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3.21.12 | Baseball

Baker baseball set for showdown with Graceland Saturday

BU Baseball Primer

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team returns to the diamond on Saturday as the Wildcats welcome Graceland University for a neutral site game in Lawrence, Kan., at Free State High School for 1 p.m., doubleheader.

Baker (11-10, 1-1 HAAC) is coming off a split with Central Methodist University in their HAAC opener this past weekend. The Wildcats took a 13-4 victory in game one, before falling 5-4 in game two.

3.21.12 | Men's Basketball

Ben Steinlage named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American

Ben Steinlage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After leading Baker to its first NAIA DI Men’s Basketball National Championship appearance since 1941, Baker’s leading scorer Ben Steinlage with 12.3 points per game was named to the 2012 NAIA DI Men’s Basketball All-America Team.

Steinlage finished with 14 points and five rebounds in Baker’s, 103-88 loss to Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) in the opening round of the national tournament. Steinlage also led the Wildcats will 6.1 rebounds per game and five double-doubles on the season.

3.22.12 | Athletics

Baker represents HAAC in Top 25 of NAIA Winter Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Learfield Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After a successful winter season, Baker University (Kan.) remains the only Heart of America Athletic Conference school to garner a Top 25 ranking in the winter edition of the latest NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings.

Baker currently checks in at No. 18 nationally after closing out the fall season ranked No. 10 nationally. Baker’s rival MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) closed out the fall season ranked No. 20 nationally and currently sits at No. 39 nationally. Missouri Valley College checked in at No. 55 and Central Methodist (Mo.) rounded out the Top 100 at No. 75.

3.26.12 | Athletics

Whirlwind spring weekend for Baker athletic teams

Whirlwind Weekend

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Four Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards, the Baker Relays, and the baseball and softball squads closed a successful weekend for the Wildcats’ spring sports teams.

Maggie Holmberg highlighted the Baker softball team, leading the Wildcats to a marquee, 4-0 victory over William Woods University. The Topeka, Kan., native tossed a three-hit shutout, while walking just one batter and tallying 10 strikeouts. She lowered her ERA to 2.90 while collecting her second shutout of the season.

3.28.12 | Baseball

Cummins and Wheelock dominate in BU sweep over Missouri Valley

BU Sweeps Mo. Valley

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Senior Chris Cummins (5-1) dominated yet again throwing a complete game four-hit shutout on Wednesday afternoon against Missouri Valley College.

Baker scored seven runs in the second inning after the Vikings committed four errors and then rallied again in the fourth and fifth innings to score three runs in each.

3.28.12 | Softball

Wildcats drop two extra inning heartbreakers to Graceland

Erin Greenwood

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – It took 19 innings of softball for Baker to finally close out its Wednesday doubleheader against Graceland University. Baker dropped game one 3-2 in 11 innings, and followed that up with another 3-2 loss in nine innings during the nightcap.

It took eight innings in the opener for each squad to finally plate a run. Graceland led off the top half of the eighth with a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to third and Staci Ritchey followed that up with a single to give Graceland a 1-0 lead.

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.

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