Baker sports roundup
WOMENS GOLF Baker had a spectacular finish to the fall season by defeating Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Lindenwood
University, which was ranked third in the nation last spring, with its
best score ever.
The Wildcats scored a 318, beating Lindenwood by three strokes. Baker's previous best score was a 334. Meghan Lewis, senior from Syracuse, also had her best score ever by making par with a 72 and taking top medallist honors. Sarah Payne, junior from Topeka, tied for third with an 80. Nikol Swann, junior from Colorado City, Texas, finished just one shot behind for fifth place.
FOOTBALL Baker won its fourth straight game on Saturday with a 24-21 Homecoming victory over the Graceland University Yellowjackets in Liston Stadium. Running back Howard Verdell, senior from Dallas, had two touchdown runs and 82 yards rushing to lead the Wildcat offense.
Placekicker Brian White, senior from Kansas City, Mo., scored the winning points with a 28-yard field goal with less than five minutes left in the game.
The Baker defense and special teams had another outstanding game. Eric Moore, junior from Independence, Mo., was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week. Moore blocked Graceland's last second field goal that could have tied the game, his seventh blocked kick of the season. He also had two tackles on special teams. Defensive back Matt Tripplett, junior from St. Louis, Mo., returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining before halftime. He also had nine tackles, seven solo stops and four pass deflections. Linebacker Mickey Ramsey, senior from Garden City, had a game-high 17 tackles, including 11 unassisted tackles. Punter Marcel Matthews, senior from Fresno, Calif., averaged 46.2 yards per punt.
Matthews was named Special Teams Player of the Week by Don Hansen's National Football Gazette for his performance in last week's game against Lindenwood University. Matthews had 10 punts for 400 yards and a long punt of 57 yards.
MENS SOCCER Baker's 6-0 shut-out of William Jewell College on
Saturday vaulted the team into third place in the Heart of America
Athletic Conference rankings. The Cats have yet to lose a conference game this season, but tied Avila College 1-1 on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Erik Jones, senior from Olathe, scored for Baker. The Cats will play Culver-Stockton College at 1 p.m. Saturday at home.
WOMENS SOCCER Baker extended its winning streak to five games with a 1-0 overtime win Saturday over Graceland University. Meghan Braun, junior from Prairie Village, scored the winning goal for the Cats. Goalkeeper Kelli Leach, sophomore from Peculiar, Mo., earned the shut-out.
On Wednesday, the Cats defeated Avila College 5-2. Baker held a 5-0 lead at halftime. With head coach Brandon Barkus fighting an illness, assistant coach Ngimian Mpwo led Baker to victory.
Baker is undefeated and tied for first in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with William Jewell College. The Cats will play
Culver-Stockton College at 3 p.m. Saturday at home.
CROSS COUNTRY Matt Hallauer, sophomore from Holton, became the eighth-fastest eight-kilometer runner in Baker University history after running a 27:25 on Saturday at Oklahoma State University's Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. He finished 28th overall to claim medallist honors. He is one second behind his former assistant cross country coach at Jackson Heights High School, Gary Keehn. The men's team placed 11th in the collegiate division.
Liesel Kirk, senior from Topeka, and Jenny Schultz, junior from Sun
City, Ariz., also medaled at the Jamboree. Kirk finished seventh in
19:20, while Schultz placed 14th in 19:49. The womens team placed fifth out of 15 teams in the collegiate division. Baker's next meet is at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Wildcat Invitational at the Baldwin City Golf Course.
VOLLEYBALL The Wildcats swept Washburn University on Thursday on the Ichabods' home court in Topeka. Baker won 30-24, 30-25 and 31-29. The Cats are now 16-3 overall and fourth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings.