5.5.11 | Softball
Windle announces signing of Alyse Menghini
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University softball coach Matt Windle announced on Wednesday that the team has signed Alyse Menghini, a standout infielder from Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“Alyse came on a visit and impressed me right away,” Windle said. “She is a very bright student and is an extremely strong athlete. I would anticipate that she’ll be able to come in and give us some pop in the line-up right away. The bottom line is she’s an intense competitor and a winner. We’re fortunate to have her.”
4.29.11 | Softball
Wildcats fall in opening round of HAAC playoffs
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Baker may not have accomplished its end goal in the conference playoffs, but there is no doubt the team has a lot to be proud of in the end.
Evangel (31-11) eliminated the Wildcats from the HAAC playoffs on Friday afternoon, defeating Baker (31-21) in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 4-0.
Evangel never trailed in game one as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before adding two runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
4.29.11 | Softball
Wildcats set to open HAAC Playoff quest against Evangel
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Baker opens the Heart of America conference playoffs Friday afternoon with the first two games of a best-of-three opening round against Evangel University. The Wildcats are seeded fifth in the league with a 31-19 overall record and a 13-7 conference mark. Evangel enters play seeded fourth with a 29-11 overall record and 14-6 league mark.
The first two games of the series begin Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and game three, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.
The winner of the opening round advances to the HAAC Championship Series, a four-team double-elimination tournament played with the highest seed hosting.
4.27.11 | Softball
Wildcats split with Kansas Wesleyan in regular season finale
SALINA, Kan. – The Baker softball team closed out its regular season on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader split against Kansas Wesleyan.
Baker (31-19) got on the scoreboard first in game one thanks to a Renata Dill solo home run in the first inning. The Coyotes tied the game in the bottom of the second, but Baker slowly pulled away inning by inning. Katie Worley added a solo home run in the sixth inning as the Wildcats went on to win 5-1.
Erin Greenwood (8-9) went the distance on the rubber giving up just one earned run on four hits in the victory.
4.26.11 | Softball
Wildcats face KWU in tune-up doubleheader before HAAC Playoffs
SALINA, Kan. – The Baker University softball team will play its regular season finale on Tuesday afternoon against Kansas Wesleyan University (27-13, 8-6 KCAC) at 3 p.m.
Baker (30-18, 13-7 HAAC) enters play riding a four-game winning streak with doubleheader victories over NCAA DII Washburn University and Bellevue University (Neb.)
Brooke Allen continues to lead the squad offensively with a .418 batting average and .660 slugging percentage. Erin Greenwood is the probable starting pitcher, as she enters play with eight victories and a 2.09 ERA.
4.23.11 | Softball
Baker softball team sets school record
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – All they needed was one more victory in the regular season to surpass the all-time school record for wins in a season of 28. The Wildcats (30-18, 13-7 HAAC) did just that on Friday afternoon against non-conference foe Bellevue University (Neb.).
Renata Dill led the Wildcats in game one going 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Maggie Holmberg (12-4) was stellar yet again on the rubber pitching a complete game, giving up just one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts in the 3-1 victory.
Bellevue’s only run came in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Allie Bartley.
4.21.11 | Softball
Wildcats sweep Lady Blues in playoff tune-up
TOPEKA, Kan. – It was a homecoming game for Topeka natives Brooke Allen, Maggie Holmberg and Erin Greenwood. The trio didn’t disappoint.
Erin Greenwood pitched a complete game shutout while giving up just six hits in game one. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run.
Brooke Allen got the Wildcats on the scoreboard first in the third inning blasting a two-run home run off Washburn (12-24) pitcher Danielle Fox to give the Wildcats (28-18) the lead for good.
Baker recorded a total of four hits in the 3-0 victory while playing errorless ball defensively.
Wildcats conclude HAAC schedule, look forward to playoffs
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In just his second season as head coach, Matt Windle has taken the Baker softball program to new heights.
The Wildcats (26-18 overall, 13-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) finished the season in fourth place in the HAAC standings, a major change from a year ago when Baker compiled an 18-31 record and 7-13 mark to finish eighth in the conference.
“I think our hopes were to play our way into the top five in the conference, but we got to a point where we had the potential to win the conference,” Windle said. “We put ourselves in a position to do much better things than we intended.”