Baker sports briefs
Baker's Turner earns
All-American track honors
Cristy Turner, junior from Perry, Fla., became Baker University's latest All-American with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault at the NAIA National Indoor Track & Field Championships Thursday through Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.
Turner cleared 11-3, the same height as the third-place finisher. She competed in the pole vault on Friday after participating in the pentathlon on Thursday.
Renee Sudduth, senior from Harveyville, broke her own school record in the weight throw with a distance of 49-4.5 inches to place 10th on Friday. Her previous record was 48-10.75.
Jerry Baker, junior from Washington, also set a personal best at the championships. He cleared 14-9 in the pole vault, breaking his own personal best by three inches and placing eighth.
The meet concluded the indoor season. Baker's next track meet will be March 14 at Emporia State UniversitySpring Twilight in Emporia.
Baker softball wins openers
Baker University has started the 2002 softball season by outscoring two opponents 32-4 in four games. The Wildcats' latest wins came with an 8-1, 3-1 sweep of Ottawa University Thursday in Baker's home opener.
Baker got its offensive punch in the first game from the top half of line-up. The Cats first five batters all had two hits and the first three had two runs apiece. 2001 Heart of America Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Brooke Moyer, sophomore from Desoto, had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and a double to spark the offense. Paula Sloan, senior from Topeka, had two hits, two RBIs and a double as the clean-up hitter. Megan Nelson, junior from Marysville, earned the win.
Moyer had another RBI in the game and Kelli Leach, sophomore from Peculiar, Mo., added two hits and a double. Kara Weddle, sophomore from Kansas City, earned the win.
Baker baseball splits pair
The Baker University baseball team split a double-header with MidAmerica Nazarene University in their season opener Thursday at Cavaness Field.
Mike Palo, senior from Lenexa, Jason Patty, sophomore from El Dorado, and Justin Greiner, sophomore from Lenexa, all had three hits in an 18-16 loss in the first game. Matt Schubert, senior from Mt. Vernon, Mo., pitched Baker to a 9-7 victory in the second game. Patty and Marcus Wilson, senior from Grandview, Mo., had two hits.