Baker University sports roundup
Top-seed MidAmerica Nazarene survives Wildcats
MidAmerica Nazarene, the No. 1 seed in the Heart of America Athletic men’s basketball tournament, hung on for a 66-63 victory over No. 8 Baker on Thursday in Olathe.
In the closing seconds, a MidAmerica Nazarene defender blocked a shot by Baker’s Heath Baird. MidAmerica Nazarene’s Brenton Bell made two free throws to give the Pioneers a three-point advantage. Baird’s shot from half-court rimmed out, allowing MidAmerica Nazarene to advance to the HAAC semifinals.
Senior Justin Houser scored a team-high 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Wildcats. Baird, a senior, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Malcolm Greer chipped in 11 points and had nine rebounds to finish the season as Baker’s top scorer with a 13.5 scoring average. Greer was selected for the all-HAAC third team.
The Wildcats finished the season with a 9-22 record.
Avila ousts Baker from HAAC women’s tournament
Avila’s Ashley Townsend hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 65-62 victory over Baker University on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament.
Sophomore Aubree Gustin scored 13 points and freshman Gloria Atanmo contributed 10 points to lead the Wildcats, who finished the season with a 15-16 record.
Wildcats opens conference with split
Baker University opened the Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball season over the weekend with two splits against Evangel in Springfield, Mo.
On Friday, Baker won the first game 12-2, fueled by three runs in the second inning, four in the fourth and four in the seventh. The Wildcats banged 16 hits, including five home runs. Nick Peterson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Chad Griffin went 2-for-4 with two solo homers. Dustin Moomau and Brandon Truitt also homered. Vidal Nuno was the winning pitcher, going the distance, striking out seven in seven innings.
In the second game, Baker lost 6-3. Andy Hannon had three hits to lead the Wildcats. Griffin and Truitt had two hits apiece.
On Saturday, Baker lost the first game 9-4 after Evangel scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth. Griffin, Zandy Hall-Woodruff and Moomau homered for the Wildcats.
In the second game, Baker trailed 5-0 before rallying for a 9-5 victory. The Wildcats scored twice in the top of the fifth and seven in the top of the sixth. Truitt was 3-for-4. Peterson was 2-for-3. Jared Herbert drove in three runs.
On Tuesday, March 3, Baker split a doubleheader with Kansas Wesleyan in Salina. The Wildcats lost the opener, 6-5 in eight innings, and won the second game, 10-4.
In the first game, the Wildcats scored three of their runs in the top of the second. Chad Griffin popped a solo homer and Steven Stewart knocked in two runs with a hit.
In the fifth inning, Griffin belted his second homer.
Griffin went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs to lead Baker. Stewart finished 2-for-4.
In the second game, the Wildcats scored two in the third, three in the fourth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Hannon, Moomau, Woodruff-Hall and Jeremy Wright knocked in two runs apiece. Wright and Herbert had two hits apiece.
Baker (5-6 overall and 2-2 in the HAAC) was scheduled to play two games against Culver-Stockton on Wednesday, March 11. Next for Baker is a home doubleheader against Missouri Valley on March 14.
Baker softball splits doubleheader
Baker cruised to a 9-1 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University before falling 14-11 in the second game of a softball doubleheader on Wednesday, March 4, at Cavaness Field.
In the first game, Katie Worley (2-for-4 with two runs) and Kim Gilges (2-for-2) highlighted the offense. Amanda Phelps was the winning pitcher.
In the second game, Baker belted 18 hits with Brooke Allen going 5-for-5. Other multi-hit performers were Kim Gilges (3-for-5), Allie Losey (2-for-4), Amanda Phelps (2-for-3) and Stephanie Allen (2-for-3).
On Friday, Baker was swept by Grand View, 1-0 and 6-1. The Wildcats (1-5) managed just two hits in the first game. In the second game, Worley had three of Baker’s six hits.
For spring break next week, the Wildcats will play at a tournament in Orlando, Fla.