Baker baseball squad opens season
The Baker University baseball team opened the season over the weekend with four games in Oklahoma, but is really looking forward to the home opener Saturday.
Baker will play host to Pittsburg State University Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Baker field south of Liston Stadium.
"Being the first home opener of my college coaching career, I'm looking forward to it and so are the players," said Phil Hannon, first-year head coach of the baseball Wildcats. "Hopefully the improvements we've made to the field will bring people out to see this year's edition of the team. They're hungry."
The team came back from Oklahoma with four losses after games Saturday and Sunday. But Hannon thinks it was a good learning experience.
"Going down and playing in Oklahoma is a good test of where your ball club is," said Hannon. "We had to find out our strengths and weaknesses and find out what we have to do to become a good ball club."
Baker opened the season off on a good note, scoring three runs in the first inning against St. Gregory. However, it turned into a 17-9 loss. Justin Miller led the offense with four runs batted in with a pair of hits. Jay Denning had two hits, drove in a run and scored three runs. Chip Mitchell also had two hits and had an RBI. Kory Allsop took the pitching loss.
In the second game, St. Gregory took a 12-5 victory. Mike Palo had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Baker. Brad Greenway and Jamie Sauder also had two hits. Mike McKinley took the loss on the mound.
On Sunday, Baker dropped a pair of one-run games to Oklahoma Baptist University. Sauder had three hits in the two games to lead the way.
Baker played the University of Kansas Tuesday, but results weren't available by press time.
The Wildcats will also have a home game Tuesday against MidAmerica Nazarene. The double-header is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. They will also be home March 21 against William Jewell for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and March 25 against Park College at 1:30 p.m. and Jamestown College at 3:45 p.m.