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Eric Peterson, Published December 31 2010

Concordia has 12 baseball games after announcement that Metrodome won't be ready until March

The recent Metrodome collapse is being felt at Concordia.

The Cobbers baseball team was scheduled to play 12 games there in March over three weekends. But, Concordia will have to look elsewhere to fill those games with recent news the Metrodome won’t be available for use until at least the end of March.

“It does put us behind the 8 ball a little bit,” said Cobbers baseball coach Bucky Burgau. “We are trying to go to Plan B here and be a little creative. By the end of next week, I hope I have something a little more concrete.”

Burgau said the team has already replaced four games, scheduling two doubleheaders vs. Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D., on March 19-20. Burgau hopes to find more games either the weekend before or the weekend after the Dakota Wesleyan game vs. teams in Iowa or Illinois.

Another option for the Cobbers would be to play doubleheaders against teams that are currently scheduled to play one game in trying to fill out a 40-game schedule.

Burgau said he hopes he can replace most of those lost Metrodome games in March to keep the schedule balanced and also help his team prep for Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

“We’re very hopeful that we are going to make this a real positive baseball experience for our guys,” said Burgau. “That’s part of going to school, dealing with adversity.”

Burgau said he liked the way preseason set up by playing at the Metrodome because it spread out the 12 games over three separate weekends. If the Cobbers took a trip to the southern states instead to play a large number of games, that would allow for little time to practice between games.

“The goal is to try to get your team into conference play,” Burgau said. “To spread it out over three weekends, that better prepares our team.”

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