2003-04 Baseball MIAC Postseason
All-MIAC Team | 2004 Special
Bucky Burgau Named MIAC Coach of the Year; 3 Players Earn MIAC Honors.
Named MIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
Becomes the first pitcher in school history to be named MIAC Pitcher of the Year.
Earns MIAC All-Conference honors for the second straight year.
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
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
Jeremy Hinderks - Concordia College
Jim Dimick MIAC Coach of the Year
Bucky Burgau - Concordia College
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