Baker sports roundup
Baker University improved its record to 1-1 on Saturday by beating Avila University 22-3 at Liston Stadium.
Wildcat running back Ramon Barber, a sophomore from Pittsburg, ran for a team leading 205 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. The Baker defense smothered Avila, forcing and recovering five fumbles. Matt Tripplett, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., intercepted his second pass of the season. He had his first last week at Evangel. Baker's defense also recorded four sacks. Leading the defense was Eric Moore, a senior from Independence, Mo, with nine tackles, including two for a loss.
The Wildcats will travel to Canton, Mo., on Saturday to play Culver-Stockton at 1:30 p.m.
Baker was the class of its invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday at Collins Sports Center. The Wildcats, coached by Kathy Allen, won each of its five matches and lost just two games. The field included conference and non-conference opponents.
Baker defeated Park College 30-23, 30-20, 30-18; Asbury College 30-20, 30-28, 30-24; Newman College 30-24, 30-26, 18-30, 32-30; St. Mary College 30-23, 31-29, 31-29; and Kansas-Wesleyan 30-27, 30-25, 24-30, 30-26.
Middle Blocker Renee Sudduth, a senior from Harveyville, outside hitter Brooke Glenn, a sophomore from Topeka, and libero Elaine Meyer, a junior from Clearwater, were named to the All-tournament team.
Baker beat conference foe Central Methodist on Tuesday. The Wildcats are 7-1 in regular season play and are ranked among the top teams in NAIA Region V. Baker resumes play on Tuesday against Culver Stockton on Tuesday.
The Wildcat womens soccer team is off to a great start. Baker won its won fourth straight game by beating Hannibal-LaGrange 2-1 in overtime on Friday.
Baker dominated the game offensively, holding Hannibal-LaGrange to just two shots on goal. Baker took 23 shots on the net. Senior Jessica Beck from Olathe scored both of the Wildcat's goals to give them the win.
Baker is 4-0 on the year and is ranked fifth among Region V schools. Baker has scored 19 goals on the season. Baker's next opponent is Park University at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Baldwin City.
Both Baker games ended in ties this week. On Wednesday, Baker opened conference play at William Jewell and on Saturday Baker and Park played to a 1-1 game in Baldwin City. The Wildcats play on Saturday in Marshall, Mo.
Baker's 2-1-2 record against strong competition moved the Wildcats to a second-place ranking among Region V schools. Schools in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are members of Region V. Baker also is ranked No. 23 in the nation.
Baker's mens and womens cross country teams did not compete over the weekend. On Saturday, the teams will travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Woody Greeno Invitational.