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5/17 Academic All-Conference Award Winners.
(In at least 2nd year at Concordia and at least a 3.35 cumulative GPA)
Becky Bouwman So Glenwood, MN Psychology, Health
Kathy Braun Jr Willmar, MN Psychology, Health
Jill Flatau So Frazee, MN English Education
Erin Gunderson Jr Princeton, MN Biology
Stacie Johnson So Belgrade, MN Biology
Heather Stohs Sr Perham, MN Business Education

5/16 2002 Softball Schedule is now online.

5/10 Amanda Schindeldecker Earns All-MIAC Honors.
       Jill Pontius Named All-MIAC Honorable Mention. 
Amanda Schindeldecker
Jr.
Menahga, Minn.
Named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the first time in her career.

Concordia junior Amanda Schindeldecker (Menahga, Minn.) was named First Team All-Conference. It is the first time that Schindeldecker has received all conference recognition. 

Schindeldecker, Concordia's leading hitter with a .348 average, led the MIAC in doubles with nine. She was finished eighth in the league in walks.  She also led the team in slugging percentage (.551), on-base percentage (.420) and total bases (38).

She was also used as a pitcher in the second half of the season due to injuries. She finished the year with a 2.36 ERA in 37 innings of work. 

| Complete Details and All-Conference Players |
 

5/09 Concordia is Shut Out in Rare MIAC Tripleheader.
Concordia lost all three games they played in a rare MIAC tripleheader. The Cobbers lost the first game to St. Ben's 3-0. The game was the second game of a doubleheader that was postponed due to rain on Saturday, May 5th. The second and third games of the day were against St. Kate's in a series that was originally scheduled for April 30th. Concordia dropped both games to the Wildcats, losing 1-0 in the first and 5-0 in the nightcap.

| Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Game 3 Box Score |

5/05 Concordia Loses to St. Ben's 7-2, 2nd Game Canceled Due to Rain.
        | Game 1 Box Score

5/04 Concordia is Swept by St. Olaf 7-2, 4-2.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |

5/01 Concordia's Series With St. Kate's Has Been Scheduled for May 7th.
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Kate's originally scheduled for April 30th, has been changed to Monday, May 7th at St. Ben's. 

5/01 Concordia Drops a Pair to St. Thomas 12-3, 9-2.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |
Kathy Braun (Jr., Wilmar, Minn.) turns the 5-4-3 double play in Concordia's doubleheader with St. Thomas.

Series Summary - 
Concordia dropped a pair of games to league-leading St. Thomas, 12-3 and 9-2 in Moorhead. In both games the Cobbers stayed close until late in the fourth inning when the Tommies scored multiple runs to blow the games open. 

In the first game, St. Thomas jumped on the board early, scoring two runs in the opening frame. Concordia cut the lead to 6-3 in the third inning before the Tommies used a two-run fourth to extend the lead to five runs. After the fourth the Cobbers were never able to mount a comeback, with their best chance coming in the sixth when Cobber senior Heather Stohs (Perham, Minn.) doubled, then Kristina Brakke (Moorhead, Minn.) and Becky Bouwman (So., Glenwood, Minn.) walked to load the bases. All three Concordia runners were stranded when St. Thomas starter Casey Curson finished the inning and the game with a strikeout.

Curson picked up the win allowing only four hits in six innings. Christine Moen (Sr., Glenwood, Minn.) was the pitcher of record for Concordia, going six innings and giving up nine earned runs. Cobber catcher Jill Pontius (Jr., Eagle Bend, Minn.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the offense.

Concordia struck first in game two, and took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning. The Tommies struck for three runs in the top half of the inning, and never relinquished the lead. The game stayed close until the seventh inning when St. Thomas was able to score five times. Three of the runs were unearned as the Cobbers committed two costly errors in the inning.

Amanda Schindeldecker (Jr., Menahga, Minn.) was instrumental on both sides of the field in the second game. She pitched all seven innings, giving up only three earned runs, and went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run batted in. For Schindeldecker it was only her third career start and drops her record to 1-2. Stacy Tamble went the distance for St. Thomas in the second game. She upped her record on the year to 14-3. 

With the two defeats, Concordia falls below .500 in the MIAC for the first time all season. They now stand at 7-9 in conference play and 10-10 overall. St. Thomas continues to duel with St. Mary's for the league title, as they improve to 17-1 in the MIAC and 30-6 overall. 

The Cobbers will host a pair of series on Friday and Saturday when St. Olaf and St. Ben's visit Moorhead. The Cobbers will end their season on Monday, May 5th when they play St. Kate's at St. Ben's in a doubleheader that was originally scheduled to be played on April 30th. 

4/28 Concordia Drops Home Doubleheader to St. Mary's 8-0, 9-1.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |

4/27 Cobbers Split With Bethel, Drop the 1st game 5-3,Win 2nd 7-3. 

4/27 The Concordian, Softball battles rain and MIAC
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

4/26 Softball Drops Two Tight Games to Carleton 2-1, 1-0.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |

4/24 Concordia's Doubleheader With St. Thomas Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th at 4:00 at Concordia has been postponed due to poor field conditions. The tow0game series will be made up on Tuesday, May 1st @ 4:00.

4/22 Concordia's Doubleheader With St. Kate's Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd at noon in St. Paul has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

4/21 Concordia's Doubleheader With Bethel Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 in St. Paul has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

4/18 Concordia Gets Offensive to Sweep Macalester 3-1, 7-1.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |

4/16 Concordia Doubleheader With St. Olaf Postponed Until May 7th.

4/10 Concordia Travels to Gustavus and Drops a Pair 3-1, 8-2.

4/9 Concordia Stays Hot, Sweeps Hamline 8-1, 2-1.

4/7 Concordia's Games With St. Olaf Have Been Postponed Until 4/16.

4/6 Concordia Sweeps Doubleheader With Augsburg 4-3, 4-3.

3/28 Concordia's Game with MSU-Moorhead Has Been Postponed.

3/23 The Concordian, Softball team begins season with realistic hopes
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

3/10 Concordia Splits at UST Invite to Finish Tournament 3-1.
- Cobbers Rally to Beat Coe (IA) 4-3, to Complete Weekend Sweep
- Cobbers Lose for the First Time this Season 6-0 to St. Thomas.

3/09 Concordia Gains Sweep on Opening Day of the Season.
- Cobbers Edge Coe (IA) 8-4 in First Game of UST Invite
- Cobbers Drop Luther 8-0 in 5 Innings.

3/06 Concordia Softball 2001 Preview

Season Outlook and Notes:
The Concordia College softball team is hoping to reach the final frontier this season. The past two seasons the Cobbers have finished third, and narrowly missed being selected for the postseason. This year the team is looking to break on through to the top two and gain their first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament.

Steve Baumgartner enters his 15th year as head coach optimistic that a solid 1-2 pitching combination will push them to the edge of their goals. offensively Concordia will look to strengthen the middle of the lineup to replace two-time All-MIAC centerfielder Cindy Frey (St. Paul, MN) who graduated last spring.
The other hole to fill is at shortstop where four-year starter Laura Danielson (Bemidji, MN), who also graduated, solidified the left side of the infield with her range and athleticism.

The foundation for Concordia this year will be two-time All-Region and All-MIAC pitcher Erin Gunderson (Jr., Princeton, MN). Gunderson was in the top five in the conference in every pitching category in 2000, and currently holds every pitching mark in the school record book. She won 19 games last year and struck out 141 batters in 179 innings of work. She also held opponents to a .183 average in her 31 games. Adding a solid 1-2 punch will be senior hurler Christine Moen (Glenwood, MN). Moen is a three-year starter who led the Cobbers in saves last year and has a 3.49 career ERA.

Concordia returns four of their top five hitters in 2001. Leading the hit parade is junior catcher Jill Pontius (Eagle Bend, MN), an All-Conference Honorable mention selection last year. Pontius was the team leader in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2000. Kathy Braun (Jr., Willmar, MN) a three-year starter at second base, will return as the leadoff hitter. She finished the 2000 season third on the team in batting average and on-base percentage. Designated player Heather Stohs (Sr., Perham, MN), Pontius and Gunderson will give the Cobbers a potent top four in the batting order. Stohs, a career .277 hitter, led the team in at-bats last year. Finding a bottom five in the order that can threaten consistently will be a priority for Baumgartner. Junior Amanda Schindeldecker (Menahga, MN) and sophomores Jill Flatau (Perham, MN) and Becky Bouwman
(Glenwood, MN) will be called on to consistently provide run support to the offense. Flatau finished her first year with a .284 average and a .405 slugging percentage.

In the field Concordia has two key spots to fill in the middle of the diamond. Danielson at shortstop and Frey in centerfield were the vocal captains that organized the defense. The right side of the infield will remain intact from last year as Stacie Johnson (So., Belgrade, MN) will benefit from a years experience at first base and Braun provides a strong presence at second. Schindeldecker will anchor the left side as she returns for her third year as the starting thirdbaseman. The biggest question mark on the team will be the
starting outfield where only Flatau, Bouwman and fellow sophomore Shyla Wilson (So., Cohasset, MN) return from a year ago.

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