(Ann Arbor, MI) The Cardinals record breaking season concluded on Monday night as the team lost to Madonna 3-2 and were eliminated from the WHAC Tournament after losing to Davenport the day before. Concordia baseball ended the season with a 42-13 record overall and a mark of 23-8 in the competitive WHAC. The team success can be contributed to many individuals achieving high marks on and off the field. The high level of play led to 12 Cardinals taking home season honors from the WHAC.
1st Team All-Conference
Jacob Maas (JR/Milan, MI) was named to 1st Team All-Conference adding to his careers honors of WHAC Gold Glove and National Gold Glove for his performance in right field the season before. Maas was a big part of the Cardinals success, leading them at the plate in multiple categories including a .356 batting average and a conference leading 13 home runs. Maas was also solid in the outfield (RF) recording a .967 fielding percentage.
2nd Team All-Conference
Omar Prieto (JR/Levittown, Puerto Rico ) earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors as the junior catcher recorded a .370 batting average and a .980 fielding percentage from behind the plate. Prieto averaged just above an RBI a game, recording 48 RBI's on the season.
Marshall Oetting (JR/Concordia, MO) joins Prieto on the All-Conference 2nd Team, earning his first WHAC honors of his career. While Oetting also plays 1st Base, the honors are for his work on the mound appearing in 15 games, leading the Cardinals in wins with 8. Oetting held opposing batters to a .258 AVG and struck out 64. Marshall led the team in innings pitched (IP) with 91.2, recording an ERA of 2.26.
Blake Kuszmaul (SR/Bryan, OH) is the 2nd Cardinal pitcher named to 2nd Team All-Conference. Kuszmaul appeared in 14 games on the mound, recording an impressive 7-1 record. The senior pitcher doubled his strikeout count from the previous season, recording 48 this year.
Austin Atwood (SO/Dearborn, MI) rounds out the 2nd Team All-Conference honors for Concordia. Atwood appeared in 14 games, leading the team with an outstanding 0.95 ERA. His 8 saves puts him 2nd all-time in the school record books for single season saves.
Gold Glove Award
To go along with his 2nd Team All-Conference Honors, sophomore pitcher Austin Atwood has received a Gold Glove Award on the mound. Atwood recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage in his 14 appearances on the mound.
Champions of Character
Sophomore pitcher Jimmy McKane (SO/Saint Johns, MI) was named Concordia's representative to the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference's Champions of Character Team. The NAIA and the WHAC strive to have their coaches and athletes exemplify the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Concordia prides itself on excellence not only on the playing field but in the class room as well. The Cardinals baseball program exemplified this with an overall team term GPA first semester of a 3.29. The WHAC names student athletes that are of junior status with a cumulative GPA of a 3.25 to the All-Academic Team. Concordia student-athletes Gabe Farr (SR/Grand Ledge, MI), Darricle Jones (JR/Eastpointe, MI) Jacob Maas, Micah Oetting (JR/Concordia, MO), Omar Prieto, Kreighton Rahn (JR/Manistee, MI), Tyler Steele (SR/Garden City, MI), and Tyler Wright (SR/Battle Creek, MI)s were named to the team as a result of their efforts in the classroom.