Hoeft Collects MIAC Weekly Award

Senior Nate Hoeft earned his first-ever MIAC Player of the Week honor after hitting .526 in his first five games of the year.
Senior Nate Hoeft earned his first-ever MIAC Player of the Week honor after hitting .526 in his first five games of the year.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (3/11/19)---Senior Nate Hoeft started the season red-hot in the batter's box and his hitting success helped him earn MIAC Player of the Week honors. Hoeft led the Cobbers in hitting over the team's first eight games of the year with a .526 average.

Hoeft earns the conference weekly honor for the first time in his career and he becomes the first Concordia player to receive an award since teammate Austin Ver Steeg was named MIAC Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 13, 2017. The last Cobber position player to be named MIAC Player of the Week was Tim Carlson in 2016.

Hoeft started the season with a 4-hit game as he went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI in the team's 19-2 win over King's College. Hoeft only recorded at-bats in the first five games of the year after he was sidelined with a lower leg injury in the top of the first inning against Cornell.

Hoeft hit safely in all five games he had an at-bat and had three multiple-hit games. Besides his 4-hit opener, Hoeft also collected two hits in the second game vs. King's and then again against Penn St.-Abington.

In addition to his team-leading batting average, Hoeft also leads the Cobbers in on-base percentage with a .625 mark. Hoeft also has a hefty 1.257 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) in his first five games of the year.

Last year Hoeft played in 35 of the team's 36 games and finished with a .246 batting average and a .321 on-base percentage and a .583 OPS.  

Hoeft will be hoping to get back in the lineup when Concordia returns from Florida. The first game for the Cobbers up North will be on Friday, Mar. 22 when CC plays Concordia-Chicago at Wheaton (Ill.) College.