent batting average, ninth (.275); batters struck out per game, seventh (8.37); total batters struck out, ninth (40); hits allowed per game, fourth (9.21); total hits allowed, tied for fifth (44); runs allowed, tied for fourth (28); earned runs allowed, first (18); wins, tied for ninth (4)

Cole Jackson – earned run average,10th (4.76); opponent batting average, tied for 10th (.285); innings pitched per game, 10th (5.04); hits allowed per game, seventh (9.33); total hits allowed, ninth (47); runs allowed, tied for eighth (31); earned runs allowed, tied for ninth (24)

Johnny May – total steal attempts, tied for 10th (13)

Christian Montero – RBI per game, eighth (0.95); total RBI, sixth (38); doubles per game, eighth (0.30); total doubles, tied for fourth (12); total home runs, tied for eighth (6); total at bats, tied for 10th (134)

Josue Melchor – saves, tied for fourth (4)

Christian Meza – doubles per game, tied for ninth (0.29)

Logan Ryan – total chances, 10th (198); assists per game, third (2.85); total assists, third (114); triples per game, 10th (0.08); total triples, tied for third (3)

Runs record broken
Through 41 games this season the Bulldogs have scored 215 runs, averaging 7.68 per game. Concordia broke the single-season record for runs of 289 set in the 2015 season on Sunday, April 10. The ‘Dogs tied the mark with the 14th run scored against Mount Marty and surpassed it on the 15th. Nine Bulldogs have crossed the plate more than 20 times apiece with Kaleb Geiger leading the pack with 38.

National numbers
In the nation, Concordia ranks in the top-50 in 12 categories including eighth in triples per game (0.46), ninth in total triples (19) and 17th in assists per game (10.44). Below is a list of top-45 individual rankings in the country.

Kaleb Geiger – chances per game, 17th (8.25); putouts per game, 20th (7.53); slugging percentage, 42nd (.705)

Logan Ryan – assists per game, 34th (2.85); total assists, 40th (114)

“You’d always like to win both, but you can’t complain too much about getting splits on the road against two really solid baseball teams.”
-Head coach Ryan Dupic

Scouting the opponents
No. 18 York College Panthers
The Panthers of York College own a 34-11 overall record and a 22-6 KCAC mark. York owns a team batting average of .347 and an on-base record of 42.4 percent. The Panther pitching crew has an ERA of 5.35 and their opposing batters own a .292 average. The Panthers are led by head coach Brian Walth who is in his third season at York. Walth is assisted by Dylan Connolly, Eric Gray, Tyler Helms and Mike Miller.

Midland University Warriors
The Warriors of Midland University have a 29-15-1, 8-4 GPAC record this season. Midland has a squad batting average of .347 and a 54.7 on-base percentage. The Warrior pitching staff owns a 5.29 ERA. Opposing batters have an average of .280. The Warriors are led by head coach Chad Miller who is in his second season at Midland. Miller is assisted by Adam Steyer, Jake Loftus and Ian Nick.

Doane College Tigers
The Tigers of Doane College hold an 18-18 overall record and a 3-9 record in the GPAC. The team has a batting average of .290 and an on-base percentage of 39.3 percent. The Tiger bullpen owns a 6.15 ERA while their opposing batters have a .283 batting average. The Tigers are led by head coach Jeremy Jorgensen who is in his ninth season at Doane. Jorgensen is assisted by Elliott Engle.

Up next on the diamond
The Concordia baseball team will wrap up the regular season next week. A game rescheduled from last week with Grace University will be made up on Monday, April 25 in Omaha. Then on Thursday, April 28 the Bulldogs will travel to Hastings College before hosting Nebraska Wesleyan on Friday.