2.4.10 | Softball
Softball announces the signing of Kayla Morse
- Coach Windle with, Kayla Morse (center), father Gary (left), sister Chloe (right)
and mother LaRissa (far right)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Head softball coach Matt Windle is proud to announce that Kayla Morse has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Baker University. Kayla will graduate from Olathe Northwest High School (Olathe, Kan.) and is planning on majoring in nursing. Kayla was an important piece in her school’s first ever state title and undefeated season. Expectations are high for her senior season, but she welcomes the test to repeat. “Kayla is an absolute competitor and has the fundamental training to excel at the NAIA level. She is extremely quick, hits from both sides, and can play multiple positions. I am very happy to welcome her to Baker and expect great things from her," stated Windle.
The Wildcats begin their season on Feb. 27, in Olathe, Kan. at the MidAmerica Nazarene Invitational.
Coach Windle set to take over softball program
The Baker Wildcats enter the season with a new hunger and a new leader. Matt Windle takes the reins of a team that struggled with injuries and missed the conference tournament in 2009.
They return a strong nucleus, including all-HAAC outfielder Brooke Allen, and seniors Kelsey Epperson and Chelsi Taylor. The trio will be expected to lead a group that has high expectations. The Wildcats will welcome four freshmen, including Blue Valley High School pitcher Heather Gruber. "Heather will be a much needed addition to our thin pitching rotation," Windle said. Red-shirt freshman Brittany Vollenweider will also be asked to carry much of the pitching load after coming off a season-ending shoulder injury. "Brittany has worked hard to rehab her shoulder and is expected to be a major contributor this season," Windle stated. Look for the 2010 Wildcats to play a new brand of hard-nosed, blue-collar softball come this spring.
Baker Softball Splits With Ottawa University
On a cold dreary day, the Baker women split their double header with Ottawa University on Wednesday afternoon. Erin Ford and Brooke Pryor chipped in with the two lone RBIs while leading the Cats to victory in game one. Ford went 2-2 from the plate, while Pryor went 1-3. Pitcher Amanda Phelps picked up the win while throwing a complete game with four strikeouts. In game two it was Amanda Phelps taking the mound, again throwing another complete game while giving up three runs en route to a 3-1 loss. The women will be back in action again on Sunday when they host Lindenwood University 13-10 (1-1). Baker sits at 4-11 overall. View full box scores.
Baker Softball Begins HAAC Schedule
Heading into HAAC play this week, the Wildcats, who come into play with a 4-11 nonconference mark, will look to turn things around. Baker started the season with just three upperclassmen, which should intensify the hunger this young squad has as they enter HAAC competition. Freshman Brooke Allen (pictured) currently leads the team with 18 hits and a .391 batting average. Offensive woes have haunted the Wildcats this season. Baker was outscored 84-47 in their nonconference games. Baker enters HAAC play with a 5.11 ERA; opponents have held Baker just under 3 runs at a 2.88 ERA. View the full schedule.