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2003-04 Baseball MIAC Postseason Awards

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Bucky Burgau Named MIAC Coach of the Year; 3 Players Earn MIAC Honors.
Bucky Burgau
Named MIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
Jeremy Hinderks
Becomes the first pitcher in school history to be named MIAC Pitcher of the Year.
Ryan Hebrink
Earns MIAC All-Conference honors for the second straight year.
Luther Kangas
Led Concordia in RBI's in 2004 and was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team.

(ST. PAUL)--- Concordia head coach Bucky Burgau was named the MIAC Coach of the Year and three Cobber players earned MIAC honors the MIAC league office announced today. Jeremy Hinderks (Sr., Renville, Minn./R-C-W HS) was named the Mike Augustin Pitcher of the Year and Ryan Hebrink (Sr., Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) and Luther Kangas (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear lake HS) were placed on the MIAC All-Conference Team.

For Burgau, it is the third time that he has won coach of the year honors. He becomes only the third coach in league history to be named coach of the year on three separate occasions. He also won the award in 1985 and 1992. The honor comes after a regular season that saw him become the first coach in MIAC baseball history to record 300 league wins. Burgau also captured his 500th career victory as head coach of the Cobbers during the season. He currently has a 506-368-6 record in his 25+ years at the helm of the Cobbers. He has guided Concordia to three consecutive 20-win seasons and has placed in the top five of the MIAC in 11 of the past 13 years.

The trio of senior players helped Concordia to a second place finish in the MIAC regular season and a berth in the four-team conference tournament. The appearance will be the third time in four years that the Cobbers have participated in the MIAC postseason. Concordia finished the season 22-13 overall and 14-6 in the MIAC. The Cobbers finished the regular season by winning 15 of their last 18 games. At one point, Concordia was 0-3 in the league and 7-10 overall. Their midseason turnaround was sparked by a school-record 12-game winning streak. With their 22 overall wins, Concordia has won 46 games in the past two seasons, which is the second highest total in the MIAC during that time.

Hinderks becomes the first pitcher in school history to win MIAC Pitcher of the Year honors since the award was instituted in 1998. Hinderks earns all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. He had another dominant year as the teamís number one starting pitcher. Hinderks led the MIAC for conference games in innings pitched (64.2), wins (6) and saves (3) and was second in ERA (1.67) and strikeouts (43). His 84.2 innings pitched during the entire year is a new school record for most innings pitched in a single season. He also has a chance to break school records in career wins and overall innings pitched. Entering the conference tournament, he is tied for the record in career wins with 22 and is only 16.2 innings away from breaking the mark in career innings pitched.

Like Hinderks, Hebrink earns his second straight MIAC All-Conference selection. Hebrink set a new school record for home runs in a single season in 2004. He clouted 11 roundtrippers this season and now has 30 on his career. Hebrink leads the team in hits (36), home runs, total bases (78) and slugging percentage (.729). In overall games, Hebrink led the MIAC in home runs and was second in slugging percentage. He also finished among the league leaders in total bases.

Kangas garners his first postseason award as the Cobber catcher. As a junior, he played exclusively in the outfield and after being switched to the team's backstop at the beginning of the year he had a breakout season. He finished the season tied for third in home runs and seventh in RBI's in league games only. He led the team in RBI's with 38. That total is only six behind the school record set by Hebrink last season. He also finished second on the team in hitting with a .347 average.

2004 MIAC All-Conference Awards

2004 MIAC All-Conference Team
Name                  School       Yr    Pos.   Hometown
Brad Baglien      St. Olaf    Sr.   C    Shoreview, Minn.
Joel Brettingen   Macalester  Sr.   2B   Tonka Bay, Minn.
Kirby Carr        Bethel      Fy.   OF   Fergus Falls, Minn.
Tony Cicalello    St. Mary's  Sr.   2B   St. Paul, Minn.
Nathan Dammann    Hamline     Sr.   C    Maynard, Minn.
Casey Garven      St. Thomas  Sr.   3B   Bloomington, Minn.
Ryan Hebrink      Concordia   Sr.   SS   Sacred Heart, Minn.
Jeremy Hinderks   Concordia   Sr.   P    Renville, Minn.
Josh Howard       St. Thomas  Jr.   OF   Shoreview, Minn.
Trent Larson      Gustavus    Sr.   3B   Burnsville, Minn.
Luther Kangas     Concordia   Sr.   C    Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Mike Kimlinger    St. Thomas  So.   SS   St. Paul, Minn.
Tony Konicek      Gustavus    Fy.   OF   Rochester, Minn.
Brian Krause      St. Thomas  Jr.   P    Appleton, Wis.
Ryan Mahoney      Bethel      Jr.   P    St. Paul, Minn.
Luke Muellerleile Carleton    So.   SS   White Bear Lake, Minn.
Jeremy Nelson     Augsburg    Jr.   P    Maplewood, Minn.
Brett Olson       St. Thomas  Jr.   OF   St. James, Minn.
Mike Ramthun      St. Thomas  Sr.   P    Bloomington, Minn.
Charlie Ruud      St. Olaf    Sr.   P    Cannon Falls, Minn.
Ricky Saintey     Bethel      Sr.   C    Rosemount, Minn.
Ben Sherer        Gustavus    So.   1B   Bismarck, N.D.
Josh Spitzack     Gustavus    So.   P    West Concord, Minn.
Jed Riegelman     St. John's  Sr.   OF   Red Wing, Minn.
Bryant Rogness    Gustavus    Sr.   2B   Lakeville, Minn.
Eric Tobias       St. Olaf    So.   P    Prescott, Wis.
Tyler Vrieze      Gustavus    Sr.   OF   Richfield, Minn.

2004 MIAC Special Awards
Max Molock MIAC Most Valuable Player
Ben Sherer - Gustavus Adolphus College

Mike Augustin MIAC Most Valuable Pitcher
Jeremy Hinderks - Concordia College

Jim Dimick MIAC Coach of the Year
Bucky Burgau - Concordia College


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