4.8.11 | Spirit Squad
Baker small dance team wins 2011 NAIA NDA National Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While it may be an emerging varsity sport in the NAIA, the Baker University small dance team took one huge step forward on Friday afternoon winning the 2011 NAIA NDA Small Dance National Championship.
The Wildcats finished ahead of HAAC rival Benedictine College and Concordia College (Neb.)
“I am extremely proud of the dancers,” said head dance coach Lynsey Payne. “We have worked really hard all year and it has paid off greatly. This is a huge step for our program and the NAIA in moving towards varsity sport status.”
4.11.11 | Softball
Wildcats split with Lindenwood; keep HAAC title hopes alive
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – At the beginning of the season, Baker softball head coach Matt Windle never envisioned his team contending for a HAAC title in just his second season at the helm.
The Wildcats (22-14, 9-3 HAAC) currently sit in a tie for third-place in the HAAC standings after splitting with conference leader Lindenwood (18-16, 5-1 HAAC) this past weekend. View the game one box score here | View the game two box score here
Brooke Allen continues to lead the squad offensively with a .400 batting average and 42 hits on the season from the leadoff spot. Freshman Erin Greenwood has been the Wildcats’ main run producer with 21 RBI’s.
4.11.11 | Track and Field
Wildcats take third and fourth at CMU Invitational
FAYETTE, Mo. - The Baker track and field teams continued their tear through the outdoor season with another great team performance at the Central Methodist Invitational. The men’s team finished third overall and the women’s team finished fourth.
Four Wildcats came away with first-place finishes. Jason Robbs won the men’s hammer throw with a throw of 57.79 meters. Taylor Nall took gold in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:57.56. Aubree Gustin won the women’s javelin with a mark of 43 meters for her third consecutive victory. Katie Thurbon took first in the women’s pole vault with 3.5 meters.
4.11.11 | Women's Basketball
Baker University women’s basketball head coach Susan Decker to step down
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University women’s basketball coach Susan Decker announced on Monday that she has resigned her post after 11 seasons leading the Wildcat program.
Decker, a former NAIA All-American at Tabor College from 1989-1992, said she felt that this was the right time to transition to a new professional challenge and turn the program over to new leadership. Decker will expand her current part-time teaching role to become a full-time faculty member at the Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2011.
“I am really excited for the opportunity that Baker has provided for me to move in a new direction with my teaching career,” Decker said. “Baker basketball will continue to hold a special place in my heart and I will always be grateful for the opportunity that was given to me by Dan Harris and Baker University 11 years ago to become the women's basketball coach. I want to send a special thank you to all the administration, faculty, staff, current and former players of Baker. This has been a tremendous experience in my life and one I will never forget.”
4.12.11 | Baseball
Wildcats walk-off twice against Benedictine
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The weather wasn’t snowing this time around, as the Baker Wildcats defeated Benedictine College in a doubleheader that was originally scheduled to be played on March 27th.
Matt Abel got the rally started in the bottom of the eighth inning with a lead-off single and Bryan Kindle followed with a single to right, moving Abel over to third. Brandon Truitt came through yet again with a single to tie the game at 8-8. Jared Herbet was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Chase Dengel’s sacrifice fly to right-center sealed the game for Kindle to score from third.
4.12.11 | Softball
Baker sweeps Culver-Stockton College; tied for HAAC lead
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University softball team didn’t skip a beat on Tuesday evening as they went on to defeat Culver-Stockton College in a doubleheader.
Game one saw the Wildcats get off to a slow start. Baker failed to plate any runs until the bottom of the fourth inning when Erin Greenwood scored on a single by Katie Worley.
Baker sealed the game in bottom of the sixth when Katie Worley got the inning started with a single to deep center field. Heather Gruber singled through the hole at shortstop and Katie Worley advanced to second. Annie Hannon got on base thanks to a drop third strike, consequently moving all the runners to load the bases. Gilges trailed in the count 1-2, but managed to turn on a ball, blasting a grand slam over the left field wall to give the Wildcats a 5-0 advantage from which they never looked back.
4.14.11 | Softball
Wildcats split with Graceland University
LAMONI, Iowa – Maggie Holmberg pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning of game one, but Graceland University managed to mount a two-run rally to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
The Yellow jackets (9-25, 3-11 HAAC) stunned Baker (25-15, 12-4 HAAC) in the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off 3-2 victory.
Brooke Allen led the Wildcats offense going 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. Erin Greenwood also recorded an RBI going 1-for-5.
4.14.11 | Recruiting
Football and basketball standout Nick Wilson signs with Baker
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Nick Wilson, a 6’7 forward and place kicker from Paola High School has signed a national letter of intent to play next season at Baker University.
Wilson, a Paola, Kansas native was a first team all-frontier league performer in basketball and football this past season. Wilson averaged 16.1 points and 7 rebounds in his senior season for basketball and went 55-for-57 on PAT’s and 8-for-9 on field goals during the football season.
“Nick is a very mobile and skilled big man,” said head basketball coach Brett Ballard. “He has the ability to play both inside and out and I really like the skill set he brings to the court. He played for a great high school coach and understands the game. I believe he is going to be a great player for us over the next four years.”