Athletics Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:15:24 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker Women Earn First, Men Take Second at BU Spring Invite Baker Women Earn First, Men Take Second at BU Spring Invite

SPRING HILL, Kan. – The Baker University men’s & women’s golf teams ended its regular season on Wednesday, as they hosted the Baker Spring Invitational at beautiful Sycamore Ridge Golf Course.

The women’s team took home first place, while the men’s squad finished in second. Senior Lindsey Mateer ended her illustrious regular season career with a first-place finish in her hometown of Spring Hill, Kansas with a 158 two-day score, 14 shots better than the next golfer.

Samantha Mitchell also finished as a medalist with her third-place finish. Six Wildcats finished in the Top 10, including Kaci Dillingham (6th), Bailey Gibson (7th), Bailey Rockers (9th) and Emily Pennington (10th).

The men’s team finished in second-place behind Evangel. The Wildcats finished 11 shots behind EU.

Alec Wuellner had a strong tournament with a 76 first round score and 77 second round score, to take third, while teammate Grant Grego finished fourth with a 77 and 77.

Also finishing in the Top 10 for Baker was Kyle Barbee who T-9 with a 77 and 84.

Both men’s and women’s teams will next compete at the Heart Championships. The women will compete on May 1-3 at Table Creek Golf Course in Nebraska City, Nebraska, while the men will take on the Heart championship on May 8-10 at Swope Park Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo.

Women's Individual Results

Men's Individual Results

Women's Team Results

Men's Team Results


]]> (Tyler Price) W Golf Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:36:10 -0500
Atwood, Crank and Middleton named NWCA NAIA All-Academic Award Winners Colby Crank ends his illustrious career at Baker as a 2016 NWCA NAIA All-Academic team member

MANHEIM, Pa. – Three members of the No. 6 ranked Baker University wrestling team were named 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NAIA All-Academic team award winners for their efforts away from the wrestling mat.

The three Wildcats to earn the award include Kyler Atwood, Colby Crank and Connor Middleton.

To be nominated for consideration for the All-Academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.25 grade-point average and be a 2016 NAIA national championship qualifier or have a 3.0 GPA and earned All-American honors at the 2016 championships in Topeka.

In all, 24 All-Americans comprised the 2015-16 NAIA All-Academic team. Twenty-two different schools had at least one representative on the individual team with 17 of those having multiple All-Academic honorees.

All three Wildcats competed in Topeka, Kansas at the 2016 NAIA Wrestling national championships. Atwood qualified in the 197-pound weight class, while Middleton finished as an All-American taking home fifth-place in the 165-pound class.

Crank became Baker’s third wrestling NAIA national champion, by winning the 157-pound national title. He joined Bryce Shoemaker who won the 133-pound championship in 2014 and Victor Hughes who won the 149-pound title in 2016.

To view the entire list of NWCA NAIA All-Academic team winners, please click here.


]]> (Tyler Price) M Wrestling Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:56:13 -0500
Baker Track Competes at Kansas Relays and Tabor Relays Baker Track Competes at Kansas Relays and Tabor Relays

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University track & field team continued its outdoor season over the weekend, as they competed at the historic Kansas Relays and Tabor Relays.

The men’s 4x400m relay team consisting of Birdsong Warren, DayShawn Berndt, Tyler Randall and Jesse Mathews broke the school record at the Kansas Relays with a time of 3:14.31 and took sixth in the final heat.

CJ Hess took ninth in the men’s javelin with a personal best throw of 54.82m, and Mathews shined in the men’s 400m hurdle race in a time of 54.75.

At the Tabor Relays, Gloria Mares won the women’s 200m race in a time of 26:40 and hit the A Standard qualifying for the NAIA Outdoor track & field national championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Corey Matteson also took first place in the men’s 3,000m Steeplechase.

Baker will next compete on Saturday, Apr. 30 at 10 am in the Zach Kindler Wildcat Open inside Liston Stadium.




]]> (Tyler Price) M Track & Field Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:18:01 -0500
Baker Splits Home Series with Evangel, Qualifies for Heart Tournament Baker head baseball coach Ryan Goodwin helped lead Baker to its second conference tournament appearance in three years in his first year with the program

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team split its home four-game series with Evangel University over the weekend, as they took the first two games by scores of 6-5 and 15-2 and fell on Saturday, 3-2 and 7-3.

The Wildcats improved to 21-25 overall and 15-13 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, while Evangel fell to 15-34 and 7-21 in the Heart.

For just the second time since 1999, Baker has qualified for the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament and first since 2014.

The Wildcats will compete May 6-10 in Joplin, Missouri at the 2016 Heart Conference Tournament in search of its first Heart title since 1993 for the baseball program.

In game one, Seth Jones threw 4.1 innings and was relieved by Kekai Rivera-Albeso, who threw 2.2 innings of scoreless action and allowed just one hit, eventually receiving the win.

The Wildcats trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the 7th inning and scored three-straight runs to earn the walk off. Baker won on a Wes Summers single that scored Jamaal Rashad.

Cody Gregory led Baker in the first game, with a 3-for-3 day at the DH spot, while Charlie Coleman, Travis Johnson and Summers each had two hits.

In game two, Baker’s offense exploded for four runs in the first, second and third innings and three in the fifth.

Baker had 14 hits in the victory and 10 different players recorded a hit. Gabe Greenbaum and Max Taulbee had extra base hits for Baker, as Greenbaum hit a triple and Taulbee added a double.

Cort Brennan knocked in four RBI’s and Justin Bye received the win after throwing five innings.

In game three, Caleb Lee threw all seven innings and ended with a loss. He struck out three batters and allowed only one earned run.

Baker had seven hits offensively with three coming from Austin Bass.

In the series finale, Baker tagged the Evangel staff for four hits and Lake Johnson earned the loss.






]]> (Tyler Price) M Baseball Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:45:51 -0500
From the Orange: Track coach finds career at his alma mater This story was featured in the Baker Orange and was written by Nathalia Barr

Baker University coaches were all players at one time, but only a few can say they once played here and came back for their professional career at their alma mater. Head track and field coach Ryan Pitts is one of those few BU coaches, but coming back was never in his plans.

“As far as coming back and starting my career here, that never crossed my mind,” Pitts said.

Pitts, a California native, has a story of many twists and turns, but now he says everything seems to be falling into place.

After attending junior college, Pitts was set on playing football for a Division II school. When he attended a junior college combine, Pitts met Baker’s offensive coordinator and was convinced to set up a campus visit.

“I wanted to be somewhere where I would be effective and make a difference in the program,” Pitts said.

The Baker football coaching staff knew he would make a difference here, and recruited Pitts to come be a Wildcat and even introduced him to the track and field coach. Baldwin City was far different than what he was accustomed to. However, an offer to play football and run track was one that Pitts could not turn down.

As a Baker Wildcat, Pitts was an NAIA All-American wide receiver in 2005, and in 2006 he qualified for nationals in intermediate and high hurdles. This success, however, did not come quickly for Pitts.

Fall of 2003 was Pitts’ first semester as a Baker Wildcat, but he says it was all kind of going wrong. Being an out-of-state student athlete was a tough adjustment for Pitts, and after one semester, his grades were poor. He recognized that he would take the next semester to work on his academics to get his grades up. Unfortunately for Pitts, because he was a transfer student, he did not get put on academic probation to have a chance to raise his grades. He lost all of his scholarships.

Pitts could not afford school without the help of his scholarships, so he decided to leave. Dan Harris, the athletic director at the time, sat down with him and laid out all of his options.

“What ate at me the most was, was this the legacy I wanted to leave behind at Baker?” Pitts said.

Pitts knew he had been lazy, and he refused to let “that dumb football player stereotype” become his reputation. After a long talk, Pitts and Harris decided he would work for the spring semester, take classes over the summer to get his grades up and appeal to come back to Baker the next year.

When the fall of 2004 came around, Pitts had successfully appealed to come back to Baker. He was getting his second chance.

“It was a sense of self gratitude for myself to make it back in and earn my scholarship back,” Pitts said.

While he was gone, Mike Grossner was hired as the new head football coach. Grossner had seen Pitts on some film, so he was excited to have him back in a Wildcat uniform.

“He was our go-to guy,” Grossner said, “and a real threat in the pass game.”

Pitts ended his football and track careers with much success and graduated with a degree in history, minoring in physical education. After graduation, Pitts went back to California to coach track and football at his high school. It was long before even coming to college, though, when Pitts knew he wanted to coach.

“Even just playing football in the street with my friends and in middle school,” Pitts recalled, “I was always the one calling plays.”

Pitts remembered in his days of Pop Warner football, he would always analyze his coaches and think about what he would have done if he were the coach.

Pitts coached for several high schools, worked for JetBlue Airlines and maintained a relationship with Grossner after graduating. He even helped in the recruiting process when he saw a standout player that would be a great addition to Baker’s team.

In 2014, Grossner asked Pitts if he wanted to come back, get his masters and be on the coaching staff – another offer he could not turn down. Pitts worked with the wide receivers and also joined the track and field coaching staff, led by the late Zach Kindler.

Soon after Pitts joined the track and field coaching staff, Kindler tragically passed away and the assistant coaches had to keep the program going. When the athletic department started looking for a head track and field coach, Grossner encouraged Pitts to apply.

“My goal was to get him hired somewhere,” Grossner said, “but when that opened up, it fit him perfect, it fit us and it was perfect timing. He just needed a chance.”

That chance was very real for Pitts, and he took the opportunity. Last season both the men and women won the indoor and outdoor Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships. This season, the men have already won the indoor Heart Championship and are hoping to do the same in outdoor. As head coach, Pitts wants to see progression not only in his athletes, but also in himself.

“I have to be my own coach,” Pitts said, “and create my legacy while building on the foundation and success that (Kindler) was able to start with the program.”

]]> (Tyler Price) M Track & Field Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:41:18 -0500
Track Competes at Darrel Gourley Open Track Competes at Darrel Gourley Open

LIBERTY, Mo. – The Baker University track & field team continued its outdoor season over the weekend at the Darrel Gourley Open, hosted by William Jewell.

DayShawn Berndt continued to impress in his final season, the senior placed third in the 200m dash and was the anchor on the national qualifying 4x400m relay team along with Tyler Randall, Jess Mathews and Birdsong Warren. The team took first-place with a time of 3:16.37.

Josh Peck had another strong showing with his second-place finish in the discus and Cory Peoples took sixth in the men’s shot put.

Freshman Gloria Mares took home fifth-place in the women’s 200m and Alex Garborino-Herman took fourth in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Kendal Holloman finished in the Top 10 in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 3.25m and Greg Henning finished in fifth-place in the men’s long jump with a mark of 6.76m.

Baker will have athletes competing at both the Kansas Relays on Apr. 21-23 and the Tabor Relays on Apr. 23 in Hillsboro, Kansas.



]]> (Tyler Price) W Track & Field Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:48:06 -0500
Baseball Captures Seventh-Straight Heart Win, Sweeps Peru St. Justin Bye and the Wildcats will next take on KU on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team continued its red-hot streak through the Heart of America Athletic Conference, as they swept Peru State in a four-game home series this weekend at Sauder Field, with wins of 7-2, 4-3, 6-5 and 10-3.

Baker is now 19-23 overall and 13-11 in the Heart standings, putting them alone in third-place in the Heart Western Division, while Peru State falls to 15-26 and 10-14 in the Heart Western standings.

The Wildcats have now won seven-straight Heart contests, as they swept William Penn at Sauder Field last Tuesday.

In game one against he Bobcats, senior Seth Jones threw another gem, as he threw a complete game seven innings and allowed just six hits with two earned runs.

Kenny Delaquila and Cort Brennan each knocked in two runs and the ‘Cats scored two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to take home the win.

In game two, Justin Bye went five strong innings for Baker and was relieved by Kekai Rivera-Albeso who threw the sixth inning and Bennett White earned the save after his seventh inning, closing the door on the Bobcats.

Ethan Jacks led the way offensively with his 2-for-3 game, which included a triple and he knocked in three of the four runs.

Game three, featured another one run victory for Baker, as they entered the Top of the 5th inning with a 6-1 lead, but starter Caleb Lee allowed four runs in the fifth inning, to bring the score to 6-5.

Relievers Austin Stendebach and Bennett White kept the game scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings and White earned his second save in two games. Lee came away with the victory.

Travis Johnson went 2-for-3, while catcher Wes Summers was a perfect 3-for-3 from the line with three RBI’s. Brennan had a triple for the ‘Cats.

In the final game, Baker’s offense exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, to put the series sweep in hand.

Neal Boyce, Cody Gregory and Summers all had doubles for Baker and Gregory, Austin Bass, Summers and Boyce all had two hits.

Jordan David threw four innings, while Jack Mays threw three scoreless innings and received the win.

Baker will next take on the University of Kansas for the second time in 2016 on Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 6 p.m. in Lawrence, Kansas.






]]> (Tyler Price) M Baseball Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:06:54 -0500
Culver-Stockton Earns Sweep over the ‘Cats Caitlin Hargrove went 4-for-4 in game two on Saturday

CANTON, Mo. – The Baker University softball team fell at Culver-Stockton on Saturday, by identical scores of 5-4 and 5-4 to move to 6-12 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings.

The ‘Cats are now alone in ninth-place in the conference, while Culver-Stockton improved to 11-7 and in fourth-place in the Heart.

In game one, CSC won on a walk-off in the bottom of the 7th inning, off of Baker starter Olivia Brees.

The freshman threw 6.1 innings in the circle, striking out nine batters, while allowing six hits and four earned runs.

Cassie Burris hit a home run for Culver-Stockton and knocked in a team-high four RBI’s.

Hannah Tolliver, Caitlin Hardgrove, Lizzie Stover, Rachel Wheeler, Cari Vollenweider and Sloane Brady all had hits for Baker.

In game two, Teagan Louthan threw all six innings for Baker. The ‘Cats scored first in the Top of the 2nd with two runs, but Culver-Stockton responded with one run each in the first and second innings, along with two runs in the third and one final run in the fourth.

Hardgrove had a big game for the ‘Cats with a 4-for-4 game with three doubles and one run scored. Ilona Miller and Kelsey Vollenweider each had one double as well.

The Wildcats will next face Avila University on Wednesday, Apr. 20 in Kansas City, Missouri at 2 p.m.




]]> (Tyler Price) W Softball Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:13:42 -0500
Volleyball Program Completes Coaching Staff Melanie Chaussee will join the Wildcat volleyball program next season as the assistant coach

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Newly hired Baker University head volleyball coach Matt Windle has completed his coaching staff of the 2016 season.

Toby Ebel will continue to work with the Wildcats as assistant coach and will lead the junior varsity program as well as assist the varsity program with video, stats and daily game operations.

"Coach Ebel is eager to return to help lead our program,” said Windle. “He has a great relationship with the current team which will make the transition easier. I am happy that he has decided to stay on!”

Coach Windle has hired Melanie Chaussee as his newest assistant coach. The Lawrence, Kansas native played collegiately at NCAA Division II Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C.

She helped lead the Hawks as a player to a 2014 CIAA Northern Division title and CIAA championship. Chaussee earned All-CIAA recognition, Atlantic Regional All-Tournament team honors and collected 334 kills and 61 blocks as a senior.

Chaussee then served as assistant coach and eventual interim head coach for Chowan during the 2015 season. The Hawks went 26-7 overall last season, while she served as the interim head coach.

"I am thrilled that Melanie is able to join our staff,” said Windle. “She was an amazing player when I coached at Free State High School and now she comes in with head coaching experience at the NCAA Division II level. I know she is extremely competitive and I think she will be the perfect compliment to Coach Ebel and I. I am really excited to get to work with this staff!"


]]> (Tyler Price) Women's Volleyball Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:20:03 -0500
Softball Splits Home Series with Missouri Valley Olivia Brees threw a one-hit shutout in game one on Wednesday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After an impressive 8-0 win in five innings over Missouri Valley in game one, the Baker University softball team fell in game two to the Vikings, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon.

With the split, Baker moved to 26-23 overall and 6-10 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play, while Missouri Valley moved to 11-23 and 5-9.

In that first game, Olivia Brees was nearly unhittable, as she allowed just one hit in five innings, while striking out seven batters.

Stephanie Cardona jacked a three-run home run in the first inning and went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s.

Baker had 13 hits in the game, as Caitlin Hardgrove, Cardona, Ilona Miller, Kaitlin Saunders and Sloane Brady all had multi-hit games.

In game two, the Vikings went up early with four runs in the third inning and one in the fourth off of starter Teagan Louthan.

Then in the final inning, Baker made a furious comeback with four runs. Cari Vollenweider nearly tied the game up, as she slammed a single off of the top of the wall to make the score, 5-4. Then Hardgrove grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Sloane Brady had two RBI’s in game two, as did Vollenweider.

Baker will next travel to Canton, Missouri to face Culver-Stockton on Saturday, Apr. 16 at 11 a.m.




]]> (Tyler Price) W Softball Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:21:41 -0500