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Saturday, 22 March 2014 23:19

Baseball Improves to 6-0 in the HAAC

Ryan Terstriep had three hits on the day for Baker Ryan Terstriep had three hits on the day for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team kept its perfect HAAC record in tact on Saturday afternoon with a home sweep of Graceland University at Sauder Field.

Baker defeated the Yellowjackets, 5-4 and 7-5, to improve to 11-11 on the year and 6-0 in the conference, while Graceland fell to 9-14 and 2-4 in the HAAC.

Baker and Graceland were scheduled to play in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday in Lamoni, Iowa but those games have been rescheduled due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday.

In game one, senior Jimmy Gricol went the distance on the mound, throwing all seven innings and allowed just two earned runs and struck out five batters. He also gave up just six hits and two walks.

Offensively, Baker went scoreless in innings one and two but then got things going with two runs in the third and a run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Three Wildcats had multi-hit games, as Josh Zach, Ryan Terstriep and Gabe Greenbaum each had two hits and Neal Boyce led the way with two RBI.

Baker led 5-2 entering the top of the seventh inning, and Gricol was ready to close out the game, but the Yellowjackets put up two runs in the seventh. Gricol then settled down Riley Acra to end the game.

In game two, senior Thomas Hawkins got the start throwing six innings on the mound, but did allow the Wildcats to trail on two different occasions giving up two runs in the top of the first and third innings.

But the 6-8 senior shut down Graceland in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and Baker was able to escape with a 7-5 win.

Justin Bye and Kyle Pattrick came in relief with Bye throwing two innings and Pattrick closing the game and recording a save.

Offensively, Zach and Greenbaum were stellar again. Zach went 2-for-4, while Greenbaum went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

Wes Summers, Brett Lechien, Taylro Whittum, Terstriep all had one hit and Ethan Jacks had a pair of hits.

Baker will next take on HAAC foe Evangel on the road on Mar. 25 in Springfield, Mo.




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