Baker sports roundup
Cats prepare for busy schedule
With eight spring sports teams, almost every day contains a sporting event for Baker University Wildcat fans.
Today is especially busy, with the baseball, softball and tennis teams all playing at home. The baseball team finishes a rain-delayed game with Graceland University at 2 p.m. on Cavaness Field as the softball team hosts William Jewell College at the same time at the Charlie Richard Outdoor Sports Complex. The mens and womens tennis teams challenge Kansas Wesleyan University at 3:30 p.m. at Laury Tennis Courts.
The track and tennis teams travel to events in Missouri on Friday, but the tennis teams return on Saturday to host Independence Community College at noon. One hour later, the baseball team challenges Benedictine College at Cavaness Field.
Though sporting events take place every day, the next home games won't be until Wednesday. The softball team hosts Benedictine at 3 p.m., then the track athletes compete in their lone home meet of the year in a triangular featuring Benedictine and Ottawa University at Liston Stadium.
Baseball team continues hot streak
A sweep of MidAmerica Nazarene March 23 vaulted Baker University to the top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball standings.
Baker fell behind 1-0 in the first game, but a three-run double by junior catcher Justin Quick of Kansas City put the Cats up 4-1 in the bottom of the first and Baker never gave up the lead. A grand slam by junior infielder Jay Small of Shawnee, followed by a home run by Quick put the Cats up 10-4 after just two innings.
Sophomore infielder Leon Davenport of Grandview, Mo., hit a two-run home run in the third and senior outfielder Wade Evans of Emporia added a home run in the fifth inning. Evans came back to the plate in the sixth inning and cleared the fences again for two more runs and a 15-10 win. Sophomore Michael Clark of Havana stifled a MidAmerica rally attempt with two shut-out innings to finish the game.
Baker freshman ace Randy Sutcliffe of Lee's Summit, Mo., controlled the second game. After the Pioneers scored three runs in the first inning, Sutcliffe settled down and allowed only two runs for the final six innings as Baker rallied for a 7-5 victory. The Cats were down 3-1 in the third inning when freshman infielder Logan Peck of San Diego, Calif., hit a grand slam. Baker's other three RBIs came off of singles.
The Cats fell to Washburn University 14-4 on March 24. Evans gave the Cats a 1-0 lead in the first inning by getting a walk, stealing second, then scoring on a wild pitch. Baker's weekend games against Graceland University and St. Mary's College were rained out. The Cats will resume their game against Graceland at 2 p.m. today at home in the fifth inning.
Tennis teams sweep first two conference foes
The Baker University tennis teams have had little trouble with their first two Heart of America Athletic Conference opponents, dispatching them with a combined score of 29-7.
The Wildcats swept Missouri Valley College Tuesday at home, with the mens and womens teams each winning 8-1. On Saturday in Atchison, the women again won 8-1 and the men won 5-4. Singles and doubles victories by senior Anthony Nguyen of Los Angeles and freshman Joe Ahmadian of Dallas keyed the close victory.
Cats star at first outdoor meet
Baker University's Matt Hallauer won the 3,000-meter steepelchase to lead a quartet of medalists at the Truman State Open Saturday in Kirksville, Mo.
Hallauer, a senior from Holton, finished in 9:48.45, 16 seconds ahead of the runner-up, but was one of just several stars at Baker's first outdoor meet of the season.
Freshman Brent Randle of Dallas placed third in the triple jump and provisionally qualified for the national championships, and also placed sixth in the long jump. Sophomore Brett Weir of Topeka placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and also provisionally qualified for nationals.
Sophomore Zach Middleton of Meridian, Idaho, also shined in the hurdles with a fifth-place finish. Junior Ben Harp of Kansas City, Mo., placed sixth in the pole vault.
The womens team was led by freshman LaTasha Roberts of Louisburg, who placed third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Senior Becki Cargo of Pomona placed fourth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 1,500-meter run. Senior Angie Heffner of Baldwin City placed fourth in the pole vault, and junior Arielle Wilson of Oklahoma City was sixth in the 400-meter dash. The top three placers in each event medaled.
Fall sports teams plan spring competition
The Baker University volleyball and football teams will participate in scrimmages during the next few weeks.
The volleyball team is allowed a spring scrimmage schedule and will compete in the Missouri Western Invitational on Sunday in St. Joseph, Mo., then at Washburn University on April 24.
The football team will host an alumni game at 1 p.m. April 17 at Liston Stadium. Alumni can contact Tamara Starkey at (785) 594-8461 for more details.
Greeks host volleyball tournament to benefit victims
Baker University's Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will host their annual Spiking Out Domestic Violence volleyball tournament on April 3 in Baldwin City.
The five-on-five tournament has male and female divisions, with up to eight players on a team. The entry fee is $50 per team. All proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence. Questions can be directed to Megan Jones at Alpha Chi Omega at 594-6611.