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April 14, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Baseball suffers six-game skid, Split at St. Mary’s
stops Cobber slide, brings record to 9-11
The Concordia baseball team faced its toughest competition of the season this weekend, dropping four straight to St. John’s and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. They were beaten 5-4 and 7-5 by St. John's on Saturday and were ousted in a home doubleheader against UW-River Falls on Sunday by scores of 7-4 and 10-4.
In their first and most contested game against St. John's, the Cobbers tied the game in the top of the 7th inning with an RBI double by senior first baseman Clayton Horgen. His double brought home sophomore shortstop Tim Miller, who had previously reached base on an error. However, the game was decided in the bottom of the inning, with St. John's Kyle Casey tripling in the game’s winning run.
Against River Falls, Concordia fell victim to some strong starting pitching, with UW avoiding all use of its bullpen. In the first game, the Cobbers found themselves tied in the 5th inning. Although Concordia tried to hold strong, the Falcons came up with four runs late to secure the game. In game two, the Falcons proved their power at the plate, as they rallied for a total of six runs in the last two innings, handing the Cobbers a 10-4 loss.
Although the four losses brought Concordia’s losing streak to a total of six, the Cobbers did snap their skid with a split, Wednesday, at St. Mary’s. Their 3-2 win and 6-5 loss brought their overall record to 9-11, 3-5 in the MIAC.
In addition, Concordia sluggers lead the MIAC in batting with a team average of .387.
Next up for the Cobbers are weekend home battles against Gustavus and Augsburg. Action at Gustavus starts at 12 p.m. Saturday and at Augsburg 1 p.m. on Sunday. Both matchups are doubleheaders and look to be influential to Concordia’s position.in the MIAC.
Results of Thursday’s game against Valley City are not available as
this issue goes to press
Softball steals two from St. Olaf
After last week’s disappointing losses to Augsburg, the Cobber softball team returned to action at St. Olaf on Saturday. There they notched two wins to improve their record in the MIAC to 2-2, 9-12 overall.
“The games gave us a chance to build up our confidence and get back into things,” said sophomore second baseman Kathy Braun. “Our spirits were down after Augsburg. There wasn’t much else to do besides come back and win.”
Close competition characterized Concordia’s matchup with St. Olaf. The Cobbers won the first game 3-2, and their good feelings carried over into the second. The Cobbers found themselves down 4-1 late in the game. But not allowing themselves to lose hope and shut down, the team fought back and won 5-4.
“We didn’t play like we were out of it right away,” senior shortsop Laura Danielson said. “That was crucial to our comeback. We relaxed a little and everybody played to their potential.”
Freshman outfielder Jill Flatau was especially key to Concordia’s second victory. She started the second game in the series after little playing time in the first game. According to Braun, Flatau made a clutch grab in the outfield that took an extra-base hit away from St. Olaf.
“Jill stepped up and had key hits for us and made a few very key plays,” said Danielson.
Danielson went on to say that these two wins were very important for the team. She said that being a young team this year, these first two MIAC wins are good confidence builders.
“We just build from here now,” Danielson said. “We’re over the hump of having to win and now we know what we have to do in order to win.” Things don’t get any easier for the Cobbers as they play six games in the next week. The teams they meet are Hamline, Macalester, and St. Thomas.
The St. Thomas game is a huge one for the Cobbers. Danielson said that when they played them in the beginning of the season, although they lost, it was still a good game. She feels that this time around it will be a completely different game.
“The conference always comes down to if you beat St. Thomas and St. Mary’s,” said Danielson. “If we beat these two teams, we’ll most likely be playing in the post season.”
In the meantime, the Cobbers are forgetting their losses at Augsburg,
and instead remembering their wins at St. Olaf. As Braun expressed, they
are hopeful that the positive results will carry over into this week’s
and future matchups.
Outdoor track season barely out of blocks
The school year may be coming to a close, but for the men's and women's track team, the outdoor season is just getting started.
The track team has had only two outdoor meets so far, and they will have a full schedule through the middle of May. For some of the athletes, track will go until the end of May with the national meet, which is a month after school ends.
"This actually makes it easier for a lot of the athletes," said head men's coach Garrick Larson. "Some people are having a hard time right now balancing studying, practice, and meets. This way, when we hit the heart of the outdoor season, they will not have as much to worry about." Over the next couple of weeks, the teams will pick up intensity in practice. After that, they will start to taper and get ready for the MIAC conference meet.
"The key is keeping the healthy people healthy, getting the injured people healthy, and than getting everyone ready for conference," said head women's coach Marv Roeske.
Because of the cold weather, the team has had difficulty with training. According to Larson, the rewards of training hard in cold weather do not equal the costs.
"We need to get some warm weather so that the jumpers, throwers, and sprinters have a chance to get some good times and throws."
A big meet for the Cobbers will be over Easter Break, when some members of the team will head down to the Kansas Relays. This meet is one of the best around, and will attract some of the top track and field athletes from around the world.
"The meet will give our athletes a chance to run in warm weather against really good competition," Larson said.
It will also serve as good experience and training for the conference meet which is May 12-13, and the national meet, which is May 25-27. As for performances so far this outdoor season, both teams have looked good, especially the women. They have won both of their meets, and at the Carleton Invitational they beat St. Thomas, who had earlier killed the Lady Cobs in the conference indoor meet.
"These meets have been a good chance to test ourselves and get a little confidence back," Roeske said.
Both the men and the women have an excellent shot at placing high at the conference meet. St. Thomas is the runaway favorite in the men's division, but just as at the conference indoor meet, the men have a great shot of placing second.
On the women's side, the Cobbers are looking for nothing less than the title. The only thing that stands in there way is St. Thomas.
"We need to do our job, and than have other teams help out," Roeske said.
Individually, the women have provisionally qualified three athletes for the national meet. Junior Sara Grineski has qualified in the 400 hurdles, and in the pole vault, both juniors Jen Fettig and Lisa Hodapp have done the same.
Tennis falls to Gusties
Both men's and women's teams struggled against the top ranked Gustavus in weekend tennis action. The Gusties are ranked number one in the MIAC and seventh in the nation, making them a nearly impossible team to beat. "There's not much to say," said sophomore Ben Meier. "They are just a really, really good team."
The men's team fell 0-7 to Gustavus, bringing their season record to 4-5.
On the women’s side of the court, the lady Cobbers dropped to 0-6 on the season with their loss to Gustavus.
"We played really well under the circumstances," Sarika Mehta said. "Getting a few hit rallies with their team is an achievement." The women played outside at home for the first time this season. Although they said it was nice to get out in the sun, there were other elements to deal with.
"It was really windy," said Mehta. "We had to make some big adjustments."
With the end of the academic year comes also the close of the tennis season. Each team has only two regular season matches left, before MIAC’s May 5 and 6 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. "That's the way tennis always is," Meier said. "It comes and goes quickly."
The women's team is hoping this rebuilding year will help them in the future.
"We're hoping we will learn and play up next season," Mehta said. "It
is fun to watch the girls improve on each match."