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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Softball finishes opening weekend

2.21.11 | Softball

Coach Windle excited about softball team potential

Erin Ford

FORT WORTH, Texas- The Baker University softball team showed it has the potential to be a dangerous squad this season after facing top competition at the weekend Cowtown Classic.

The Wildcats opened Friday afternoon against Northwood University (Texas). The Wildcats stayed in the game late, trailing 1-0 heading into the sixth inning, but Northwood broke open the game with a four-run sixth to close out the Wildcats. Heather Gruber pitched six innings, while giving up only three earned runs in the 5-0 defeat.

Baker bounced back in the nightcap, defeating Texas Wesleyan University 3-0. Maggie Holmberg pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up only three hits with nine strikeouts.  Baker scored all three runs in the sixth inning thanks to RBIs from Katie Worley, Erin Greenwood and Holmberg.

In the third game on Friday, the Wildcats faced No. 5 Lubbock Christian University (Texas). The Chaps jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but Baker held steady until the sixth inning when Lubbock Christian broke the game open with a four runs. Erin Greenwood pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits.

The Wildcats faced Oklahoma Baptist University twice on Saturday. In the first game, OBU jumped to an early 2-0 lead after scoring twice in the first inning, but the Wildcats battled back in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI single from Brooke Allen. OBU defeated Baker 2-1 in game one and 5-1 in game two.

“We faced some national caliber teams and we were in every single game until the late innings,” Baker coach Matt Windle said. “Our defense and pitching were pretty good for not having a chance to practice outside yet this season.”

The Wildcats also played HAAC competition when they faced Graceland University on Saturday afternoon. Heather Gruber and Brittany Vollenweider homered to spark the Baker offense. The Wildcats’ three-run sixth inning keyed the 4-2 victory.

“Overall this was a great tournament for us this weekend,” Windle said. “What concerned us as a staff was our inability to plate more runs. These are all fixable things and I believe that we are going to be a dangerous team this year.”

Baker will return to action on March 4-5 when it travels to the CBC Meltdown in Conway, Ark.

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