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Baseball team plays in the sun
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

Concordia College’s baseball team, which has been practicing in Olson Forum, recently escaped the cold and snowy Minnesota weather for warmer pastures in Ft. Myers, Fla. March 24-29 for spring training, where they posted a 6-3 record.

“We felt that coming into this season we should have a pretty good baseball team,” head coach Bucky Burgau said. “Our strength of our baseball team is our pitching staff and our defense and that’s a good place to start. The top four starters in our pitching rotation are juniors now and they have been starting since freshman year and that’s a lot of experience, which helps out a lot.”

After a successful season last year, finishing fourth in the MIAC with a conference record of 12-8 and making the playoffs, the Cobbers (7-6) are hoping to build on last year’s success this season.

“I have a strong feeling we will do very well in the MIAC this season,” junior pitcher Travis Anderson said. “Our offense came around this week, and we have solid pitching. We improved as a ball club this week. We didn’t make some of the mistakes that we were making in the first couple of games. We are coming together and gelling as a group. We are starting to win and [are] having fun.”

The Cobbers started the season playing four games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome March 8 and 9, and came out with a 1-3 record splitting with Dordt and losing both games to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Concordia then went to Florida on March 24 for six days to play nine games in the warm sunny weather. The Cobbers posted a 6-3 record during their trip to Florida.

“I think our team has improved a lot so far this season,” senior first baseman Chad Felstul said. “We are starting to gel and we are starting to get clutch hitting when we need to get a run in. I think it is one of the closest teams that I have played on at Concordia. We enjoy hanging out and being with each other and I think it shows on the field that we have come together as a team.”

Concordia started by beating Clarke (IA) 16-3, and 13-7 on March 24. The team then lost two close games on March 25, one in extra innings to Southern Maine 2-4 (nine innings) and the other game 10-11.

“I think that the games against Southern Maine stand out because they were the number seven ranked team in the nation in Division II last year, and even though we lost both games, I think we gained valuable experience from playing a team of that caliber,” Felstul said.

After a day of rest on March 26, the team split with Oberlin (OH) on March 27 losing the first game in extra innings 2-3 (eight innings) before rallying in the second game to win 12-4.

Hitting its stride, the team won the last three games of the trip beating UW-Platteville 12-3 on March 28 and winning against Colby (ME) March 29, 5-4 and 12-0.

The Cobbers were supposed to have one more non-conference game on Tuesday, April 2. before starting MIAC play, but due to the unusual weather conditions, that game was postponed until Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Concordia’s first three MIAC games are away playing at: St. Mary’s, St. John’s and UM-Morris. Due to the weather conditions the MIAC season opener at St. Mary’s originally scheduled for Thursday, April 4 has also been postponed until Friday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. The team will host its first home game of the season Tuesday, April 9 against MIAC rival St. Olaf at 2:30 p.m.

“I think it really helps out that for a large core of our guys this is our third year together,” Anderson said. “I think one key this year is our leadership from the upperclassmen. All of our younger players look up to the upperclassmen. They can learn a lot from the upperclassmen’s experience.”

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