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Baseball - Thu, Jun. 6, 2013
Ty Holm finished a great two year career for CU in 2013
Ty Holm finished a great two year career for CU in 2013

The Concordia baseball team recorded another great season in 2013, winning 30-plus games for the third straight season and advancing to the NAIA Opening Round for the third straight year, and third time in program history, and finished with an all-time Opening Round record of 5-4.  The squad was ranked in the top-20 nationally all season and finished the season rated #19 in the NAIA, their third straight year finishing in the top-20 nationally.

Final NAIA Top-25 Poll

The Eagles finished the season 35-21 and 22-14 in the GSAC, finishing second behind The Master's.  CU advanced to the NAIA Opening Round in Daytona Beach, FL.  Although the season came to an end in the Sunshine State, the Eagles spent the season proving for another year they are very visible on the national scene.

"We had a good year.  We came up a little short of the World Series, but we did make it back to the Opening Round," head coach Mike Grahovac said.  "We try and maintain a good program by building each year.  We are going to continue to bring in quality players and quality people to Concordia University."

The 22 conference wins matched that of last year's and 2006, and are the most in school history.  Head coach Mike Grahovac improved his five-year record to 165-108, second all-time in wins, behind Jackie Schniepp (204) and first in winning percentage at .604.  The team set a single-season record with 53 double plays.  Cody Smith finished seventh on the single-season list with six triples.  Ty Holm had a 17-game hitting streak and Bryan Garza had one of 16, good for third and fourth on the CU rankings.  The team had five All-GSAC selections and two Gold Glove winners.

Starter Cole Swanson proved his durability, starting 15 games, fourth all-time.  He threw 104.2 innings and fellow starter Chris Garrison threw 102.1 innings, good for fifth and eighth on the single-season lists.  Swanson struck out 86 and Garrison K'd 70, third and ninth on the CU lists.  Starter Andrew Brooks, who finished the season on fire, collected a 2.91 ERA, eighth on the single-season list and starter Quintana threw 16-straight scoreless innings, third on the single-season list.  Swanson won eight games, fifth all-time, and Blake Harrison recorded three saves, eighth all-time.

Senior Ty Holm finished his two-year career with 42 stolen bases, eighth all-time.  Senior pitcher Blake Harrison wrapped up one of the best careers in Concordia history.  In addition to pitching a complete game to win the National Championship in 2011, Harrison finished eighth all-time with five complete games, fourth with 16 wins, third with an .842 winning percentage (16-3), and fifth with a career 3.21 ERA.  Concordia reliever Sean Buford completed his three-year CU career with the all-time best winning percentage (10-1) .909 and six saves, good for sixth all-time.

With the GSAC moving to seven teams in 2013, each team played 36 conference games, six against each opponent.  Concordia opened their season winning two-of-three against GSAC foe Arizona Christian.  After a sweep of Biola at the end of February, the Eagles were 8-4 in the GSAC and had won the first game in all their conference series.  CU took two-of-three from Vanguard on the road on the weekend of March 9 to go to 12-6 in the GSAC.  At that point, CU had won five of their first six GSAC series.  The Eagles defeated former GSAC power Azusa Pacific twice in March on the road, and have won six straight games on the APU's field.

Concordia finished the regular-season winning six-of-eight series.  The Eagles were eliminated in the second round of the GSAC Tournament held at The Master's in Santa Clarita, CA.  They advanced to the NAIA Opening Round in Daytona Beach at the #2 seed and after defeating #22 Lindsey Wilson in the First Round on May 9, they lost to #5 Embry-Riddle and Lindsey Wilson on back-to-back days to end their season.

On the season the Eagles recorded five top-25 wins and spent the entire season in the top-20.  Concordia says goodbye to seniors Matt PalmerPhil GerberDave Peterson, Blake HarrisonDanny RomeroChase KoissianRyan DiMascioChris LeeChris KuberSean BufordSteven McMichaelSpencer OfeltTy Holm,Joe Goldenberg, and Chris Garrison.  Concordia will most likely return three-fourths of their starting rotation and four of their eight position players.  Head coach Mike Grahovac continues to build a strong tradition at Concordia and 2014 promises to be another successful run.

 

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