MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/18/21)----Andy Gravdahl, Matt Gruber and Ty Syverson all earned MIAC postseason honors as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Gravdahl earned MIAC All-Defensive Team honors while Gruber and Syverson were chosen for the MIAC All-Conference Team. Senior Jack Naugle was selected by Concordia as the team's representative on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Syverson earns the second MIAC All-Conference award of his career. He was also named to the team as a sophomore in 2019. Gravdahl picks up his second conference postseason honor. He was named the MIAC Rookie of the Year in 2019.
The group of postseason award winners helped the Cobbers finish the MIAC season with a 9-12 record which earned the No.7 seed in the conference Round of 12. Concordia then swept St. Olaf 2-0 to advance to the MIAC playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Gravdahl was the top center fielder in the league. His speed and quick first step helped track down many fly balls from gap to gap. He finished the Cobbers' 21 MIAC games by not committing an error in 70 chances. He had 67 putouts and three assists.
Gruber led the team in hitting in conference play. He played in all 21 league games and finished with a .390 average which was seventh best in the MIAC. Gruber's 32 hits were third most in the league and his on-base percentage of .444 and slugging percentage of .488 were also in the Top 15 of the conference.
Gruber also led the team in doubles (8) and runs scored (15) in league games.
Gruber had at least one hit in 17 of the team's 21 MIAC games and had nine multiple-hit games. His top performance came in the league opener when he went 5-for-6 with at Hamline. Gruber also had a 4-hit game vs. Bethel.
Syverson was the Cobbers' No.1 starting pitcher all season long. He fashioned a 3.20 earned run average and was 3-2 against MIAC opponents. He struck out 38 hitters in 36.0 innings pitched. His 38Ks were tied for fourth most in the league and his 36.0 innings pitched were 10th most in the conference.
Syverson made seven appearances and five starts in conference play. He went 6.0 innings in five of his seven appearances and had at least five strikeouts in four games. His top outing came against Augsburg when he took over in the second inning, pitched the final 8.0 frames, didn't allow a run and struck out 14.
Concordia's season continues when they play at St. Mary's in the MIAC Playoff Play-In game on Wednesday, May 19 at 1 p.m. The winner of the 9-inning game will advance to the double-elimination semifinals which will be held at St. John's on May 20-22.
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Past MIAC Award Winners
2019 - Cole Christensen, Ty Syverson, Austin Ver Steeg
2018 - Austin Ver Steeg
2017 - Nate Hoeft, Cody Rahman
2016 - Tim Carlson, Alex Sandahl
2015 - Nick Bornhauser, Eric Carlsen, Bryce Feia, Aaron Green, Devin Johnson
2014 - Jordan Gefroh
2013 - Devin Johnson, Jackson Meland, Michael Olson
2012 - Michael Olson, Braden Rahman
2011 - Michael Carlson
2010 - Adam Johnson, Jake Krause, Dan Wackler
2009 - Kyle Johnson, Scott Schumacher
2008 - Adam Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Scott Schumacher
2007 - Kyle Johnson, Brian Knoblauch
2006 - Billy DeNet, Brian Schumacher, Blake Trenbeath
2005 - Bryant Bergeson, Billy DeNet, Nick Esala, Bryan Romsa, Brian Scumacher
2004 - Ryan Hebrink, Jeremy Hinderks, Luther Kangas
2003 - Derek Dormanen, Ryan Hebrink, Jeremy Hinderks
2002 - Derek Dormanen, Chad Felstul
2001 - Derek Dormanen, Chad Felstul, Jesse Rostad
2000 - Clayton Horgen
1999 - David Feir, Clayton Horgen
1998 - David Feir, Dan Geizler
1997 - Scott DeBrito, Noah Johnson
1996 - Joe Cuchna, Jeremy Holm, Stuart Lang, Randy Razidlo, Jeff Spanier
1995 - Chris Coste, Scott DeBrito, Jeremy Holm, Jeremy Kovash, Ron Litzau, Greg Salvevold
1994 - Clark Christiansen, Chris Coste
1993 - Chris Coste, Chris Marsden, Gary Ullrich
1992 - Dan Holgate, Brad Keenan, Chris Marsden, Jeff Morken
1991 - Wade Beavers, Jeff Morken
1990 - Mike Klindt
1989 - Terry Horan, Doug Toivonen
1988 - Scott Oeffling
1987 - Colin Kerslake
1986 - Eric Jacobson, Doug Kovash, John Riewer, Greg Toivonen
1985 - Tim Anderson, Ray Brekke, Kent Kuball, Joel Smith, Greg Toivonen
1984 - Howard Berglund, Kent Kuball, Mark Nelson
1983 - Stephen Anderson, Brent Helmeke, Mark Nelson
1982 - Dan Olson
1981 - Howard Berglund, Mark Redemske
1980 - Bryon Novotny, Tom Simon, Bob Wentzel
1979 - Steve Atchison
1977 - Kris Gulsvig
1970 - Tom Cummings, Kerry Knoff
1969 - Joe Langemo
1968 - Joe Langemo, Tim Braaten
MIAC All-Defensive Team
2019 - Grant Toivonen
2015 - Phil Kuball
2013 - Brian Guler
2012 - Brian Guler, Michael Olson
2011 - Dan Wackler, Ben Sand
2010 - Jake Krause, Josh Dahlke
MIAC Rookie of the Year
2019 - Andy Gravdahl