Baker sports roundup
Baker rallies, but can't upset No. 8 Lindenwood on Charlie Richard Day
Baker University fell victim to big plays by Lindenwood's defense in a 35-21 loss Saturday on Charlie Richard Day at Liston Stadium.
The Wildcats wore black uniforms with orange numbers to honor late coach Charlie Richard, who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in August. More than 300 of Richard's former players and their families were honored at halftime.
Baker outgained Lindenwood in total offense yards 369 to 347, but a blocked punt and five interceptions put the Lions in good field position throughout the game.
The Lions led 20-0 in the first quarter on a blocked punt for a safety, a 50-yard touchdown pass, a 51-yard interception return, and a 33-yard run. Baker's Bruce Rogers and Brandon Hubbard blocked Lindenwood's first two extra-point attempts and the third kick bounced off the left upright. The Lions scored again in the second quarter after an interception gave Lindenwood the ball at Baker's 1-yard line.
Senior John Reeves of Palestine, Texas, put Baker on the board with a 22-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive and cut the score to 28-7. Lindenwood scored another touchdown to lead 35-7 in the third quarter.
The Baker offense came together in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Brian Sheppard of Destrehan, La., found Reeves in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard drive and cut the score to 35-14. With 2:39 left in the game, Reeves capped a 59-yard drive with a 1-yard dive.
Sheppard finished with 21 completions for 209 yards and two touchdown passes. Reeves had 155 yards rushing with a touchdown and 34 yards receiving with a touchdown. Freshman Elliot Gonzalez of Hollywood, Florida, had two sacks.
The Lions improved to 8-0. Baker is 4-3 and will face Benedictine College Saturday in Atchison, Kan.
Men's soccer team remains undefeated in HAAC
Marty Johnston scored two goals and Baker University's top-rated defense held tight in a 3-0 victory against Benedictine College Thursday in Baldwin City.
The win kept Baker undefeated in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with just one game remaining. The Wildcats played Graceland University Tuesday in Lamoni, Iowa, but results were not available at press time.
Johnston, a sophomore from Leawood, is one of the top scorers in the conference. He is third in goals per game (0.93) and points per game (2.26) with 14 goals and six assists in 15 games.
Sophomore Bret Clark of Shawnee and senior Pat McNamara of Raytown, Mo., split duties at goalkeeper for the shutout. They are the top two goalkeepers in the league, with both allowing fewer than 0.70 goals per game.
Baker was ranked No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25 poll.