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Baker University sports roundup

March 2, 2006

BU women fall in

HAAC semifinals

Benedictine College beat Baker University 86-54 in the semifinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference women's postseason basketball tournament on Saturday in Atchison.

While the Wildcats led for several minutes early, the Ravens used their advantage on the boards and hot shooting from three-point range to pull away from Baker.

Benedictine out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-24 and shot 45 percent from long range, hitting nine three-pointers. Meanwhile, Baker shot only 20 percent from deep and didn't make any in the second half.

Baker was led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Allie Heinen, who had 14 points and six boards for the Wildcats. Benedictine's Nicole Reilly and Angela Campbell were the leading scorers for the game, scoring 15 apiece.

The loss marked the last game for seniors Ashley Ohlman and Kelly Pavlik. In Ohlman's three seasons as a Wildcat, she scored a total of 1,093 points, good for sixth place all time in Baker women's basketball history. She finished her career with a record of 79-37 in three years.

Baker finished with a 17-15 record for the fifth consecutive winning season under coach Susan Decker.

Baker ousts Evangel

in quarterfinals

In one of its most exciting games of the season, Baker University advanced to the semifinals of the HAAC women's postseason basketball tournament by defeating Evangel University 84-77 in three overtimes Thursday in Springfield, Mo.

Baker led most of regulation, but Evangel fought back to force overtime after trailing 29-26 at the break. The Crusaders dominated the offensive glass and had 20 second-chance points to only eight for the Wildcats. However, the difference was at the free-throw line, where Baker was 27 of 34 (79 percent) and Evangel was five for 16 (31 percent).

At the end of the first two overtime periods, the Wildcats appeared to have the game locked up before Evangel rallied. Ashley Ohlman helped put the game away, scoring six of her 18 points in the final overtime.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by junior Molly Ediger, who had 22 points. She was four of six from three-point range. Sophomore Allie Heinen had 14 points and 11 rebounds while junior Emily Etcheberren contributed nine points and 11 rebounds.

Wildcat men fall to

MANU in postseason

Baker University men's basketball team kept up with the No. 3 seed MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers for the first half of their first-round HAAC tournament game but couldn't keep up the pace in the second period and lost 74-51.

The Wildcats trailed by one at halftime after holding the Pioneers to only 36 percent shooting from the field and one of six shooting from the free-throw line.

In the second half, the Pioneers came out on fire, shooting 50 percent from the field and from beyond the three-point arc. In addition, their free throw shooting improved greatly, hitting 13 of 15 from the line.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by juniors Nate Pedrow and Marc Roberts, who scored 10 points apiece for Baker. Pedrow also led the Wildcats in rebounding with 10 boards.

Baker ended the season at 16-15, its first overall winning record since 1998-99, and will return the majority of their roster, including second-leading scorer junior DJ Watkins (11.4 points) and Pedrow, who averaged 9.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks this year for the Wildcats.

Baker baseball falls

to William Woods

Baker University's baseball team couldn't gain momentum from its first win of the season Wednesday against Ottawa and fell to visiting William Woods University 8-0 and 7-5 in a doubleheader Saturday.

The Owls, who along with Baker are members of NAIA Region V, came into the game with a 2-0 record and took care of the Wildcats in the first game by scoring six runs in the first three innings.

Meanwhile, William Woods pitcher David Williams dominated the Wildcats from the mound, allowing only six hits and four walks while striking out three in seven innings.

However in the second game, Baker fought back after surrendering an early 3-0 lead by getting runs in the second and fourth innings to trail 4-2. The Wildcats roughed up WWU pitcher Chris Thomas, who gave up two runs in less than inning of work for the Owls.

Dan Carr and Leon Davenport each had strong games for the Wildcats, Carr going two for two with two RBIs and Davenport going one for three with two RBIs.

Baker softball pounds

St. Mary in twinbill

Baker University pounded St. Mary 24-2, 12-1 in a softball doubleheader Saturday in Leavenworth.

Two days after dominating Kansas City Kansas Community College in two home exhibitions, the Wildcats outclassed the St. Mary Spires with their bats.

In the first game, the Wildcats were led by Leslie Kersting at the plate, where she went four of four with three doubles. Katy Kendrick was also on fire for Baker, going two of four with two home runs.

Kersting clubbed two doubles in the second game. Jayde Allen also was effective from the plate, going three of four with a double and a triple.

The win pushed Baker's record to 2-0 heading into Tuesday's game with Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 3 -- Softball at Evangel Tournament, TBA, Springfield, Mo.

Saturday, March 4 -- Baseball at William Woods University, 1 p.m., Fulton, Mo.; Softball at Evangel Tournament, TBA, Springfield, Mo.

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