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ISSUE 117 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/14/2004

Ole spring sports recap

By Joel Stjernholm
Sports Editor

Friday, May 14, 2004

Baseball After finishing fourth in the MIAC with a record of 13-7 (19-15 overall), the Oles are currently making a run for the conference championship.

The team will rely upon an outstanding group of senior players, including Brad Baglien and Charlie Rudd, to lead its playoff efforts. Baglien has been the Oles most consistent offensive producer, batting .405 in the regular season and leading the team in virtually every offensive category. A four-year starter, Rudd finished the regular season with a 2.52 ERA, limiting his opponents to a mere .239 batting average.

Mens Tennis Improving their standing in MIAC rankings by two slots, the St. Olaf mens tennis team made an impressive run in the conference tournament to capture fifth place. Led by Dan Cohen 04 and brothers Ted and Tom Nagel 04, this young and competitive team improved noticeably over the course of the season.

Although the team will lose its top three players to graduation, a strong recruiting class should help next years team to pick up where they left off this season.

Fastpitch After struggling through a series of difficult early-season loses, the St. Olaf fastpitch team recovered to win seven games on its way to a 7-26 overall record.

While the team was 1-10 against non-conference competition, a 6-16 conference record helped them place ninth in the MIAC. The sophomore-laden team will look to improve considerably next season.

Womens Tennis Womens tennis battled its way to a sixth place conference finish, posting a record of 5-5 (7-8 overall). Despite talented conference competition, including international powerhouse Gustavus and annual contenders St. Catherine and Carleton, the team managed to work its way to the middle of the gifted MIAC pack.

Known for their devotion to the sport and for their work ethic, the team will undoubtedly challenge MIAC opponents again during the 2005 spring season.

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