Baker sports roundup
BU mens tennis team
falls in conference championship
Special to the Signal
The Baker University mens tennis team made it to the conference and region championship before falling to Graceland University Saturday in St. Joseph, Mo.
The tournament combined the Heart of America Athletic Conference and American Midwest Conference championships with the NAIA Region V championship.
The Yellowjackets are ranked 20th in the latest NAIA poll. If the Cats had won, they would have been invited to the national championship. Baker defeated Missouri Valley College 5-1 and Lindenwood University 5-2 on Friday to advance to the finals.
The women lost to McKendree College in the first round on Friday.
Softball team sweeps,
moves up in standings
The Baker University softball team continued to climb in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings with a sweep of Graceland University Monday and a split with Missouri Valley College Tuesday.
The Wildcats have won nine of their last 11 games and are now sitting in third. Freshman Jana Smith of Topeka pitched Baker to a victory in its first game Tuesday, allowing just three hits in a 4-0 shutout. A 2-1 loss in the second game broke a four-game winning streak.
Baker played Avila University Wednesday to close the regular season, but results were not available at press time. The Wildcats play in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday at MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe.
Lewis, Beam-Ward lead
BU womens golf team
Junior Libby Lewis of Syracuse and senior Jordan Beam-Ward of Overland Park led Baker University on Tuesday at the conference/region championship in Springfield, Mo.
The two-day tournament features members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and American Midwest Conference fighting for conference titles as well as the NAIA Region V title. After the first day, Baker was third in the conference and fourth in the region. Lewis shot an 83 and Beam-Ward shot an 84. Results from Wednesday were not available at press time.
Esau makes all-conference
to lead men's golf team
Freshman Cole Esau placed seventh overall to make the all-conference team and lead Baker University at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Thursday and Friday in Springfield, Mo.
Esau, a freshman from Hesston, shot a 75 over 18 holes on the first day and 38 over nine holes on a rain-shortened second day for a 113. Freshman David Tregemba of Castle Rock, Colo., tied with Esau on the first day, then shot a 41 on the second day for a 116. Freshman Matt Bigham of Gardner shot a 35 on the second day to lead the Cats.
Baker placed fourth in the championship with a 465, just two strokes behind third place.
Baker baseball team
falls to MidAmerica
The Baker University baseball team fell to MidAmerica Nazarene University in both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday in Olathe.
Junior Jay Small of Shawnee hit a home run but the Pioneers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 4-3 victory in the first game. Baker fell 5-2 in the second game.
The Wildcats had late-inning clutch hitting but could not overcome Kansas Wesleyan University Sunday in Salina. Baker led 5-3 in the eighth inning of the first game (college doubleheaders are seven innings long) but allowed three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Cats led 6-3 in the ninth inning of the second game before falling 9-6.
The Wildcats hosted Evangel University Wednesday for their final home game of the season, but results were not available at press time. Baker plays Culver-Stockton College Saturday in Canton, Mo., and closes the regular season by playing the University of Kansas at 7 p.m. Monday in Lawrence. The Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament begins May 6.