Baker sports roundup
Easter weekend provides opportunity to catch 'Cats in action
Special to the Signal
Four Baker University teams will host games on Friday and Saturday.
The baseball team was originally scheduled to host Lindenwood University at 1 p.m. Saturday, but the game has been moved up to 1 p.m. Friday. That will avoid a conflict with the softball team's Senior Day game versus Graceland University at 1 p.m. Saturday. The tennis teams were also scheduled to host Lindenwood on Saturday, but will now host the Lions at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Sophomore slugger leads 'Cats to two doubleheader sweeps
Baker University sophomore Pam Miller of Valley Falls was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Week after batting .400 with a slugging percentage of 1.150 over a six-game stretch.
Miller hit two home runs in the finale of a 1-0 and 4-3 doubleheader loss to Evangel University Saturday in Springfield, Mo. The Cats led 3-1 in the second game before allowing three runs to score with two outs.
The Cats outscored Ottawa University and William Jewell College 29-3 in doubleheaders on March 31 and April 1 at home.
Baker forced 10-2 and 9-1 run-rule victories against Ottawa on March 31. Miller had five RBIs and pitched the entire game, shutting down the Braves until there were two outs in the fifth and final inning. In the second game, Miller hit a double and two triples, and scored twice while freshman Jana Smith of Topeka allowed no earned runs during her six innings.
On April 1, the Wildcats edged William Jewell 2-1 in the first game and then coasted to an 8-0 victory in the second.
The games vaulted Baker into the NAIA Region V Top 10. The Wildcats hosted Benedictine College on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time. Baker's next game is on Saturday, when the Cats host Graceland College at 1 p.m. It will be the Wildcats final home game and they will honor seniors Maggie Brown, Kelli Leach and Erin Patterson. Baker resumes action on Tuesday against MidAmerica Nazarene University at 5 p.m. in Olathe.
Rigdon, Peck lead Cats to win
Baker University senior Jerod Rigdon of Caney hit a double and a home run to lead Baker to a 6-5 extra-inning defeat of Benedictine College Saturday at home.
Freshman Logan Peck of San Diego picked up the win. The game was tied 4-4 after seven innings and each team scored a run in the eighth inning. After Baker scored in the top of the ninth, the Cats held the Ravens scoreless to win the game.
Head coach Phil Hannon said freshman Leon Davenport of Grandview, Mo., senior Jason Patty of El Dorado and Peck have been batting especially well lately, and junior infielders Ryan Kimm of Mapleton, Minn., and McCoy Nelson of Piedmonte, Okla., have made spectacular defensive plays.
Weir, Randle provisionally qualify at Missouri Relays
Competing against some of the nation's best collegiate athletes at the Missouri Relays Saturday in Columbia, Mo., Baker University's Brett Weir and Brent Randle performed well enough to provisionally qualify for the NAIA outdoor track championship.
Weir, a sophomore from Topeka, ran a 14.97 in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries to set his provisional mark. He finished fourth in the finals with a 15.01.
Randle, a freshman from Dallas, jumped 46-feet, 3.5-inches to place seventh in the triple jump. He is less than three inches from automatically qualifying for nationals.
The men's 1,600-meter relay team improved its time by 12 seconds from last week with a 3:29.35 to place 10th. Weir, senior Mike Brennan of Topeka, freshman Marty Johnston of Leawood and junior Aaron Wright of Blue Springs, Mo., were members of the team.
Sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma finished the 3,000-meter run in 10:48.80 to place fifth on Friday to lead the women's team.
Depth was key as the Baker Univerisyt womens tennis team defeated Graceland University 6-3 Tuesday in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Wildcats won all three doubles matches and a trio of freshman, Megan Lamb of Hesston, Ashley Hutchison of Russell and Libby Hillman of Wakena, won the No. 4, 5, and 6 singles matches.
The men lost 7-2 to Graceland, with Baker losing four singles matches in the third set. Senior Blake Glover of Baldwin City won No. 4 singles and freshmen Joe Ahmadian of Dallas and Jose Mota of Brago, Portugal, won No. 2 doubles to lead the Wildcats.
Baker University junior Libby Lewis of Syracuse won the William Woods Invitational Tuesday in Fulton, Mo., leading the Wildcats to a second-place finish.
Lewis shot a 76 on Monday and followed with a 77 on Tuesday for a 153 over two rounds. Senior Jordan Beam-Ward of Overland Park shot a 163 to place fourth.
Baker's next competition will be the William Jewell Invitational on April 16-17 in Liberty, Mo.