Mixed bag for Baker baseball
The Baker University Wildcat baseball team started its weekend on Friday with a game against Park University. It was a rain make up from earlier in the week.
Park University swept the games 7-1 and 15-2.
"We haven't been very consistent at the plate," coach Phil Hannon said. "We need to pick up some base hits here and there. We have the ability to get men on but we are lacking in the RBI category."
Baker's next outing was against western division Missouri Valley on Saturday.
"They are a pretty solid club," Hannon said. "They are not going to beat themselves. You have to play well to beat them."
Baker lost 5-3 and 13-3 against the Vikings.
"We are looking for some good solid baseball," said Hannon. "A couple of defensive miscues and again instant offense helped give Baker its two losses on the road."
Baker returned to Baldwin on Sunday to face the Benedictine Ravens. The Wildcats had to hold off the Ravens in the top half of the seventh inning to win 10-9 in the first game of the double header. The Ravens took the second game 9-4.
"Our pitching is getting great learning experience on the mound," said Hannon. "Unfortunately it is coming in crucial conference games. If we can hang on, I know that my young pitchers will come through in the end. We still need to take some pressure off of them by generating more offense."
Winning pitcher for Wildcats was Brandon Jones, junior from Olathe. Baker dropped the second game despite two home runs by Mike Palo, junior from Lenexa.