Baker sports roundup
Baker women close regular season with win
Baker University’s women’s basketball team closed the regular season with a 72-61 victory over Graceland on Monday at the Collins Center.
Senior Kaitlin Schneden scored a team-high 19 points and had five assists to lift the Wildcats. Senior Lauren Shufelberger contributed 16 points and sophomore Aubree Gustin chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcats advanced to the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament with a 15-15 overall record and 9-11 mark in the HAAC. Baker, the tourney’s No. 6 seed, opened against No. 3 Avila on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. The winner advanced to the semifinals on Friday to play the Lindenwood-Atchison winner.
Wildcat men qualify for HAAC tournament
Behind a balanced offense, Baker popped Graceland 96-87 on Monday at the Collins Center to secure a spot in the Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament.
Senior Heath Baird scored 22 points with four three-pointers to lead Baker to its fifth 90-point game of the season. Malcolm Greer (21 points), Brock Entner (17) and Bret Shaw (10) also scored in double figures. Entner connected on four threes.
Baker (9-21 overall and 7-13 in the HAAC) is the No. 8 seed for the conference tournament. The Wildcats will open with MidAmerica Nazarene, the No. 1 seed and conference champion, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Olathe.
Baker falls in tennis opener
Baker University won two singles matches and two doubles matches in a 5-4 women’s tennis loss to Missouri Western State on Saturday, Feb. 28, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Baker’s Jen Ackerly and Katie James were victorious in No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. The two Wildcats partnered for a victory in No. 3 doubles. Baker’s Laura Caby and Rebekah Gulley won in No. 2 doubles.
Wildcats split with Rogers State
Baker University split a baseball doubleheader with Rogers State on Sunday in Claremore, Okla. The Wildcats won the opener, 9-3, and lost the second game, 14-5.
In the first game, Vidal Nuno was the winning pitcher in the seven-inning contest. He struck out six batters in the complete-game effort.
Andy Hannon and Chad Griffin both went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Wildcat offense. Jeremy Wright was 2-for-3 with two runs and a double. Dustin Moomau scored three runs.
In the second game, Baker scored all five of its runs in the second inning. Hannon was 3-for-4 with a double. Wright drove in two runs.
The Wildcats (2-3) were scheduled to play at Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday, March 3. They open conference play March 6-7 at Evangel University. Baker’s next home games are Wednesday, March 11 against Culver-Stockton.