Baker sports roundup
Special to The Signal
MEN'S TENNIS - Baker had won five straight matches since spring break before falling to Oklahoma Christian University on Saturday at home. OCU is ranked fifth nationally among NAIA schools. Blake Glover, freshman from Baldwin City, won at No. 5 singles for the Cats.
The Wildcats defeated defending Heart of America Athletic Conference champion Graceland University 6-3 on Friday. The men rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles matches to win five of six singles matches. Graceland was ranked 25th nationally at the beginning of the spring season.
Baker defeated William Jewell 8-1 on Tuesday in Liberty. The Cats won all three doubles matches. MIAA tennis powers Northwest Missouri State and Truman State fell to Baker on Thursday, March 29, and Saturday, March 31. Northwest lost 5-4 in Baldwin City, Truman State lost 5-3 in Kirksville, Mo.
The Cats next match is Thursday at Benedictine College.
WOMEN'S GOLF - The Wildcats won the Baker University Women's Spring 2001 Golf Invitational Monday at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence by 21 strokes. Meghan Lewis, junior from Syracuse, tied for medallist honors with an 82. BU took first with a 363. Other teams were: Southwestern College (384), Newman University (385), Rockhurst University (393), Evangel University (402), and Neosho County Community College (441).
Baker fell to Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Lindenwood University on Thursday at the Rockhurst University Spring Invitational. It is the Cats' first loss to a conference foe this season. Lewis finished second by two strokes with an 82, her first individual loss of the season. Sarah Payne, sophomore from Topeka, finished fourth with an 87.
The Cats next competition is April 18-19 at the William Woods Invitational in Fulton, Mo.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD - Eric Schwarz, junior from Baldwin City, and Jerry Baker, sophomore from Morrowville, set standard and provisional javelin qualifying marks, respectively, at the Emporia State Invitational on Saturday. Schwarz reached 191-2 to finish seventh, while Baker measured 182-4 and finished 10th.
Baker placed sixth in the pole vault after clearing 14-6, his best this season. Levi Broeckelman, junior from Grinnell, finished sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21-9.5. Matt Neal, junior from Austin, Texas, finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.36
The Cats hosted the 61st annual high school Baker Relays Tuesday and will host the collegiate Baker Relays on Saturday.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD - Baker's 4x800-meter relay team reached the provisional qualifying mark on Saturday at the Emporia State Invitational. The team finished third with a time of 9:47.5. Members of the squad are Katie Hennes, senior from Topeka, Molly Humphries, sophomore from Topeka, Morgan Ouimette, junior from Grandview, Mo., and Jenny Schultz, sophomore from Sun City, Ariz.
Schultz finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 19:14.58. Angie Heffner, freshman from Baldwin City, cleared 9-5.75 in the pole vault to finish fourth. Ouimette placed fourth in her first career 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time of 11:44.0.
The Cats will hosted the 61st annual high school Baker Relays Tuesday and will host the collegiate Baker Relays on Saturday.
SOFTBALL The Wildcats won three of five games at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Divisional tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Johnson County Complex.
Baker defeated Culver-Stockton 9-4, then lost to Central Methodist 3-2 on Friday. On Saturday, Missouri Valley defeated Baker 4-1, then the Wildcats won 3-1 versus Lindenwood and 9-0 against Evangel.
Pitcher Megan Nelson, sophomore from Marysville, had two wins, including the shutout versus Evangel. Kara Weddle, freshman from Kansas City, had one win and a 0.93 ERA in 15 innings.
Nelson had a team-high .455 batting average in the tournament, with three RBIs. Casey McGinley, senior from Topeka, batted .421 and scored eight times. Kelli Leach, freshman from Peculiar, Mo., had a team-high .611 on-base percentage after walking six times and batting .417.
Baker played William Jewell in Liberty, Mo., Tuesday and will host Ottawa at home on Thursday, then face Graceland in Lamoni, Iowa, on Saturday.
BASEBALL - The Wildcats dropped four Heart of America Athletic Conference games on Saturday and Sunday. Baker took an 11-10 lead in their first game against Evangel on Saturday in the top of the eighth inning after back-to-back home runs by Pete Aldrete, senior from Emporia, and Bix Ellenbecker, sophomore from Lawrence, but lost 12-11. The 'Cats lost the second game 11-10. Baker fell to Benedictine on Sunday 12-1 and 14-3.
Baker played Avila College at home Tuesday and face Mid-America Nazarene in Olathe on Saturday.