Baker sports roundup
Cody's 2-out grand slam
gives Wildcats a 7-5 win
Special to the Signal
A clutch home run by Baker University freshman Kendra Cody completed a doubleheader sweep of MidAmerica Nazarene University Tuesday in Olathe.
With two outs in the final inning and the Cats down 5-3, Longton-native Cody hit her second home run of the game.
The Cats shut-out MidAmerica 3-0 in the first game. MidAmerica was first in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings before the games with a 10-2 record.
BU mens tennis team
dominates league foes
The Baker University mens tennis team was unbeatable at home last week, pounding William Jewell College 8-1 Thursday and Lindenwood University 6-3 on Saturday. Freshmen Jose Mota of Brago, Portugal, and Joe Ahmadian of Dallas continued their success in No. 2 doubles with an 8-6 victory and also won their singles matches. Senior John Henderson of Oklahoma City was dominant in No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
The womens team rebounded from a loss to Jewell Thursday by beating Lindenwood 6-3 Saturday. Freshman Marti Eidson of Weatherford, Texas, teamed up with junior Virginia Brown of Anthony to win No. 1 doubles, then Eidson picked up another victory in No. 1 singles. Freshmen Ashley Hutchison of Russell and Megan Lamb of Hesston paired up for a win in No. 2 doubles and also won their singles matches. Freshman Taylor McKinley of Littleton, Colo., had a hard-fought victory in her singles match. She lost the first set 6-4, fought back for a 7-5 victory and then won the superbreaker 10-5.
The tennis team will take a road trip this weekend to play McKendree College Friday in Lebanon, Ill., and the University of Illinois-Springfield on Saturday. The Cats return home to host Emporia State University at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lewis claims golf title
Baker University junior Libby Lewis of Syracuse won the William Woods University Invitational April 5-6 in Fulton, Mo., with a score of 153 over the 36-hole course. Close behind, senior Jordan Beam-Ward of Overland Park placed fourth with a 163.
Head coach Karen Exon said freshman Laura Baker of Overland Park and junior Leslie Bowerman of Derby continue to improve and helped the Cats place second behind the host team. The Wildcats' next event is the William Jewell College Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Claycrest Country Club in Liberty, Mo.
Freshmen Cole Esau of Hesston and Dave Tregemba of Castle Rock, Colo., led the men's golf team at the William Jewell College Invitational Thursday and Friday in Liberty, Mo. Esau shot a 78 on the first day and an 81 on the final day for a 159. Tregemba shot 80s on both days for a 160 in the 16-team tournament. The Wildcats' next major tournament will be the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship April 22-23 in Bolivar, Mo., at Shiloh Springs.
Trio of BU pitchers
help to defeat Lindenwood
The Baker University baseball team rebounded from a string of close losses with a 6-5 defeat of Lindenwood University in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at home.
Head coach Phil Hannon credited a good pitching performance by junior Nate Schweitzer of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, for keeping the Cats in the game. Freshman reliever Randy Sutcliffe of Lee's Summit, Mo., stopped the Lions momentum and senior Jason Patty of El Dorado closed the game out.
Freshman Logan Peck of San Diego provided plenty of punch, but the Cats lost two close games to Central Methodist College on April 6. The Cats lost the first game 7-5 and the second game 8-7. Peck hit three home runs and Patty added two.
The Cats played Missouri Valley College on Wednesday in Marshall, Mo., but results were not available at press time. Baker will play Sterling College Saturday in Sterling, then host Avila University at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Baker softball team
rebounds with 12-5 win
The Baker University softball team bounced back from a 6-5 loss in the first game against Benedictine April 7 at home with a dominating 12-5 victory in the finale. The Cats had 12 hits (batting .400) with 11 stolen bases in the second game. The Senior Day doubleheader versus Graceland on Saturday was postponed. A rain date has not been set.
The Cats play Culver-Stockton College at 3 p.m. today in Canton, Mo., then travel to St. Charles, Mo., to take on Lindenwood University at 1 p.m. Sunday. Baker will also play Missouri Valley College at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Marshall, Mo.
The Baker University track teams dominated Ottawa University and Benedictine College during the Baker Invitational April 7 at home.
Freshman LaTasha Roberts of Louisburg led the womens team with victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran the first leg of the victorious 800-meter relay team to finish the day. Roberts finished the 100 in 12.49 seconds, less than one-tenth of a second from qualifying for the national championship. Sophomore Juli Bohlmeyer of Liberty, Mo., won the shot put and discus. The women scored 96 points, defeating runner-up Ottawa by 31.5 points.
Junior Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., won the shot put by more than seven feet with a toss of 51-feet, 11-inches, automatically qualifying him for the national championship. Junior Josh Flett of Wellsville won the discus throw by 13 feet with a distance of 153-feet, 1-inch, and provisionally qualified for nationals. The 800-meter relay team set the school record in the day's final event with a time of 1:30.58. The men scored 92 points, outscoring runner-up Benedictine by 32 points.
The teams travel to Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday for the Mule Relays hosted by Central Missouri State University.
Baker alumni game
New Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner had planned on bringing back the alumni game, with this year's game orginally set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Liston Stadium.
However, the game has been postponed as a result of the death of freshman football player Shawn Trager, who died from injuries sustained in a Tuesday car wreck. Trager's funeral is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Chillicothe, Mo.
The game may be rescheduled, but a determination has not yet been made.
The game will be followed with a cookout for alumni in the stadium parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and a social at The Lodge at 5:30 p.m.