Baker University Sports Roundup
Special to The Signal
MEN'S SOCCER Baker is preparing for postseason conference play on Thursday at home against Benedictine College. The Wildcats had the best conference record and earned the right to play their first game at home. Baker is currently 11-8 overall and 8-0 in conference. If they defeat Benedictine, they will play again on Friday at home against either Lindenwood or Avila College.
The Wildcats played just one game this week, due to a cancellation of the Oklahoma City game to be played on Oct. 24. Baker defeated Graceland 4-2 on Oct. 26. Erik Jones, junior from Olathe, scored two goals in the contest and leads the team with 14 this season.
WOMENS GOLF Baker finished the season ranked 25th in the final NAIA/GOLFSTAT rankings. The Wildcats won the Baker Invitational on Sept. 28 at Alvamar Golf Course and finished second in their other three meets this fall. Sarah Payne, sophomore from Topeka, is ranked 18th in the nation. Baker and Payne had higher rankings than any other school or player in Region V. The team will resume competition in mid-March for the spring season and will welcome back All-American Meghan Lewis, who was studying abroad during the fall season.
FOOTBALL The Wildcats lost 13-10 to the Benedictine College Ravens on Saturday in Liston Stadium. Benedictine, ranked sixth in the NAIA poll, and Baker, ranked 15th, were the only two unbeaten teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference before the game.
Baker led 10-0 in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Levi Schuck, senior from Peoria, Ariz., scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter for a 7-0 lead. Ryan Stewart, freshman from Tulsa, Okla., made a 30-yard field goal with 8:38 left in the fourth for a 10-0 lead. The Ravens then scored on pass plays with 6:57 and 5:11 left in the game and took the victory.
Running back Terence Spencer, senior from La Puente, Calif., had 101 yards rushing on 25 carries. Defensive back Mark Emry, senior from Peculiar, Mo., had 10 unassisted tackles and an interception. Linebacker Eric Moore, sophomore from Independence, Mo., had 14 tackles and two sacks. He also forced and recovered Benedictine's only fumble. Defensive tackle Carlos Grace, senior from Detroit, Mich., had 11 tackles, including three for negative yards. Baker's defense combined for 10 tackles for negative yards and five sacks, while Benedictine's defense had just one tackle for a loss.
VOLLEYBALL Baker has one last regular season game left to play, today at Missouri Valley, before the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament starts on Saturday. The Wildcats are fifth in the conference standings.
The Wildcats defeated Lindenwood 3-1 at home on Oct. 24. Middle hitter Kathy Kern, sophomore from Wamego, had 15 kills and four blocks. Outside hitter Jackie Sommer, junior from Bixby, Okla., had 23 kills and 10 digs while fellow outside hitter Sarah Osterhaus, sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., had 11 kills and 15 digs. Setter Emilee Hoffner, junior from Ault, Colo., added 51 assists. Baker fell to Washburn 3-0 on Oct. 26 at home.
CROSS COUNTRY Despite losing top runner Liesel Kirk to sickness during the race, the Baker women finished eighth out of 14 teams at the Southwestern Invitational on Oct. 28. Morgan Ouimette, junior from Grandview, Mo., led the Wildcats with a 14th place finish in a time of 20:05. Jenny Schultz, sophomore from Sun City, Ariz., was 16th in 20:08.
The mens team finished 13th out of 21 schools on the muddy course that had competitors running through standing water. Scott Nelson, junior from Carbondale, finished 39th with a time of 27:49 to lead the Cats. Jimmy Gillispie, freshman from Baldwin City, finished 67th in 28:37.
BASKETBALL The Baker mens and womens basketball teams will play their season openers at Haskell Indian College on Saturday. The women will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.