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(ST. PAUL)-- Concordia senior softball players Jill Flatau (Perham, Minn/Perham HS) and Stacie Johnson (Belgrade, Minn./BBE HS) earned MIAC postseason honors. Flatau was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team while Johnson was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. It is the first time for both players to be named to a league all-conference team.
Flatau had her career-best season this year. She led the Cobbers in average (.382), slugging percentage (.574) and on-base average (.440). She was in the top five in all three categories in the MIAC. During the course of the year she had seven multiple-hit games and hit safely in 13 of the team's 22 league games.
Johnson, the Cobbers' first baseman, hit .294 on the season and led the team in home runs (5), RBI's (16) and total bases (54). She was tied for third in the league in home runs. Her fielding percentage of .989 placed her third in the MIAC among everyday infielders. She only committed two errors in 178 chances.
Gustavus entered the series 15-1 in league play and a half game ahead of second place St. Thomas. The Cobbers, playing in their final twinbill of the year, weren't able to contain the high-powered Gustavus offense in the first game. The Gusties blew the game wide open in the fourth inning when they scored eight runs on Cobber starting pitcher Gretta Stritesky (Ogilvie, Minn./Ogilvie HS). Entering the inning, Gustavus was holding on to a 4-0 advantage. Concordia was unable to score in the fourth or fifth inning and the game was called due to the league's eight-run rule. Gustavus (17-1-0 MIAC, 22-9) collected 15 hits in the game, seven of which were for extra-bases.
The Gusties pounded out five doubles and two home runs. First-year player Audrey Lenoch went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run and three RBI's. The Cobbers managed only four hits in the five-inning affair. Leadoff hitter Jamie Bang (Fr., Hermantown, Minn/Hermantown HS) went 2-for-3.
The second game appeared to be headed in the same direction as the first, as Gustavus scored a run in the first, had a pair of hits and had runners at the corners before starter Steph Boesche (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) found her groove and got Sara Medved to ground out to short. Boesche then stymied the Gusties over the next four innings, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters.
The game pivoted around the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. The Cobbers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Bang singled in Steph Gemar (Jr., Felton, Minn./Shanley HS) with two outs. Gustavus proceeded to score the eventual game-winning run in the top half of the sixth inning but the game's dramatics were saved for the bottom of the frame. Concordia loaded the bases with one out, and that's when the Gustie defense turned golden. Shyla Wilson (Sr., Cohasset, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) hit a smash down the third base line and Melissa Aust snared the ball and fired to home to get the force out. With two outs, and the game hanging in the balance, Gemar hammered a ball to deep right field. Gustavus right fielder Julie Langenfeld got a good jump on the ball and made a spectacular catch to rob Gemar of a hit and the Cobbers of the go-ahead runs.
After Boesche worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning, Concordia could only mount a solo walk by Bang in the bottom of the frame. Gemar was the only Cobber with multiple hits in the finale. She finished the game 2-for-3 and the memory of what might have been. Boesche pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs and and seven hits.
Jill Flatau (Sr., Perham, Minn./Perham HS) went 2-for-5 in the series and finished the season with a team-leading .382 average. Bang, who was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, finished closely behind at .380.
Concordia finishes the year 7-15 in the MIAC and 11-24 overall.
12/11 Cobber Softball Schedule for 2003 Now Online.
10/14 Cobbers Hold 1st Annual Homecoming Alumni Game.
MOORHEAD-- Concordia College Moorhead Athletic Director Dr. Armin Pipho announced today that Stacey Holm has been named the new women's softball coach. She takes over for Steve Baumgartner who has been the head coach since 1987. Holm was Baumgartner's assistant coach last season.
Baumgartner, who is the head men's hockey coach at Concordia, will continue to be involved in the softball program as he will take over the assistant coaching duties.
Holm, originally from Cokato, Minnesota, is a 1996 Concordia graduate.
She joined the Cobber coaching staff in 2002 as an assistant women's softball
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