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.”
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.”