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2001 Concordia Men's Baseball Preview Information
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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2950
President : Rev. Thomas Thomsen
Athletic Director: Dr. Armin Pipho
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Arena: Moorhead Sports Center, Capacity 3,150
 

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Concordia Men's Baseball
First year of baseball: 1920
All-time play-off record: 4-8
Years in post-season play: 4
Last post-season appearance: 1995
All-time record: 578-436-7

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Bucky Burgau
22nd year Coach 

Men's Baseball Staff
Head Coach:  Donald "Bucky" Burgau
Alma Mater: North Dakota State University
Record at school (years): 425-313-5, 23rd Season
Career record: 466-386-5
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-3209
Best time/day to reach coach: 9:00 - 12:00

Assistant Coaches:
Dave Klug, Concordia '80
John Duffy, University of Richmond '96

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Sports Information
S.I.D: Jim Cella
Office Ph.:  218-299-3194
Home Ph: 218-233-3698
Fax: 218-299-4189
E-Mail Address: cella@cord.edu
WWW Address: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/
 

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2000 Results
H/A Date  Opponent      Result
 A 3/24-26 William Penn Tourney
  3/24 William Penn      W 7-4
       Westminster       W 17-5
  3/25 Westminster       L 7-8
       William Penn      L 5-10
  3/26 Westminster       W 25-10
       William Penn      L  7-13
A 3/29 Valley City       L 1-2
A 3/29 Valley City       W 6-3
A 4/1  Carleton          W 20-5
A 4/1  Carleton          W 4-1
H 4/4  UM Morris         W 9-8
H 4/4  UM Morris         W 7-3
H 4/5  St. Olaf          L 2-3
H 4/5  St. Olaf          L 12-17
A 4/8  St. John's        L 3-2
A 4/8  St. John's        L 5-4
H 4/9  UW River Falls    L 4-7
H 4/9  UW River Falls    L 4-10
A 4/12 St. Mary's        W 3-2
A 4/12 St. Mary's        L 5-6
H 4/13 Valley City       L 5-11
H 4/16 Augsburg          L 2-3
H 4/16 Augsburg          W 7-2
A 4/21 Hamline           W 4-2
A 4/21 Hamline           W 5-4
H 4/22 Macalester        L 3-6
H 4/22 Macalester        L 2-3
H 4/24 Gustavus          W 9-8
H 4/24 Gustavus          W 10-2
A 4/29 Bethel            L 4-8
A 4/29 Bethel            W 8-4 8(inn.)
H 5/1  St. Thomas        W 10-7
H 5/1  St. Thomas        L 3-5
A 5/2  Mayville St   Cancelled
 

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2001 Cobber Men's Baseball Schedule
H/A Date Opponent    Time
  A 3/9-12  Easton Shootout @ U.of Dallas
    3/9  MacMurray            1:00
    3/9  Concordia (IL)       3:30
    3/10 MacMurray (IL)       8:00
    3/11 U.of Dallas          3:30
    3/12 St. Mary's (MN)      8:00
    3/12 U.of Dallas          1:00
  A 3/23-24 Midland Snow Blower Classic @ Midland
    3/23 Midland (NE)         10:00
    3/23 Peru (NE)            3:30
    3/24 National American(SD)10:00
    3/24 Chmpnshp/Cnsltn Game 6:00/3:30
H   3/31 UW-Superior          1:30
  A 4/1  UM Morris            1:30
H   4/4  Carleton             2:30
  A 4/8  St. Thomas           12:00
H   4/10 St. John's           2:30
H   4/12 Valley City          2:00
H   4/13 St. Mary's           12:00
  A 4/18 Augsburg             2:30
  A 4/21 Gustavus             12:00
H   4/22 Hamline              1:00
H   4/26 Bethel               2:30
  A 4/28 Macalester           1:00
  A 4/30 NDSU(1-9 inning game)6:00
  A 5/5  St. Olaf             1:00
    5/11-12 4-Team MIAC Tourney

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Concordia Series Records Against MIAC Opponents:
Opponent      W  L   Series Started
Augsburg      31 25  1960
Bethel        29 11  1978
Carleton      25 6   1984
Gustavus      28 29  1960
Hamline       47 14  1920
Macalester    42 8   1960
St. Johnís    29 23  1960
St. Maryís    27 31  1960
St. Olaf      19 27  1920
St. Thomas    19 36  1960
 

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Player & Team Information
Overall record last year: 16-17
Conference record/finish: 10-10 / 6th

Letterwinners returning/lost:  14/6
Starters Returning/lost:  9/2

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Key Returning Players

No Name           Pos Yr Ht   Wt  Hometown/High School
03 Bryan Marudas     P  So 5-10 150 Hinckley MN Hinckley-Finlayson
- Led team in 2000 in Winning Pct(.800)
09 Raleigh Schmidt  OF  Jr 6-1  170 Tracy MN Tracy Area
- Led team in 2000 in Triples (4) and Outfield Fielding Pct. (.974)
10 Justin Berg       P  Jr 6-2  158 Moorhead MN Shanley
- Led team in 2000 in ERA (2.57),Relief Appearances (17)and Saves (4)
11 Isaac Hjermstad   C  Sr 6-0  185 Park Rapids MN Park Rapids
- Threw out 5 of 16 runners attempting to steal last year.
20 Matt Nustad      3B  Sr 6-0  185 Detroit Lakes MN Detroit Lakes
- Second on team in 2000 in BA (.383), HR's (4) and RBI's (30)
27 Doug Muzik        P  Sr 6-2  190 Detroit Lakes MN Detroit Lakes
- Led team in 2000 in Wins (4) and Opponent's BA (.265)
32 Chad Felstul     1B  Jr 5-11 190 Morris MN Morris Area
- Led team in 2000 in At-Bats (112); Third on team in BA (.375)

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Key Graduated Players with Experience
Name          Pos  Hometown/High School
Clayton Horgen   1B  Fergus Falls, MN
- 2-Time All-Region and All-MIAC Player; 2000 Team Leader in BA, HR's and RBI's

Key Newcomers
No Name          Pos  Yr Ht    Wt Hometown/High School
13 K.C. Solum       OF  Fr 6-0  170 Barnesville MN Barnesville
24 Ryan Hebrink   P/IF  Fr 6-3  190 Sacred Heart MN RCW
30 Jeremy Hinderks P/OF Fr 6-1  225 Renville MN RCW
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
The 2001 Concordia baseball team will have a familiar look about it, with one major exception. Last year the Cobbers won four out of their last six games, including an impressive split with national runner-up St. Thomas, and missed the inaugural MIAC Tournament by only two games.

The good news for head coach Bucky Burgau is that the entire pitching staff, and four of the top five hitters are back for the 2001 campaign. The bad news is that the team's leading offensive threat and team leader in every offensive category was lost to graduation. Clayton Horgen (Fergus Falls, MN) was a two-time All-Region and All-MIAC performer who led the team in hits, home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, and was an anchor for the defense at his first base position.

Burgau will enter his 23rd year as the Cobbers' manager with a deep pitching staff that is completely intact from last year. This stability should help the team improve on their 10-10 record in the league last year and their overall record of 16-17. The 10-10 mark was the 18th time in Burgau's first 21 seasons that the Cobbers have finished at or above the .500 plateau in league play. In that time the Cobbers have only finished below sixth place in the league one time.

Doug Muzik (Sr., Detroit Lakes, MN) and Derek Dormanen (So., Menahga, MN) will be the keys to the starting rotation this season. They were the top starters from a year ago and will benefit from a year of experience. Muzik led the team in wins and he held opponents to a .265 average last season. Dormanen was the team's strikout leader last year, striking out 29 in just 37 innings of work. The pitching staff will rely on Justin Berg (Jr., Moorhead, MN) to solidify the bullpen. Berg was the team's stopper last year, appearing in a team-high 17 games and saving four games.

The offense will feature a trio of players that had solid seasons last year. Matt Nustad (Sr., Detroit Lakes, MN), Chad Felstul (Jr., Morris, MN) and Jesse Rostad (Sr., Barnesville, MN) finished second through fourth in batting average last year, and all will be back for the 2001 season. Nustad, the Cobbers thirdbasemen batted .383 from the third spot in the batting order and was in the top three in all offensive categories. He will be called on to supply the power for this year's team as he finished second in HR's  and RBI's last year. Felstul, the team's designated hitter, batted .375 last year and led the team in at-bats from the fifth spot in the order. He will be switched to first base, replacing Horgen in the field. Rostad will assume the designated hitter position and will benefit from a constant spot in the offensive lineup. Last season he shared duties at second base and was still able to finish in the top five on the team in hits, with only a limited number of plate appearances.

Other key players offensively will be Raleigh Schmidt (Jr., Tracy, MN) who led the team in triples and was third in homeruns. He will also be counted on to add speed to the lineup. Schmidt finished second on the team in stolen bases a year ago and was not thrown out all season long. A.J. Bunkowske (So., Vergas, MN) will be shifted to a permanent spot in the outfield and will be looking to continue his late-season hot streak that propelled him to finish second on the team in slugging percentage and third in on-base percentage.

Concordia will start the season on the road at two tough tournaments. They open play on March 9th at the Eason Shootout in Dallas, TX, and then they travel to Midland, NE to take part in the Midland Snowblower Classic on March 23rd. The Cobbers will play UW-Superior and UM-Morris before they open the MIAC season on April 4th with a two-game series at home against Carleton. Concordia's early MIAC schedule has a home field edge, as they will play three of their first four conference series at home.
 

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2000-2001 Preseason Roster:
See current roster on 2001 roster page |

No Name          Pos  Yr Ht    Wt Hometown/High School
01 Ben Kvidt        OF  So 5-11 175 Detroit Lakes MN Detroit Lakes
02 Chris Sailer  OF/IN  Sr 5-9  170 Park Rapids MN Park Rapids
03 Bryan Marudas     P  So 5-10 150 Hinckley MN Hinckley-Finlayson
07 Eric Wold      P/OF  Sr 5-11 180 Fargo ND South
09 Raleigh Schmidt  OF  Jr 6-1  170 Tracy MN Tracy Area
10 Justin Berg       P  Jr 6-2  158 Moorhead MN Shanley
11 Isaac Hjermstad   C  Sr 6-0  185 Park Rapids MN Park Rapids
12 Brad Koosman     IF  So 5-10 160 Madison MN Lac Qui Parle
13 K.C. Solum       OF  Fr 6-0  170 Barnesville MN Barnesville
15 Andy Dwyer       IF  Jr 5-9  160 Bismarck ND Shiloh Christian
16 Jesse Rostad     OF  Sr 5-11 170 Barnesville MN Barnesville
17 Jason Phillips P/IF  Sr 6-0  175 Fargo ND Shanley
18 Derek Dormanen SS/P  So 5-10 160 Menahga MN Menehga
20 Matt Nustad      3B  Sr 6-0  185 Detroit Lakes MN Detroit Lakes
21 Travis Anderson   P  So 6-1  205 Fargo ND South
23 Tim Miller       SS  Jr 6-2  185 Bloomington MN Jefferson
24 Ryan Hebrink   P/IF  Fr 6-3  190 Sacred Heart MN RCW
26 Jeremy Morgenroth C  Sr 5-10 190 Perham MN Perham
27 Doug Muzik        P  Sr 6-2  190 Detroit Lakes MN Detroit Lakes
28 Chad Akerson     2B  Jr 5-7  185 Willmar MN Willmar
29 Isaac Triebold    P  So 6-4  215 Oriska ND South
30 Jeremy Hinderks P/OF Fr 6-1  225 Renville MN RCW
32 Chad Felstul     1B  Jr 5-11 190 Morris MN Morris Area
53 A.J. Bunkowske C/OF  So 6-1  205 Vergas MN Oak Grove

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