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05.02.14 | W Softball

Softball Ends Season in HAAC Tourney

Alyse Menghini and the Wildcats ended its season on Friday in the HAAC Tournament to No. 5 seeded Benedictine, 9-3 Alyse Menghini and the Wildcats ended its season on Friday in the HAAC Tournament to No. 5 seeded Benedictine, 9-3

OVERLAND PARK Kan. – The No. 4 seeded Baker University softball team fell to No. 5 Benedictine, 9-3, on Friday afternoon in the consolation bracket of the 2014 HAAC Championship Series, one win away from a trip to the tournament semifinals.

The Wildcats end its season 22-24 under head coach Jamie Stanclift, while the Ravens improve to 19-22 and will next take on No. 2 MNU in the tournament semifinals at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Baker played three games on Friday at the Blue Valley Recreational Complex, with a 3-1 loss to No. 1 Central Methodist and a 3-0 win over Culver-Stockton to advance to the matchup against Benedictine.

In game one against No. 14 nationally ranked Central Methodist, starter Aubrey Utley had a perfect game going through five innings before, Tara Chumley finally found some green and singled to right field.

She would eventually score on a Cami Williams single to left field, but that's all the 'Cats could muster on the three-time NAIA All-American Utley.

Katt Cooper threw all seven innings for Baker and allowed just one earned run, a solo home run to Michele Rupard in the top of the 5th.

In game two against Culver-Stockton, Mallorie Nelson was nearly un-hittable, posting a perfect game through 5.2 innings, before Culver was able to get a single by Anna Linderman.

The 'Cats had eight hits against Culver's starter Hannah Washburn who threw all seven innings.

Luc Staats went 2-for-2, while Chumley went 2-for-3. Illona Miller added a hit, as did Renata Dill, Williams and Menghini.

In the final game of the day against Benedictine, the Ravens jumped all over Nelson early with three runs in the bottom of the first, then added one in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Baker three runs came in the fourth with two and a final run in the top of the 7th. Nelson and Brooke Plummer had strong games at the plate with three hits apiece.

Baker 1 – CMU 3 BOX SCORE

Baker 3 – Culver-Stockton 0 BOX SCORE

Baker 3 – Benedictine 9 BOX SCORE

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