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.”
4.17.11 | Softball
Wildcats split with Evangel on Senior Day
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University seniors will have something to hang their hat on, knowing the program as a whole is on the rise. Saturday afternoon the Wildcats split a doubleheader with Evangel University on Senior Day.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard early in game one, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats held Evangel to just one run in five innings, but a big seventh inning sunk Baker in game one. The Crusaders managed to score three insurance runs, two of which occurred via errors committed by the Wildcats.
4.18.11 | Baseball
Wildcats split season series with MidAmerica Nazarene
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After splitting this past weekend with the Pioneers, Baker (17-20, 10-14 HAAC) managed to do the same on Monday evening on the campus of Baker University.
Nathan Wheelock went the distance in game one pitching a complete game giving up just two earned runs on six hits to lead the Wildcats to a 6-3 victory.
The turning point in the game came in the sixth inning when Matt Abel got the action started with a single up the middle. Joey Orozco kept the momentum rolling with a single off the third base bag into left field and Jared Herbert drove in the game winning runs on a double to deep left-center field. Herbert finished the game going 2-for-2 with three RBI’s.
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.