|April 24, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
| Softball | Baseball | Salvevold Story | Tennis | Track | Golf
Golfers kick off spring season
The men's golf team kicked off the spring season with a second-place finish at Meadows last Friday when they hosted UND and NDSU. UND took first place with 305, and NDSU tallied 320. Concordia totalled 308 points, led by junior Brandon Riddering, 74.
The Sioux beat Concordia by 13 strokes last Sunday, 295 to 308. Freshman Seth Johnson and sophomore Matt Tharaldson led Concordia with 74 each.
Women's golf action starts today at Village Green, Moorhead. The Cobbers are ranked fourth nationally among Division III schools, according to a poll released early last week, and three of Concordia's golfers are ranked in the region's top 10 - sophomore Christie Strecker, senior Jenny Dick and sophomore Kari Weidner.
Concordia's softball team went 1-1 in non-conference play Monday against Moorhead State University. In the first game the Cobbers won in 10 innings, 2-1. In the second game the Cobbers rallied but couldn't pull out the win, losing to MSU 7-5.
In the first inning freshman Christine Moen
was pitching for the third time since an injury to her left arm sidelined
her for a few weeks. Moen injured her arm on
a line drive during thie second game against St. Ben's in their home opener
April 4. She came back to the lineup April 16 against
Her start was a rocky one as she opened up the game throwing a wild pitch and walking the first batter. Another wild pitch by Moen advanced the runners. The next hitter for the Dragons hit a fly ball to center field. Junior Cindy Frey caught it and threw it home. Her throw wasn't in time, however, as MSU went up 1-0.
The Cobbers went swinging one, two, three to end the first inning. In the second Moen got better control of her pitches throwing more strikes than in the first inning. In the third Frey made a nice play throwing in from center field to nail the runner at home for the third out. In the bottom of the third junior Allison Haaland singled to center field to bring in freshman Kim Thronson to tie the game at one apiece.
In the fourth Moen seemed much more relaxed than in Saturday's game against St. Olaf. In the fifth, Moen, again with help from her defense, shutout MSU. Senior Julie Campion had a nice leaping catch to snag a line drive for one of the ours in the fifth.
In the sixth the Dragons got a couple of hits off Moen, but her defense helped her get out of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth Frey got the inning going by getting the ball past MSU's short stop to get on base. The team couldn't get anything else going, however, and Concordia left one stranded.
In the seventh Moen started to have trouble with her control again but got out of the inning without any damage.
With both the teams still tied 1-1 the game went into extra innings.
In the eighth inning neither team could get anything going On offense. In the ninth Concordia got in trouble when a fly ball went over the left fielder's head as the runner reached third with only one out. However, the Cobbers got out of-the inning with good pitching and defensive play.
In the tenth inning each team got a chance to score with a runner already placed on second. Pray grounded out to the pitcher for the first out. Next Danielson struck out swinging. Mueller hit a line drive over the third into the outfield for a single. The runner from second scored, giving the Cobbers the win.
"The win shows that we don't quit or give up when it gets tough for us," senior Sheri Damlo said. "We know we are in the game until the end."
In the second game Concordia stayed close until the top of the seventh when MSU scored four runs to put the game away. In the bottom of the first Damlo scored on a hit by Haaland to give the Cobbers a 1-0 lead.
In the second a MSU runner scored on a passed ball to tie the game, 1-1. Another MSU runner scored later in the inning on a past ball to give MSU a 2-1 lead. In the top of the fifth the Dragons scored on a hit to left field giving them a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth Campion had better control of the ball than earlier in the game. In the bottom of the sixth freshman Heather Stohs hit a fly ball that went off the right fielder's glove. Mueller hit a hard grounder past the short stop into left field for a double as Stohs scores from second closing the gap to 3-2.
Moen came in to pitch for Campion in the seventh. The Dragons led, 7-2, after the top of the inning. In the bottom of the seventh Haaland doubled to left field. Pray singled to center field bringing in Haaland to make it 7-3. Freshman Steph Boll hit a two-run blast over the left field fence to close the gap to 7-5. However, Campion and Danielson both struck out looking to end the rally.
"We have the ability and skill level, but there are some people who
are afraid to fail, and when they do it's the end of the world kind of
situation," Baumgartner said. "A loss is not
the kind of thing that they can just brush off."
team's bats come alive
The Cobber baseball team split games Wednesday against Gustavus, losing the first game 9-5 in eight innings. In the second game Concordia won 19-10. The team is 13-13 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
"We certainly would like to be in better shape than we are," head coach Bucky Burgau said. "I guess we are used to being in better shape than we are. I would give us a B- or C+."
In the second game, senior Jim McCormick was at the mound for Concordia. "Jim just hasn't responded from the injury at all. He has pitched very little this year. He doesn't have the arm strength he had at one time," Burgau said.
In the first inning Gustavus went ahead 1-0 when a runner tagged from third after a sacrifice fly to give the Gusties the lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Cobbers scored on a sacrifice fly to left field tying the game at one apiece. The Cobbers added a run to take the lead 2-1 when sophomore Clayton Horgen hit a grounder past second for a single. Two more runs scored when junior Chris Howell hit a chopper to short stop to make the score 4-1.
In the second inning senior Dan Geiszler hit a home run that was just fair in right field to put the Cobbers up 5-1. After junior David Feir was hit by a pitch Geiszler hit a two-run homer past the left field fence to increase the Cobbers' lead to 7-1.
In the third inning Geiszler hit a shot over the left fielder's head for a double as two runs came in to make the score 9-1. Freshman Chad Jaroszewski hit a chopper past third for a single and an RBI to make it 10-1.
In the fourth, a Gustavus batter hit a sacrifice fly into left field to score the runner from third to make it 10-2. Junior Chris Howell hit a grounder past third to give Concordia an 11-2 lead. Sophomore Marc Winjum hit a sacrifice fly to center to add to the lead making it 12-2. Geiszler hit a three run homer to center field to clear the bases giving the Cobbers a 15-2 lead. A runner scored on a sacrifice fly to center making it 16-2.
In the fifth the Gusties scored on a grounder to short stop making it 16-3. Another ball got past the short stop making it 16-4. In the bottom of the inning a runner scored after a hit by Winjum passed second making it 17-4. Two more runners come in on a fly ball to left field making it 19-4.
In the sixth a runner for Gustavus scored making it 19-5. In the top of the seventh, two runners scored after a batter hit a fly ball to the center gap making it 19-7. A runner scored on a passed ball making it 19-8. With runners at the corners, a runner scored on a chopper to the short stop making it 19-9. Another chopper hit to short stop sends in a runner to make it 19-10 with two outs in the inning. The Cobbers get out of the inning when a ground ball was hit to first and the pitcher came over to cover the bag for the final out of the game.
"Our goal for the rest of the season is to play as hard as we can every
game," Geiszler said. "It is important to finish
with the best record possible. We need to look forward, not backward."
The team lost to Bethel 5-4 at home Saturday. The team was led by sophomore Erin Pearce, who won both her singles and doubles matches. Also winning against Bethel were singles players sophomore Lori Wagner and senior Stacy Bauck and doubles player freshman Lissi Holmstrom. The matches gave the team a 2-6 record in the MIAC, and a 5-11 record overall.
The next action for the Cobbers is this weekend. The team travels to Bismarck tomorrow to face St. Mary's. Concordia's men's tennis team, preparing for the MIAC tournament May 1 and 2 at Hamline, faced three MIAC teams last week.
The team won at Augsburg 8-1 on April 16. Winning matches for the Cobbers were Matt Blom, sophomore; Nate Svingen, junior; Ben Nielson, sophomore; Eric Nielson, senior; Jon Lind, freshman; Mike Tuchscherer, senior; and Ross Gustafson, junior.
From Augsburg, the team went on to lose to both St. Thomas and Macalester at home. The Cobbers faced Macalester Saturday, losing 9-0, and St. Thomas Sunday, losing 8-1. The only point in the match came from the doubles team of Matt Blom, sophomore, and Nate Svingen, junior. Following the week, the team's record was 6-6 overall, and 2-4 in the MIAC.
The team faces Bethel and St. John's away this week and plays at home
against St. Mary's and Gustavus this weekend.
The men's track team is trying to find their rhythm as the outdoor season continues. According to men's track head coach Garrick Larson the team is not quite as sharp as they want to be going into the last half of the season. The real test will come at the end of the year when the team competes for the conference championship. The rest of the meets serve as training events to help the team reach their peak at the conference championship.
While the team is strong in the decathlon, the short-distance runs of 100 and 200 meters could use improvement. The team is more balanced than in previous years, however, and doesn't just excel in one or two areas like in the past.
Sophomore Micah Benson has been excellent in the 400-meter races and in the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays. Senior Mark Aslakson has improved greatly at the hammer throw over last year. Aslakson currently ranks second in the conference.
The team also appears to be on its way to a successful outdoor season as the young team continues to improve under the guidance of the team's seniors. Two members of the women's team have received automatic national qualifying bids.
Women's track head coach Marv Roeske said that the four seniors, Stacia Fey, Becky Kearns, Mollee Ludtke and Sarah Severson, have provided great leadership to the younger members this year. The four seniors were with the program when Roeske became head coach at Concordia in 1995.
"They were with the program when we longed to be champions. It will be tough to see them go," Roeske said.
Roeske thinks that the conference championship will be a toss-up again between Gustavus, St. Thomas and Concordia. "I think we stack up very well against the other teams in the conference," Roeske said.
Another athlete Roeske mentioned as having a good outdoor season was freshman Heidi Brenden, who excels in the 500-meter distance. Roeske said that Concordia has seven of the top 11 javelin throwers in the conference. Junior Amanda Glas was runner up in the javelin last year at the conference meet. Roeske also said that the women did well in the throwing events. Seven women threw 120 feet this year which he thought showed real improvement over last year.
Salvevold's balancing act: Hockey, school
Concordia senior Greg Salvevold will graduate this May with a degree in education. Before he starts out in his career as a teacher, however, he has other plans.
Salvevold, a Moorhead native, has been playing professional baseball for the past two years. He pitched for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1996 and for the F-M Red hawks in 1997. After being released by the Devil Rays Salvevold re-signed to pitch for the Redhawks for the upcoming season. "It will be nice to play at home for the summer," Salvevold said.
Last year Salvevold posted five wins in
11 starts for the Redhawks.
Besides being able to play at home, Salvevold will also be able to play with his good friend, Chris Coste. Coste, a former Cobber and current member of the Redhawks, has been a big influence on Salvevold. "He always helped me throughout college," Salvevold said. "He has taught me a lot." Currently Salvevold has been working out with Coste everyday in preparation for the upcoming season.
Playing baseball professionally has not been Salvevold's only accomplishment.
In fact, Salvevold has been juggling two sports and classes since his freshman year. To many students this would seem a relentless task, but not to Salvevold.
"It hasn't really been overwhelming," Salvevold said. "I just had to manage my time better."
Salvevold has been playing hockey and baseball for the Cobbers since he began college in 1993. His list of achievements is long, including All-MIAC designations in hockey and baseball.
He scored 34 points on 13 goals and 21 assists this year for the Cobber hockey team.
"Greg came to play 100 percent everyday," Steve Baumgartner, Concordia hockey coach said. "He proved that every time he went out on the ice."
This May Salvevold will graduate with a physical education and health education degree. He plans to teach high school, as well as coach hockey and baseball.
Although playing two sports and going to school took up the vast majority
of his time, he does not regret a day of it. "I really enjoyed it," Salvevold
said. "It allowed me to meet a lot of great people and gain many great
friendships." As far as playing baseball professionally he does not know
how long it will last. He says he will just "see what happens and go from