Baker University Sports Roundup
Special to the Signal
WOMENS TENNIS The Baker University Wildcats defeated Graceland University 5-4 in the semifinal round, but fell to William Jewell College in the championship game to place second at the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament.
Against Graceland, Susan Newton, junior from DeSoto, soundly won No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3. Anna McCullough, senior from Topeka, also had a convincing win in No. 6 singles 6-4, 6-1. Julia Harrison, junior from San Angelo, Texas, fought back from a 2-6 loss in the first set to win the match 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. McCullough teamed with Virginia Brown, freshman from Anthony, to win No. 3 doubles 8-6. Amy Rodriguez, junior from San Antonio, and Jessica Schmitt, sophomore from Mount Vernon, Mo., teamed up to win No. 2 doubles 8-3.
The Cats lost to William Jewell 5-0 in the final. It ended Baker's season with a 6-7 overall record and 5-2 conference record.
MENS TENNIS Baker placed second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament after falling to Graceland University 5-4 in the championship game. The Wildcats finished their season with a 10-7 record and 4-2 overall. They were ranked 22nd in the NAIA's latest rankings on April 17.
SOFTBALL The Wildcats knocked off No. 1 seed and host Lindenwood University 5-4 at the ongoing Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament Saturday in St. Ann, Mo.
The double-elimination tournament was supposed to start on Friday and end Saturday, but weather delays allowed only half of the games to be played. The tournament will resume Wednesday and Thursday with games at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe and Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. The Cats will play Avila College at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Olathe.
Baker started the tournament with a 3-1 defeat of No. 8 seed Avila. The Wildcats upset Lindenwood, the conference regular season champion, 5-4 in the second round. Missouri Valley College, the No. 5 seed, gave Baker its first loss with a 3-1 setback in the third round.
BASEBALL Baker fell to William Jewell College 6-5 and 6-1 Tuesday in Liberty, Mo., to end the season. Nate Jahn, junior from Garnett, pitched a complete game for the Cats and Mike Palo, junior from Lenexa, batted 2-3 in the second game.
The Cats finished with an 11-27 record, and were 4-16 in Heart of America Athletic Conference games.
MENS TRACK & FIELD Jerry Baker, junior from Morrowville, placed second at the Glenn Morris Decathlon and vaulted into fourth in the NAIA rankings with a score of 6,450 points.
The decathlon was held Thursday and Friday in Fort Collins, Colo., and consisted mainly of NCAA Div. I and unattached competitors. Baker set personal bests in four events and won three of the ten events. He also broke his own school decathlon record of 6,309 points.
Matt Neal, senior from Austin, Texas, and Matt Hallauer, sophomore from Holton, each placed second at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Invitational Saturday.
Hallauer placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and broke his own school record by 15 seconds with a time of 9:49. Neal placed second in the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight week, with both losses coming to the same NCAA Div. I athlete. He finished in 56.44 seconds. Neal also ran on the 4x100-meter relay team that lowered its time to 43.72 and placed third and the 4x400-meter relay team that placed fourth.
Eric Schwarz, senior from Baldwin City, placed fourth in the javelin with a distance of 176-2. Josh Flett, freshman from Wellsville, placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 146-5.
WOMENS TRACK & FIELD Liesel Kirk, senior from Topeka, finished second in the 1,500-meter run and set a season best time in the 800-meter run at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Invitational Saturday.
Kirk missed her second win in two weeks by less than two seconds with a time of 4:50.24 in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 2:21.62 in the 800 was the best time run by a Baker woman this season and placed fifth at the meet. Kenda Williams, senior from Aurora, Mo., placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.12.