Stick A Fork in Golden Bears – Schmidt is Done

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Concordia University of St. Paul just announced that their star Pitcher/Outfielder, Jake Schmidt, will miss the rest of the 2009 season with a broken wrist.

The senior from Oakdale, MN was their #1 pitcher & leadoff hitter and his loss will make the Golden Bears attempt to make up 2 games in the standings in order to make the Northern Sun Tournament almost impossible.

The impact of Schmidt on the Concordia line-up was present in many ways.  As a pitcher he earned many honors and set numerous Concordia records –

Schmidt has earned NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors and NSIC Player of the Week honors once each in his 2009 season. He is a five time CU Athlete of the Week as well. He was a Preseason All-American and a returning All-NSIC First Team performer and last year’s NSIC Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher.

Schmidt’s season comes to a close, but his name will be etched in CU’s record book for years to come. He will leave Concordia as the career strikeout leader with 273 and is tied for the career wins record (23-8). He made 37 career starts, tied for the school record and 51 appearances, tied for second all-time. He threw 233.2 career innings, second most in school history.

His junior and senior seasons were the most impressive as he went 14-4 in 21 starts with 203 strikeouts in 142.1 innings while also posting three saves in seven relief appearances. His six saves rank second all-time.

As a batter he also excelled in leading the Golden Bears offense –

As a hitter, Schmidt has clubbed eight of his 10 home runs on the season in NSIC games and hit .365 as a senior. In 350 career at bats, Schmidt is a career .334 hitter with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He improved his batting average every year, going from .284 as a sophomore to .316 as a junior with another 50 point bump to his senior season. His home runs and RBI increased each year as well.

Schmidt’s injury is just the latest in a long string of players going down as the teams starting #2 pitcher, Blake DeVries, was lost for the season after only 3 starts.  Starting shortstop, Bryan Lippincott, hasn’t returned to the lineup since about midway through the NSIC schedule and starting 2nd baseman, Chase Brown, left the team mid-season.

Golden Bears Lose Schmidt For Season

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3 Responses to “Stick A Fork in Golden Bears – Schmidt is Done”


  1. 1 Augie23 April 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Being a parent who’s kid is recovering from hand surgery and a hamstring, this is something I hate to see. Good luck to him on his recovery and what ever the future holds. A tough season for CU for sure.

  2. 2 WSCDad April 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    My son had much the same injury in the first game of summer ball last year. He was scheduled to make visits to a number of schools (JUCO transfer) and work out for the coaches and couldn’t as he was in a cast.

    He healed in time to work out for the staff at Wayne and the good news is, he ended up at Wayne and hasn’t looked back. He could not have wished for a better place to play ball and go to school. Things have changed for him in a big way, in all aspects of his life – in part due to that injury. Had he not been hurt and could he have worked out for some other schools there is a good chance he may have stayed closer to home.

    So just one more case of “everything happens for a reason.” Good luck to Jake and congratulations on an outstanding career.

  3. 3 Old Man River April 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    This brings up a sore subject with me as I remember when my son broke his hand driving into a snowbank in the 6th grade and had to sit out all of his traveling team games that summer, what a blow that was for me. The last thing I thought was that something good would come out of this…..but it did. We stared practicing throwing left handed while his right hand was in a cast, and he became so good at it that when he got the cast off he stuck with it and is now completely ambidextrous. I have never been so proud to watch my son pitch at such a prestigious college in Norther Minnesota. So Jake there always is an option, don’t give up so soon!


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