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3.29.12 | Men's Basketball

Baker University head coach Brett Ballard set to join Manning at Tulsa

Ballard Sideline Shot

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard has accepted a coaching position at the University of Tulsa, the BU athletic department announced on Thursday afternoon.

Ballard will join the Hurricane as an assistant coach under legendary KU player and assistant coach Danny Manning.

During his time at Baker, Ballard led the Wildcats to new heights in just two seasons.

4.1.12 | Softball

Baker softball rebounds with sweep of Culver-Stockton

Softball Bounce Back

CANTON, Mo. – A late rally saved the Wildcats in their opening game against Culver-Stockton College on Saturday afternoon. After trailing 1-0 heading into the seventh inning, Baker tied the game up and won the game in the eighth, 2-1.

After a pop out by Brooke Allen to start the inning, Renata Dill cracked a double to set the rally in motion. Kayla Morse laid down a bunt and a wild throw to first base scored Dill.

4.2.12 | Baseball

Baseball splits with Benedictine and looks ahead to Park University

Split with BC

ATCHISON, Kan. – Anytime Benedictine and Baker square off it takes on more meaning in the grand scheme of a teams respective season.

This past weekend wasn’t any different for the Baker baseball team as the Wildcats split their season series with the Ravens. Baker dropped the opener on Saturday, 11-7, but bounced back with a 10-1 victory in the nightcap and 4-3 win in Sunday’s opener. The Ravens closed out Sunday’s doubleheader with a 6-1 victory.

4.2.12 | Track and Field

Baker sets 16 personal records at PSU Wendy’s Invitational

Pitt State Invitational

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Perfect weather helped the Baker University track and field team set 16 personal records this past weekend at the Pittsburg State University Wendy’s Inviational.

Katie Thurbon and Stephanie Nelson led the way on the women’s side with second place finishes in their respective events of pole vault and javelin.

Nelson’s mark of 42.27 meters eclipsed the national “A” standard of 41.00 meters. Hannah Moore also highlighted the Baker women with a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. Katie Thurbon already surpassed the national “A” standard in pole vault earlier this season.

4.3.12 | Baseball

Wildcats split non-conference doubleheader with Park

BU splits with Park

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team split its non-conference doubleheader with Park University on Tuesday afternoon at Sauder Field.

Game one saw the Pirates (16-15) jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but they wouldn’t end up scoring again until the sixth when they opened the game up with a four run inning to grab a 5-0 victory.

4.4.12 | Spirit Squad

Baker dance team set to defend 2011 title in Daytona Beach

Title Defense

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After winning the 2011 NAIA/NDA Small Dance National Crown in last year, the Baker University spirit squad enters the 2012 competition with similar expectations.

Coming off a first place finish in the hip-hop category and second place finish in small dance at the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference Spirit Squad Competition, the team believes it is yet again primed to make a run at the 2012 NAIA/NDA National Championships.

“I think these girls expect to go down there and compete for the title,” said Baker dance coach Lynsey Payne.

4.5.12 | Softball

BU softball sweeps No. 18 EvangelErin Greenwood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Baker University softball team broke through with its biggest victory of the season on Thursday night.  Baker knocked off No. 18 Evangel University, 8-0 and 5-2 in a key HAAC doubleheader.

Game one saw the Wildcats jump out to an early 6-0 lead over the first two innings.

Erin Greenwood led the BU offense in the opener going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI’s.  Renata Dill finished 3-for-3 with two RBI’s and Alyse Menghini went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.

4.9.12 | Baseball

Baker baseball sweeps Culver-Stockton

Baseball Sweeps

CANTON, Mo. – Chris Cummins wasted no time on Saturday afternoon, picking up his team-leading seventh victory of the season in a 1-0 shutout victory over Culver-Stockton College.

Baker got on the scoreboard early when Steven Stewart led the game off with a triple down the right field line. Joey Orozco’s hard hit grounder to second base scored Stewart and Baker didn’t need to score again thanks to a stellar effort by Cummins.

“Our guys just have a certain comfort level when he’s out there,” said Baker head coach Phil Hannon. “Winning 1-0 on the road is pretty impressive.”

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