Baker sports roundup
team heats up
Senior Jerod Rigdon of Caney, Kan., extended his hitting streak to 11 games against Hastings on Sunday, and the Baker University Wildcats have won eight of their last 13 games dating back to a doubleheader sweep of Kansas Wesleyan on March 10.
Junior Ryan Kimm of Mapleton, Minn., and junior Evan Durnal of Baldwin City came through with clutch hitting during a 5-3 defeat of Newman Friday in Wichita. Both knocked in runs with two outs. Freshman Randy Sutcliffe of Lee's Summit, Mo., pitched all nine innings to earn the victory.
Junior Nathan Schweitzer of Alberta, Canada, allowed just one hit in a 2-1 victory against Bethany College on Wednesday. Baker also picked up a victory in the second game of the doubleheader, 4-3.
The Cats played their first Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader versus MidAmerica Nazarene University Tuesday at home, but results were not available at press time. Baker's next game will be on Saturday, when the 'Cats host Graceland University for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
Softball team defeats
Huron 4-2 during spring break swing
Baker University's softball team defeated Huron University 4-2 on March 13 in the Pittsburg State Tournament in Pittsburg, Kan., as part of an eight-game spring break schedule.
The Cats fell to the host team twice during the tournament and once to Newman University. Baker lost to Oklahoma Christian University on March 15 in Oklahoma City and Central Methodist College at home on Saturday to conclude spring break.
"We faced some tough competition and good pitching," head coach Jennifer Wright said. "We didn't hit as well as we should or have been and left too many runners on base. We hope to turn things around at the beginning of our conference games."
Baker's planned game versus Avila University on Tuesday was rescheduled for April 24 because of muddy field conditions on Avila's field. The Cats next game will at the Avila Tournament Friday and Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
Women's golf team mixes community service, golf on spring break trip
The Baker womens golf team traveled to Gulf Shores, Ala., over spring break as part of a larger university student/faculty/staff group led by University Minister Ira DeSpain. The entire group mixed typical spring break fun with a two and one-half day Habitat for Humanity work project for the Baldwin County, Alabama Habitat for Humanity.
The Wildcats worked all day Monday and Tuesday and half the day Wednesday, March 15-17 at the Baldwin County All Women's Build House. Golfers and head coach Karen Exon hung Sheetrock and put up exterior siding on the Habitat house project. Golfers also had the opportunity to engage in daily warm weather practice and work on course management skills on area courses such as The Woodlands, Cypress Bend, and Gulf Shores State Park. Range practices were held at the Rick Trevino Golf Complex at Orange Beach, Alabama.
The women enter spring season competition March 29-30 in Springfield, Missouri at the Evangel Spring Invitational.
Glover leads men's tennis team versus Johnson County
Senior Blake Glover of Baldwin City picked up two wins but Baker University fell to Johnson County 6-3 Tuesday at home.
Glover won No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-2, and teamed with freshman Jose Mota of Brago, Portugal to win No. 3 doubles. Junior Jon Richey of Wichita picked up a win at No. 5 singles.
Baker started a difficult spring break schedule against an NCAA Div. I school and finished with three rain delays in a match, but in-between swept Franklin & Marshall during a three-day, three-match series March 14-16 in Orlando, Fla.
The Cats lost a hard-fought match to Cleveland State University 4-3 on March 14. Senior Anthony Nguyen of Los Angeles fought back from a 6-3 defeat in the first set to win the match 7-6, 7-5. Mota also won his match, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Baker rebounded by defeating Franklin & Marshall College 5-0 on March 15. Three rain delays bogged down Baker's final day, March 16, and the Wildcats lost to Illinois Wesleyan University 5-2.
Women's tennis team ends spring break series with close loss
A challenging spring break schedule ended with a 6-3 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University March 16 in Orlando, Fla., for the Baker University womens tennis team.
The Wildcats played three teams from March 14-16 in Orlando. Baker fell to Cleveland State University 4-0 on March 14 and to the University of North Dakota 5-0 on March 15.
Against Illinois Wesleyan on the final day, freshman Marti Eidson of Weatherford, Texas, won No. 1 singles in a 6-4, 7-5. Freshman Megan Lamb of Hesston, Kan., earned a hard-fought victory in No. 5 singles 3-6, 6-3, (10-8). Sophomore Libby Hillman of Ransom, Kan., and freshman Taylor McKinley of Littleton, Colo., teamed up for an 8-2 victory in No. 3 doubles.
"The girls played great and fought hard despite the three rain delays," head coach Regan Dodd said.
Baker challenged Johnson County on Wednesday in Overland Park, but results were not available at press time.
Allen signs six to 2004 volleyball roster
Head Baker University volleyball coach Kathy Allen has signed six players, increasing her roster size to 19 women for 2004.
Those signed are freshman Haydon Hubbel, a 5-foot-9-inch outside hitter/defensive specialist from Baldwin City; freshman Suzanne Wolverton, a 5-9 setter/right-side hitter from Olathe; freshman Tabitha Anthony, a 5-9 outside hitter from Olathe; sophomore Jenifer Koelzer, a 5-8 setter from Kansas City, Kan.; freshman Ashley Pike, a 5-10 outside hitter from Overland Park; and freshman Laura Drovetta, a 6-0 middle hitter from Gardner.