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4.26.11 | Softball

BU softball opens HAAC playoffs at home on Friday

SB HAAC Playoffs

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University softball team will be hosting its first home playoff game in six years on Friday evening when the Wildcats welcome Peru State College for a best-of-three series.

Baker (21-16, 11-7 HAAC) swept the Bobcats earlier this month on a neutral site field in Olathe, Kan.

4.26.12 | Golf

Baker women take second; men grab third at BU Invitational

BU Spring Invite

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Mattie Willmore of Avila University (Mo.) took the overall crown on the women’s side shooting a two-day total of 168 and Ben Johnson of Bethany College (Kan.) shot a three-day total of 218 to take a one shot victory over Avila’s Geoffrey Gahn.

Stacy Yowell of Baker took second place overall with a two-day total of 178 and Keeley Brunner of Graceland rounded out the women’s top three with a 180.

4.27.12 | Men's Basketball

Baker University names Sean Dooley men’s basketball coachCoach Sean Dooley

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Sean Dooley, an assistant coach at perennial NAIA basketball powerhouse Columbia (Mo.) College, has been named the 26th head coach in Baker University men’s basketball history, Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar announced on Friday.

At Columbia, Dooley is coming off four consecutive 25-plus win seasons and four trips to the NAIA National Tournament, including one NAIA National runner-up finish.

“Sean is a great fit to lead our program,” Yetmar said. “His work ethic, values and passion for mentoring student-athletes naturally align with our mission. Sean has provided strong leadership for winning NAIA programs and we expect our men’s basketball program to consistently compete at a championship level.”

4.30.12 | Track and Field

Thurbon and Gathright take home weekly HAAC honors after Wildcat Open

HAAC Athlete's of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior Jeremy Gathright and sophomore Katie Thurbon were respectively named HAAC Track and Field Athlete’s of the week the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Gathright claimed a pair of top two finishes this past weekend at the Wildcat Open to help in preparation for this week’s Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship set to be held at Graceland University.

5.2.12 | Softball

Baker softball set to face Evangel in HAAC Conference Championship Semifinals

Softball Final Four

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – After knocking off Peru State College in a best-of-three series in the opening round of the 2012 HAAC Softball Conference Championship, Baker will now set its eyes on defeating second-seeded Evangel University in the double elimination tournament.

Third-seeded Baker (23-17) swept the Crusaders earlier this season by scores of 8-0 and 5-2.

Evangel (33-11) is coming off an opening round sweep over Missouri Valley College by scores of 8-0 and 1-0.

5.2.12 | Football

Former USC running back Dillon Baxter signs with Baker University

Dillon Baxter

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner has announced the signing of Dillon Baxter, a former running back for the University of Southern California.

Grossner flew to San Diego this past weekend and signed Baxter on Sunday afternoon in his home.

“I’ve been aware of Dillon since high school,” Grossner said. “I’ve had a good relationship with Rolando Rivera at Mission Bay High School where Rivera coached Baxter in 2009 when he was named the National High School Player of the Year.”

5.4.12 | Softball

BU softball has four named to first team all-HAAC squad

All-HAAC Squad

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Baker University softball team had four players named to the first team all-HAAC squad the league office announced on Friday afternoon.

Pitchers Erin Greenwood (Topeka, Kan.) and Maggie Holmberg (Topeka, Kan.) highlighted the Wildcat defense.

First baseman Summer Kelley (Shawnee, Kan.) and second baseman Brooke Allen (Topeka, Kan.) rounded out the BU squad. Allen was also awarded the Gold Glove for her stellar play at second base. Alexis Cox was awarded the Gold Glove for her play in the outfield.

5.24.12 | Track & Field

Baker University qualifiers set for nationals

XC-Track-Team-2012

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After a dynamic performance at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships, Baker University will send seven representatives to the 2012 NAIA Track and Field Championships May 24-26 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.

Baker’s men’s and women’s teams captured HAAC outdoor titles three weeks ago.

Competing at the national meet for the Baker men are JL Anderson (110-meter hurdles) and Jeremy Gathright (400, long jump, triple jump).

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