2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
April 30, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia junior catcher Kyle Johnson goes airborne to slide home and score the second run in the Cobbers' 4-2 win over NDSU. In the game, Johnson extended his hitting streak to a school-record 20 games.

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April 30, 2008

Top Note

- Concordia beat NCAA Division I opponent North Dakota State 4-2 on Tuesday. It was the second win program history over a Division I opponent. The Cobbers beat Kansas University 11-5 back in 1982. The win at home over the Bison is also believed to be the first home game against a Division I opponent for any Concordia athletic team in the history of the department.

Baseball (14-12/6-8 MIAC; beat NDSU 4-2)

- Cobber catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) extended his hitting streak to 20 games in the Cobbers’ win over NDSU on Tuesday. That is the longest hitting streak in program history. Johnson leads the Cobbers in hitting in 2008 with a .435 average. He is currently leading the MIAC in RBI’s (19) and total bases (45) and is tied for the league lead in home runs (4) in conference games. He is also third in batting average (.500), fifth in slugging percentage (.900) and tied for second in hits (25).

- Concordia is currently batting .313 this season. That is fourth in the MIAC and an increase of over 30-percentage points from last season when they hit .280. The Cobber record for team average in a single season is .344 set back in 1985.

- Entering the game against the Bison the Cobbers had three players hitting above .400. Besides Kyle Johnson, junior first baseman Scott Schumacher (Thompson, N.D.) is batting .414 and sophomore outfielder Nick Lewis (Fergus Falls, Minn.) is hitting .408. The last time CC had a player hit above .400 was in 2006 when Billy DeNet hit .418 for the season. The last time Concordia finished the season with more than one player hitting above the .400 level was back in 1992.

Fastpitch Softball (7-28/5-15 MIAC; lost to Gustavus 7-0 & 3-0/split with St. Olaf

7-6 & 5-13/ lost to Valley City State 15-9 & 8-0)

- Concordia has hit four home runs in each of their past two doubleheaders. The Cobbers hit four against Valley City State on Tuesday and a quartet  in their series against St. Olaf last week. They have now hit at least one round-tripper in eight of their last nine doubleheaders. The Cobbers have hit 13 homers in MIAC play and are tied for second in that statistical category.

- Cobber senior second baseman Amanda Johnson (Grey Eagle, Minn./Long Prairie-Grey Eagle HS) and third baseman Maddie Haroldson (Jr., Sartell, Minn.) lead the team in home runs with four. Both players had two home run doubleheaders last week. Johnson is tied for second in the conference in homers hit in league play. She has 11 hits in the MIAC and seven have been for extra bases.

- Concordia catcher Amanda Michaelson (Jr. Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View HS) finally bumped her season batting average to over .300 for the season. After flirting with the mark for the past week, she jumped over the .300 level by going 3-for-5 against Valley City State. She is currently hitting .312 and leads the team in hitting in 2008.

Men's Tennis (8-11/2-7 MIAC; lost at Carleton 9-0)

- End of Season

Women's Tennis (5-12/1-9 MIAC; lost at Carleton 6-3)

- End of Season

Men's Outdoor Track and Field (competed at the Drake Relays, the Al Cassell Relays at Jamestown and the St. John's Invite)

- The Concordia shuttle hurdle relay team of Paul Westmark (Jr., Appleton, Wis.), Marly Simmons (So., Detroit Lakes, Minn.), Perry Patterson (So., Ham Lake, Minn./Blaine HS) and Paul Shol (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) broke the school record at the Drake Relays on Friday. The quartet ran a 63.86 which bettered the old mark of 64.45 set back in 2001.

- Concordia had three different athletes win individual events at the St. John’s Invite on Sunday. Josh Smith (Sr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) won the 400 meters, Xavier Carroll (So., El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont HS) won the 100 and 200 meters and Tom Flynn (Jr., Shelby, Mont.) captured the victory in the javelin.

- The Cobber 4x100-meter relay team of Jason Sather (So., Plymouth, Minn./Armstrong HS), Patterson, Flynn and Carroll ran a 43.37 at the Drake Relays over the weekend. That time is only 0.06 of a second behind the top CC time from last year and is currently the fifth fastest in the MIAC this season.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field (competed at the Drake Relays, the Simpson Invite and the Al Cassell Relays at Jamestown)

- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) was the only event winner for Concordia at the Al Cassell relays hosted by Jamestown College (N.D.) on Saturday. Brenden ran a 18:30.19 in the 5000 meters and won the race by over a full minute. That time is the fifth fastest in the conference this season and is her season best by almost ten seconds.

- The Concordia 4x100-meter relay team of Leah Kay (So., Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS), Kristin Slette (So., Moorhead, Minn.), Tara Ray (So., Darby, Mont.) and Mary Otis (Jr., New Ulm, Minn.) ran a season-best 51.19 at the Drake Relays this past weekend. That time is fourth best in the MIAC this season.

- Cobber junior Mary Otis ran a 13.11 in the 100-meter dash at the Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College (Iowa) on Friday. That was the third fastest non Division I or II time in the race. It is also the sixth fastest time in the MIAC this season.

Men's Golf (T5th place at the St. John's Invite/lost to Augsburg 304-315)
- Concordia senior Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn.) posted a 72 at the St. John’s Invite on Sunday and finished in a tie for seventh place. Dvorak is attempting to become the first men’s golfer in Concordia history to qualify for the NCAA National Tournament. He had an average score of 74.8 during the fall season and has maintained that average in the four rounds he has played in the spring.

- Concordia finished tied for fifth at the St. John’s Invite on Sunday. The Cobbers posted a one-day team score of 297 which marks the first time this spring they have broken the 300 mark as a team. It is also only the second time in both the fall and spring seasons they have broken that barrier.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008
MTR - at MIAC Decathlon - 1 p.m.

WTR - at MIAC Heptathlon - 1 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 25, 2008
MTR - at MIAC Decathlon - 11 a.m.

WTR - at MIAC Heptathlon - 11 a.m.

Saturday, Apr. 26, 2008
MTR - at Ron Masanz Invite at MSU Moorhead - 9 a.m.

WTR - at Ron Masanz Invite at MSU Moorhead - 9 a.m.
SB - at home vs. St. Ben's - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

BS - at St. Mary's - 4 p.m. | Live Stats

Monday, May 5, 2008
BS - at home vs. St. Thomas - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
BS - at home vs. Augsburg - 1 p.m. | Live Stats