Concordia set for Avila Invite on Sunday and Monday

By Chase Benton on Feb. 15, 2024 in Softball

SEWARD, Neb. – With potential inclement weather, the Bulldogs are scheduled to take to the diamonds in the Avila University NAIA Invitational this upcoming Sunday and Monday (Feb. 18-19). With the invite set at the Home Field Complex in Kansas City, Mo., Concordia will face four separate teams including Saint Mary of the Woods College (Ind.), Benedictine College (Kan.), Baker University (Kan.) and Avila University (Mo.). The blue and white shook off the rust against Ottawa University (Kan.) last Saturday, falling in both games, 8-0, 10-2.

This Week

Sunday, Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary of the Woods College (0-0), 2 p.m. CT
--Live Stats | Location: Home Field Complex (Kansas City, Mo.)

Sunday, Feb. 18 vs. Benedictine College (2-1), 4 p.m. CT
--Live Stats | Location: Home Field Complex (Kansas City, Mo.)

Monday, Feb. 19 vs. No. 11 Baker University (0-4), noon CT
--Live Stats | Location: Home Field Complex (Kansas City, Mo.)

Monday, Feb. 19 vs. Avila University (1-3), 4 p.m. CT
--Live Stats | Live Video | Location: Home Field Complex (Kansas City, Mo.)
--NOTE: There will be no live broadcasts for the first three contests.

Facing the No. 17 Braves in an opening double header is no small task, having already played four games. After their first six games, Ottawa is 6-0 with three shutouts collected in the back. The Defending Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference champion run ruled the Bulldogs in both contests in the sixth and fifth inning. Concordia got its lone runs of the day in the second inning of game two. A pair of walks and a Jennifer Katz single loaded the bases for Aubrey Bruning. The lefty slapper drilled a liner off the pitcher for an RBI single and Hanna Bowers then followed with a sacrifice fly. Freshman shortstop Laycee Josoff made her anticipated debut and collected two hits in the first game of the day.

Saint Mary of the Woods College has yet to play in a game in 2024, but the Pomeroys went 36-16 earning a bid to the NAIA national tournament. Benedictine (2-1) won over York University (24-0) and MidAmerica Christian University (8-2) of Oklahoma. Baker University (0-4) has dropped all four of their games by two runs or less, having faced GPAC opponents Northwestern and Morningside in doubleheaders. Avila University (1-3) faced two tough opponents, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Our Lady of the Lake University to start their season. The Eagles took one bout (5-0) against the Jaguars in their final game in San Antonio, Texas.

Concordia is set to travel to Kansas next weekend (Feb. 24-25) and link up against the University of Saint Mary and Benedictine College for two doubleheaders on the road.