11.7.09 | Wrestling
Baker takes down York in their first ever competition
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University was founded 152 years ago. Tonight, the Baker wrestling team made history, defeating York College (Neb.) in their first dual-meet competition.
Brandon Gebhardt from Las Vegas, Nev., sealed the dual in the 197-pound match when he took down Shuan Howard to give Baker the 30-15 advantage from which they never looked back.
Freshman Joe Pace from Platte City, Mo., was the first Baker wrestler to win a match, when he pinned Jamel Wheatley to give Baker the 21-15 advantage in the 174-pound match.
Freshman Jacob Nowak responded in the 184-pound match immediately after defeating Bryan Irsik, a junior from Garden City, Kan., by a score of 7-3.
11.9.09 | Men's Soccer
HAAC title quest begins tonight for men's soccer
Baldwin City, Kan. — The No. 17 Baker men's soccer team will begin their quest for back-to-back HAAC Championships tonight when they take on Lindenwood University (7-9-2, 5-3-1) at 7 p.m. at Liston Stadium.
The Wildcats hold a 11-2-5 overall record and 4-1-4 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
11.9.09 | Football
Baker football receives Top 25 ranking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker football team jumped back into the national rankings on Monday at No. 24 nationally. The Wildcats received 51 votes in the poll. Central Methodist University, Baker’s opponent this weekend is received three votes in the poll.
Other HAAC teams in the poll include No. 12 Missouri Valley College, No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene, and No. 3 Lindenwood University.
11.9.09 | Men's Soccer
Lindenwood shocks No. 17 Baker
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The weather was just as miserable as the outcome on Monday evening at Liston Stadium. After 33 scoreless minutes of play and a nearly two-hour delay because of lightning, the game resumed.
The score remained tied heading into the shortened halftime. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Lindenwood delivered what would be the game-winning goal on a free kick from Robin Rundstrom.
Baker had some chances. Kome Okiomah set up two crosses that the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on late in the second half.
Baker is now in the hands of the NAIA voting next week when the national playoff selections are announced.
With the win, Lindenwood improved its overall season record to 8-9-2 heading into Wednesday's showdown with No. 1 seed Benedictine College. View box score here.
11.10.09 | Basketball
Basketball double header tonight in Collins Center
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University’s men’s and women's basketball teams will be in action tonight when they host Friends University at the Collins Center. Tipoff for the women’s game is 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m
The Lady ’Cats (0-2) opened the season with losses to Northwestern Oklahoma State and No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist University at the Baker Classic. Baker is led by junior Aubree Gustin and junior transfer Brittany Hines, who both average 8 points a game
Friends (1-2) is led by Jessica Halsig, who averages 21 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the field.
11.10.09 | Women's Basketball
Wildcats rally for 60-55 victory
Baldwin City, Kan. — Down by 11 at halftime, Baker University rallied for a 60-55 women’s basketball victory over Friends on Tuesday night at the Collins Center.
The Wildcats (1-2) outscored the Falcons 40-24 in the second half. Junior Emily Gibson (pictured), a transfer from Washburn, scored a team-high 17 points and snagged 12 rebounds to lead Baker to its first win of the season.
Junior Aubree Gustin chipped in 10 points for the Wildcats. Junior Jenna Brantley dished a team-high 10 assists.
The Wildcats will play two games this weekend at the Baker Classic at the Collins Center. Baker will host Park University at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Ottawa at 3 p.m. Saturday.
11.11.09 | Volleyball
HAAC semifinal action tonight, winner advances to title game
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University's women's volleyball team will play for a spot in the HAAC title game when they face Evangel University in the HAAC semifinals at 7 p.m.
The Lady 'Cats (32-3) defeated MidAmerica Nazarene last Saturday 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 26-24). Offensively, the 'Cats are led by junior Brooke Pryor, who averages 4.2 kills per set, which ranks No. 9 in the NAIA and No. 1 in the HAAC.
Defensively, Brooke Allen is in a league of her own. Allen ranks No. 2 in the NAIA with 6.9 digs per set and 865 total digs. Both Allen and Pryor combined have compiled nine HAAC Player of the Week awards this season.
Dream season ends, Baker falls 3-0 to Evangel
Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009
Heart of America Athletic Conference | Semifinals
George F. Collins Center
Baldwin City, Kan.
Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Baker 21 18 11
32-3 (10-1 HAAC)
Evangel 25 25 25
26-8 (7-3 HAAC)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – You could see it from the start, Evangel came ready to play. The Crusaders jumped out to early leads in each of the three sets, ultimately putting the Wildcats in a hole they couldn’t recover from.
In a game where the first 100 students had their fee covered, only 72 showed up for the Wildcats biggest game of the season.
Baker now awaits its national postseason fate. The Wildcats finished the season 32-4 and 10-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.