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News and Events:
8/30 Softball Informational Meeting - Monday, September 9th @ 7:00.
There will be an informational meeting for all those who are interested in trying out for the Concordia women's softball team on Monday, September 9th at 7:00pm in classroom #139 of the Olson Forum. 

7/08 Stacey Holm Named Head Women's Softball Coach.
Stacey Holm
was named the new women's softball coach at Concordia.
She takes over for Steve Baumgartner who was the head coach since 1987. 

MOORHEAD-- Concordia College Moorhead Athletic Director Dr. Armin Pipho announced today that Stacey Holm has been named the new women's softball coach. She takes over for Steve Baumgartner who has been the head coach since 1987. Holm was Baumgartner's assistant coach last season.

Baumgartner, who is the head men's hockey coach at Concordia, will continue to be involved in the softball program as he will take over the assistant coaching duties.

Holm, originally from Cokato, Minnesota, is a 1996 Concordia graduate. She joined the Cobber coaching staff in 2002 as an assistant women's softball coach.
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5/22 Spring Academic All-Conference Award Winners.
(In at least 2nd year at Concordia and at least a 3.35 cumulative GPA)
Becky Bouwman Jr. Glenwood, MN Nutrition/Health
Kathy Braun Sr. Willmar, MN Psychology/Health
Jill Flatau Jr. Frazee, MN English Education
Erin Gunderson Sr. Princeton, MN Biology
Stacie Johnson Jr. Belgrade, MN Biology

5/13 Jill Pontius Makes Concordia Softball History.
Jill Pontius
Sr.
Eagle Bend, Minn.
Was named NFCA First Team All-Region. She led the team in batting average, slugging pct. and on-base pct. She is the first player in school history to be named to the all-region.

Jill Pontius (Eagle Bend, Minn.) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region First Team. It is the first time in school history that a Concordia player has been named first team all-region.

Pontius caps off a tremendous senior year that saw her named to the MIAC All-Conference team for the first time in her career after being named all-conference honorable mention in her sophomore and junior years. This season she hit .447, the second highest average in school history. Besides batting average, she led the team in hits (38), doubles (11), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.467). Her slugging percentage of .718 is also a new school record.

Pontius, a four-year starter at catcher, played in 27 games this year without committing an error, which led all MIAC catchers. She also led the league in throwing out runners attempting to steal.

She ends her career with a .350 batting average, second best in school history.

| Complete Listing of Midwest All-Region Teams |

5/10 Kathy Braun and Jill Pontius Receive All-MIAC Honors.
Kathy Braun
Sr.
Willmar, Minn.
Was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. She was second in the MIAC in home runs (5).
Jill Pontius
Sr.
Eagle Bend, Minn.
Was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. Her .447 season average is the second-best in school history.

Concordia seniors Kathy Braun (Willmar, Minn.) and Jill Pontius (Eagle Bend, Minn.) were named to the women's softball MIAC All-Conference Team. It is the first time that both players have been awarded the honor. The two led Concordia to a fourth place league finish and for their careers, finished with a 49-38 MIAC mark and a 72-62 overall record.

Braun, who played in 30 of the team's 32 games, hit .379 this year - the highest average in her four-year career at Concordia. She led the team in stolen bases (5) and finished second in batting average, hits (36), home runs (5) and RBI's (19). She also finished the year by only committing six errors in 146 chances as the teams' secondbaseman. In MIAC play, Braun finished  third in the league in slugging percentage (.754), second in home runs (5), tied for third in total bases (46) and ninth in on-base percentage (.448).

Pontius finally receives all-conference accolades after being named to the MIAC Honorable Mention Team in her sophomore and junior seasons. She hit .447 this year, the second highest average in school history. Besides batting average, she led the team in hits (38), doubles (11), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.467). Her slugging percentage of .718 is also a new school record.

Pontius, a four-year starter at catcher, played in 27 games this year without committing an error, which led all MIAC catchers. She also led the league in throwing out runners attempting to steal.

At the plate, Pontius was second in the MIAC in slugging percentage (.774), tied for fourth in home runs (4), tied for fifth in RBI's (18) and ninth in total bases. 

| Complete MIAC All-Conference Details |

5/04 Cobbers Sweep Macalester 4-2, 4-2 to End Day With Four Wins. 
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |
Concordia swept Macalester 4-2, 4-2 to complete their one-day quadrupleheader sweep. 

5/04 Cobbers Sweep St. Kate's 5-4 and 3-1.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |
Concordia swept St. Kate's 5-4 and 3-1 in their first doubleheader of the day. 

5/03 Doubleheaders With St. Kate's and Macalester Now Rescheduled.
Concordia's final two doubleheaders have been rescheduled for Saturday, May 4th at St. Kate's. Concordia will play St. Kate's at noon in the first doubleheader and then immediately turn around and play Macalester. 

4/29 Cobbers Swept by St. Ben's, 6-1 and 4-2.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score |

4/28 Doubleheader With St. Kate's Has Been Postponed. 
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Kate's scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at 1:00pm at St. Kate's has been postponed due to inclimate weather. No make-up date has been set at this time. 

4/27 Doubleheader With Macalester Has Been Postponed. 
Concordia's doubleheader with Macalester scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 1:00pm at Macalester has been postponed due to inclimate weather. No make-up date has been set at this time. 

4/25 Cobbers Have a Power Outage, But Gain Split With Carleton.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page |
Kathy Braun (Sr., Willmar, Minn.) covers first base on a bunt attempt by a Carleton player. Braun went 3-for-3 in leading Concordia to a game 2 win over the Knights.

After scoring 25 runs and slugging seven home runs the day before, Concordia struggled to maintain their offensive arsenal and gained a split with Carleton. The Cobbers were held to only three hits in the first game and lost 2-1, before hammering out 10 hits in the finale and winning 3-2.

Concordia was done in by a steady, full wind blowing in from left field and a hot Carleton pitcher in game one. Alyssa Honnette threw a three-hit, complete game in picking up only her third win of the season. Honnette struck out a career-high eight Concordia batters and also scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. 

Neither team could manage any offense through the first three innings. Cobber hurler Gretta Stritesky (Ogilvie, Minn.) pitched an impressive game as well, as she set the Knights down in the first three frames without a hit. Concordia scored first in the game when Kathy Braun (Sr. Willmar, Minn.) doubled home Stacie Johnson (Jr., Belgrade, Minn.) in the bottom of the fourth. Carleton quickly tied the score with a run of their own in the top of the fifth. Amanda Espinosa led off the inning with a single and scored on a passed ball with two outs in the inning. 

Carleton scored the decisive run in the top of the last inning on a two-out rally. After retiring the first two Knight batters, Stritesky hit Honnette and then gave up a double to centerfielder Steph Lee. Honnette turned around and made short work of Concordia, after giving up a two-out single to Shyla Wilson (Jr., Cohasset, Minn.), she struck out pinch hitter Jenai Estrada (So., Moreno Valley, Minn.).

Despite allowing only two runs and giving up five hits Stritesky was handed her fifth loss of the year.

In the second game, Concordia used three, single-run innings to gain the split. The Cobbers picked up lone runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Stritesky continued to keep the Knight batters off track and once again held them to only two runs on five hits. Four players made up the 10-hit parade for the Cobbers. Braun and Wilson both went 3-for-3, and Mandy Pearson (Fr., Watkins, Minn.) and Jill Pontius (Sr., Eagle Bend, Minn.) collected two hits each.

Concordia (9-7, 15-11) will play a pair of doubleheaders in the Twin Cities this weekend. On Saturday April 27th they play at Macalester at 1:00pm and then on Sunday the 28th they travel across St. Paul to take on the College of St. Catherine at 1:00pm. Carleton (7-7, 14-14) will host St. Olaf on saturday at 1:00pm and then St. Mary's on Sunday at 1:00pm.

4/24 Cobbers Go "Yard" to Sweep St. Olaf 15-4, 10-9. 
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

4/23 Cobbers Go Deep for the Sweep, Down Hamline 2-1, 4-2.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page |

4/22 Doubleheader With St. Ben's Has Been Changed. 
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Ben's scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th at 4:00pm at Concordia has been changed to Monday, April 29th at 4:00pm at Concordia. 

4/21 Doubleheader With St. Olaf Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Olaf scheduled for Sunday, April 21st at 1:00pm at St. Olaf has been postponed until Wednesday, April 24th at 4:00pm at St. Olaf. 

4/20 Cobbers Go South and Get Swept by Gustavus 2-0, 5-4.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

4/19 The ConcordianCobbers drop four in a row...
        by Tim Hanson -The Concordian 

4/18 Doubleheader With St. Ben's Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Ben's scheduled for Thursday, April 18th at 4:00pm at Concordia has been postponed until Tuesday, April 30th at 4:00pm at Concordia. 

4/16 Cobbers Get Run Over by St. Thomas 8-0, 4-1.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page |

4/14 Sun Shines But Cobbers Get Rained On by St. Mary's 2-0, 9-5.
       | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page |

4/13 Cobbers Take Two to Complete a Royal Flush. 
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page

4/11 Cobbers Split With MSU-Moorhead - Lose 4-1, Win 1-0.
        | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score | Action Picture Page |

4/9 Cobbers Go Wild Over Augsburg, Sweep the Auggies 23-10, 3-2.
      | Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

4/8 Doubleheader With St. Ben's Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Ben's scheduled for Monday, April 8th at 4:00pm at Concordia has been postponed until Wednesday, April 10th at 4:00pm at Concordia. 

4/6 Doubleheader With St. Ben's Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's doubleheader with St. Ben's scheduled for Saturday, April 6th at 1:00pm at Concordia has been postponed until Monday, April 8th at 4:00pm. 

3/29 Cobbers Finish Florida Trip by Edging Colby 4-3.

3/28 Cobbers Pelt Buffalo St. 8-4 and Lose to UW-Stevens Point 8-1.

3/27  Cobbers Lose to UW-Whitewater 5-0 and Beat Fredonia (NY) 9-4.

3/26 Cobbers Nip DePauw 3-2 and Lose to Endicott 4-3.

3/25 Cobbers Down DePauw in First Game of the Year.
        | Box Score
 Concordia wins 4-1, as pitchers Erin Gunderson and Gretta Stritesky hold DePauw to only two hits.
 

3/25 2002 Concordia College Softball Preview.

Season Outlook and Notes:
Erin Gunderson
Sr.
Princeton, Minn.
Will be looking to regain the form that placed her on the All-Region team her first two years at Concordia.

Once again the 2002 Concordia softball team will rise or fall with the three basics of the sport; pitching, pitching, pitching. 

Last year the team fell to eighth place in the MIAC after spending the previous two seasons in third place. The key element in this decline was the Cobbers' lack of consistency on the mound. In 1999 and 2000, the Cobbers relied on the arm of Erin Gunderson (Sr., Princeton, Minn.). Gunderson responded by being named to the all-region team in her first two years in a maroon and gold uniform. Last season she struggled to find her form after undergoing shoulder surgery. A healthy Gunderson should help Concordia return to the top of the MIAC in 2002.

Also helping the Cobbers this year will be a group of starters that will rely on power over speed and experience over youth. The team will have six of the nine starters from a year ago returning. They will also have four seniors and four juniors that will play extended innings this spring.

| Complete Softball Preview |

9/03 Insurance, Returning Athlete, & 1st Year Participation Forms are Now Online.

8/27 Women's Softball Information Meeting Set for Wed., Sept. 5th. 
Anyone interested in competeing in women's softball should attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 in classroom 139 in Olson Forum. You can reach coach Baumgartner at 299-4166 or e-mail at: baumgart@cord.edu if you have a conflict or will be unable to attend the meeting. 

5/16 2002 Softball Schedule is now online.
 


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