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Monday, 28 April 2014 20:07

BU Splits Final Twinbill of Regular Season

Jimmy Gricol threw his third complete game of the season this weekend Jimmy Gricol threw his third complete game of the season this weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University baseball team ended its 2014 regular season on Monday afternoon with a split at Avila University, the Wildcats won games one and three of the series, 3-1 and 7-1, respectively, but fell in games two and four, 3-2 and 1-0.

Baker ends its regular season, 21-27 and 14-12 in the HAAC, and will next take on the HAAC Conference Tournament, May 1-6 in Joplin, Mo. The Wildcats earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will take on No. 4 Culver-Stockton on Thursday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

This marks the first time since 1999, Baker has qualified for the postseason, and the 'Cats are in search of its first HAAC title since 1993.

Avila ends its season 16-24 and 6-20 and will not compete in the HAAC tournament, the tournament qualifiers must finish in the Top 8 spots, the Eagles finished 10th this season.

In game one, senior Jimmy Gricol threw another complete game and nearly had a shutout, allowing just one earned run in the bottom of the sixth.

He also allowed only five hits and three strikeouts. The Wildcats put two runs on the board in the top of the third and one in the sixth.

The Wildcats had nine hits in the game with Brett Lechien, Cort Brennon and Tyler Cawley all posting multi-hit games.

In game two on Saturday, the Eagles put together its best offensive game of the series scoring three runs, two in the second and one big one in the sixth.

The Wildcats saved its best offensive performance for game three, as they accumulated nine hits and seven runs off of four Eagle pitchers.

Ethan Jacks went 3-of-4 from the plate with a RBI and Cawley knocked in two runs. Josh Zach also had two hits.

In game four, the 'Cats were victim to a complete game, four-hit shutout by Avila starter
Jake Slocum.

The Wildcats pitchers were solid themselves, with starter Ryan Lasneske allowing just two hits and an unearned run in four innings of work and Justin Madsen and Gage Kiesling went the final two going scoreless.






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