(Ann Arbor, MI) After a successful regular season where the Concordia baseball team set many school records, the team will now shift their focus to the WHAC Tournament. Third year Head Coach Zach Johnston 's ball club will head to the first round as the 4th seed after finishing the regular season with a conference mark of 23-8. This record is the best in school history along with the 6 votes that the team received in the last NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Cardinals will face off against #3 seed, Indiana Institute of Technology who finished the season ranked #18 in the NAIA Coaches' poll with a record of 41-10 overall and 25-6 in the conference
The Warriors and Cardinals squared off for a three game series in the fall with the Warriors taking 2 of 3. The Cardinals won game three, 11-4 and was the start of a season long 11 game win streak.
Who: #3 Indiana Institute of Technology (Warriors) vs. #4 Concordia University (Cardinals)
When: Sunday, May 7th at 6pm.
Where: Lourdes University – Mercy Field (525 South Holland-Sylvania Road, Toledo, OH 43615)
Warriors Scouting Report
Head Coach: Kip Williams (10th Season, 351-223-1 overall record)
Overall Season Record: 41-10
WHAC Conference Record: 25-6
NAIA Ranking: #18
Batting Average: .363, 1st in WHAC
Slugging Percentage: .548, 1st in WHAC
Runs: 478, 1st in WHAC
Hits: 623, 1st in WHAC
RBI's: 430, 1st in WHAC
Doubles: 128, 1st in WHAC
Home Runs: 55, 1st in WHAC
Batting Average: Matt Bandor, .451
Slugging Percentage: Matt Bandor, .750
Runs: Dante Biagini, 58
Hits: Glen McClain, 83
RBI's: Glen McClain and Tighe Koehring, 60
Doubles: Keith Tatum, 24
Home Runs: Charlie Sipe, 13
The Cardinals have played well away from the friendly confines of Cardinal Field boasting a 20-2 record on the road. The team has used a balanced attack of effective pitching and timely hitting to keep the Cardinals in every game. With the double elimination WHAC Tournament played entirely on the road at either University of Northwestern Ohio or at Lourdes University, the Cardinals will look to travel with confidence to Ohio.
The WHAC Tournament involves 6 teams based on the final regular season conference records. University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) received the #1 seed followed by #2 Davenport. The Cardinals earned their highest seed in program history after posting 23 conference wins. The Cardinals will play their first game at Mercy Field in Toledo, Ohio Sunday at 6pm. The team will then travel to Lima, Ohio where they will either play the winner of the #2 and #3 game or the loser of UNOH and #6 Cornerstone on Monday. For more information on the WHAC Tournament click here.