1978 Concordia Baseball
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Three major sports too much, Burgau to coach baseball
Donald "Bucky" Burgau, Concordia's athletic department equipment manager, has been named Cobber head baseball coach for the 1978-79 season, replacing 10-year veteran Al Rice.
Athletic director Armin Pipho praised the job Al Rice has done with the baseball team the past several years, but added it is too much to ask a coach to work in three major sports. Rice will continue as assistant coach in football and head coach in hockey.
"We are very fortunate to have a young man of Don's experience and background to handle the baseball team. I am confident our program will continue to develop under his leadership," said Dr. Pipho.
The 28-year-old Burgau is a Perham High School and North Dakota State University graduate. He served as head baseball coach at NDSU four years prior to joining the Concordia staff.
Burgau has been baseball coach of the Moorhead American Legion Melvin E. Hean Post 21 team for the past five years. He is married to Penny Gulsvig Burgau ('75), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Gulsvig. The Burgaus have a daughter, Jennifer, 7 months.
Baseball Spring 78
Concordia's baseball team finished in sixth place to tie with Augsburg College at 8-10 in the final Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) standing. Overall, the Cobbers completed an 11-14 won-lost season.
Coach Al Rice attributed the success to "outstanding pitching." The Cobbers relied on the pitching arms of Steve Atchison, returning junior from Moorhead, and Greg Hruby ('78) from Porter, Minn.
The Cobbers failed to accumulate a good overall batting average, the one weakness in an otherwise well-played season. Relying heavily on its pitching strengths, Concordia held opponents to mostly one- and two-run victories. Some clutch hitting would have made the difference, according to Rice.
Power-hitter Randy Hansen ('78) from Brainerd, Minn., led the Cobber batsmen, smashing several runs for winners.
The Concordia nine swept a twin bill from league-power St. John's University as well as against Hamline University, to highlight the season. One of the fiercest battles on the ball field this season was a non-conference game against Moorhead State University. Concordia managed to slip by the Dragons 8-7 after fighting back from a six-run deficit.
Because of inclement weather, Cobbers missed early practice and canceled the first three scheduled games. Although they did play 25 games, coach Rice said, "Because we had such little preparation and so many cold weather problems, I was pleased with the team's performances."
Gustavus Adolphus College was the 1978 MIAC champion.
1978 MIAC Race
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