Wildcats conclude HAAC schedule, look forward to playoffs
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In just his second season as head coach, Matt Windle has taken the Baker softball program to new heights.
The Wildcats (26-18 overall, 13-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) finished the season in fourth place in the HAAC standings, a major change from a year ago when Baker compiled an 18-31 record and 7-13 mark to finish eighth in the conference.
“I think our hopes were to play our way into the top five in the conference, but we got to a point where we had the potential to win the conference,” Windle said. “We put ourselves in a position to do much better things than we intended.”
4.21.11 | Football
Wildcats ranked No. 23 in 2011 NAIA Football Coaches‘ Spring Top 25 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second consecutive season, the Baker Wildcat football team will enter the season ranked among the top 25 programs in the country. Baker enters 2011 at No. 23, tied with Benedictine College.
HAAC foes MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley College enter the season ranked No. 3 and No. 11 respectively. Local rival Ottawa University is ranked No. 10.
“Any time you get recognized nationally as a program, it’s a credit to how the kids finished the job the previous season,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “We are excited about the upcoming season and the chance to play four teams ranked in the top 25. Hopefully our guys embrace the opportunity that lies ahead.”
4.21.11 | Softball
Wildcats sweep Lady Blues in playoff tune-up
TOPEKA, Kan. – It was a homecoming game for Topeka natives Brooke Allen, Maggie Holmberg and Erin Greenwood. The trio didn’t disappoint.
Erin Greenwood pitched a complete game shutout while giving up just six hits in game one. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run.
Brooke Allen got the Wildcats on the scoreboard first in the third inning blasting a two-run home run off Washburn (12-24) pitcher Danielle Fox to give the Wildcats (28-18) the lead for good.
Baker recorded a total of four hits in the 3-0 victory while playing errorless ball defensively.
Game two saw Maggie Holmberg grab the spotlight as she pitched a complete game one-hitter to lead the Wildcats to a double-header sweep.
4.23.11 | Softball
Baker softball team sets school record
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – All they needed was one more victory in the regular season to surpass the all-time school record for wins in a season of 28. The Wildcats (30-18, 13-7 HAAC) did just that on Friday afternoon against non-conference foe Bellevue University (Neb.).
Renata Dill led the Wildcats in game one going 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Maggie Holmberg (12-4) was stellar yet again on the rubber pitching a complete game, giving up just one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts in the 3-1 victory.
Bellevue’s only run came in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Allie Bartley.
4.25.11 | Track and Field
Rosa and Gustin named HAAC Athletes of the Week
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Freshman Megan Rosa (Olathe, Kan.) and senior Aubree Gustin (Topeka, Kan.) have been named Heart of America Athletic Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Rosa, the HAAC Track Athlete of the Week, finished in 10th place in the 10,000-meter run at the Kansas Relays this past weekend with a 38:31.86 time. Her mark moved her into first place all time in the Baker record books.
Gustin was named HAAC Field Athlete of the Week after placing fifth in the women’s javelin. Gustin’s mark of 44.74 meters moved her into first place all time at Baker.
4.27.11 | Softball
Wildcats split with Kansas Wesleyan in regular season finale
SALINA, Kan. – The Baker softball team closed out its regular season on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader split against Kansas Wesleyan.
Baker (31-19) got on the scoreboard first in game one thanks to a Renata Dill solo home run in the first inning. The Coyotes tied the game in the bottom of the second, but Baker slowly pulled away inning by inning. Katie Worley added a solo home run in the sixth inning as the Wildcats went on to win 5-1.
Erin Greenwood (8-9) went the distance on the rubber giving up just one earned run on four hits in the victory.
4.27.11 | Women's Golf
Southwestern College leads Baker Invitational after blustery first round
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Courtney Huppert of Southwestern College was the only player to record a score in the 80’s. Huppert currently leads the field by six strokes after recording an 84 on a windy and cold day at Alvamar Golf Club.
Stacy Yowell of Baker finished the day with a score of 90 and Chelsey Williamson of William Jewell College fired a 93 to round out the top three.
4.27.11 | Golf
Bethany holds a one shot lead over Evangel after 36 holes
The Baker men’s team sits in seventh place with a two-round total of 683
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 18 hole splits were night and day on Wednesday afternoon at Alvamar Golf Club. Clubhouse leader Bethany College finished the day at 665 after shooting 20 strokes lower in the afternoon rounds. Evangel University sits at 666 and Missouri Baptist University closed out at 667.
Matt Mickelson (Graceland), James Tisdale (Bethany College) and Tim McGinnis (Evangel University) are all tied for first place with a 36-hole total of 158. Baker’s best score of the day came from Michael Wissman, as he fired a 166 (87,79) while Mason Dick followed just one stroke behind at 167 (85,82).