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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.”

4.9.12 | Softball

Softball goes 4-0 on the week; MNU showdown looms

Maggie Holmberg

OLATHE, Kan. – A broken sprinkler head at Cavaness Field didn’t disrupt the BU softball team one bit as the Wildcats swept Peru State College on Saturday afternoon at Lone Elm Park in Olathe.

Baker knocked off the Bobcats 6-1 in the opener and Erin Greenwood closed out the nightcap with a 3-0 no-hit shutout.

Summer Kelley highlighted the Baker offense in game one with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third and Maggie Holmberg was stellar on the rubber giving up just one hit with one earned run and 10 strikeouts.

4.9.12 | Track and Field

Wildcats show dominance at CMU Invitational

CMU Invitational

FAYETTE, Mo. – The Baker men’s and women’s track and field teams showed their dominance this past weekend at the Central Methodist University Invitational.

The Wildcats took over the No. 1 spot in all but one relay in the HAAC conference rankings.

The women’s 4x100 relay team is still looking to punch their ticket to the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, but managed to finish second with a time of 48.98 seconds.  The men’s 4x100 meter relay team finished third, but overtook the top spot in the HAAC with a time of 42.99 seconds.

4.9.12 | Softball

Greenwood and Kelley sweep HAAC softball awards

Summer Kelley

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a 4-0 week in HAAC play, including a sweep over No. 18 Evangel, both Erin Greenwood (Topeka, Kan.) and Summer Kelley (Shawnee, Kan.) were named HAAC Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively the league office announced Monday afternoon.

Greenwood was a standout in the circle for the Wildcats as she claimed two of the four victories for the Cats‘. She tossed 9.0 innings and allowed just five hits while striking out 12 in a 5-2 win over Evangel. She followed that up with a no-hitter with just one walk and 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 victory over Peru State. She also went 6-for-13 at the plate that included a two-run homer against Peru State and tallied six RBIs for the week.

4.15.12 | Baseball

Baker splits four game series with MidAmerica Nazarene; KU up next

Baseball Splits

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker scored just four total runs in the entire series against the Pioneers, but it ended up being enough to earn a split this past weekend.

Chris Cummins picked up his team leading eighth victory in the series opener on Friday. Cummins gave up just three hits and one earned run in the complete game 2-1 victory. Josh Zach, Brett Lechien and Bryan Kindle led the BU offense with two hits apiece.

4.15.12 | Softball

Holmberg dominates opener against Benedictine

Summer Kelley

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Maggie Holmberg helped Baker win its eighth game in 10 tries on Sunday afternoon with an 8-0 complete game no-hitter in the opener against Benedictine College.

Brooke Allen, Erin Greenwood, and Kayla Morse all finished with two hits apiece, while each recording RBIs.

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