Baker University sports roundup
Home runs power Baker past Avila University
The Baker University softball team continues to roll as it defeated Avila University in a doubleheader on Tuesday evening at Cavaness Field.
Game one saw Baker (19-11, 8-2 HAAC) take an early 1-0 lead in the second inning before adding two more runs in the third. Avila battled back to score one run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to tie the game before Baker was finally able to seal the game in the bottom of the sixth on an Erin Greenwood single.
Greenwood went 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s while Heather Gruber and Brittany Vollenweider each added RBIs of their own.
Greenwood went the distance on the mound pitching a complete game while giving up eight hits and three earned runs in the victory.
Game two saw Avila (1-19, 1-7 HAAC) jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Baker quickly answered in the bottom half thanks to a lead-off homer by Renata Dill on the first pitch of the inning.
Baker regained the lead in the third inning for good after Brooke Allen doubled to deep center and Katie Worley followed up with a two-run homer to deep left field. Cami Williams added to the total with a two-run blast in the fourth.
Baker cracked the game wide open in the sixth inning with four runs to seal the game with an 11-3 run rule.
Softball squad split two weekend series
The Baker University softball team continues to make huge strides under second-year head coach Matt Windle.
On Friday, the Wildcats defeated No. 24 MidAmerica Nazarene University in extra innings, scoring the winning run in the 10th inning when a Baker player was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Maggie Holmberg was stellar again, pitching 10 innings of shutout ball while giving up just five hits in the 1-0 victory at Cavaness Field.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Wildcats lost 3-1. Brittany Vollenweider homered in the second inning for Baker’s lone run.
“It was a good step for us,” Windle said. “We played some good competition to open the season down in Arkansas and Texas. I think these girls are ready to compete with anybody in our conference.”
On Saturday, Baker split a doubleheader with Benedictine in Atchison. The Wildcats dropped the first game 9-6 and won the second 2-1. Brooke Allen, Erin Greenwood and Annie Hannon knocked in two runs apiece in the first game. Greenwood went the distance in game two, surrendering zero earned runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.
Holmberg went 1-for-3 with one RBI and Vollenweider added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a pinch-hit single up the middle to score Kayla Morse from second.
Baker (17-11 overall and 6-2 in the HAAC) will play host to William Woods at 5 p.m. Friday.
Baseball team splits with St. Mary
Baker finished its non-conference baseball schedule on Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader with the University of St. Mary at Sauder Field. The Wildcats dropped the first game, 3-2 in 10 innings, and rallied for a 3-2 victory in the second game.
Brandon Truitt and Bryan Kindle both drove in runs in the first game.
Baker’s Zach Durr pitched three innings, giving up no hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts in the first game. Sean McAlister pitched two scoreless innings before St. Mary scored in the sixth and seventh innings. St. Mary scored the go-ahead run in the 10th on a close play at the plate.
In the second game, the Spires scored two runs in the fourth inning but were blanked the rest of the way. In the fifth inning, Matthew Fry scored on an error while Brandon Truitt knocked in Jose Orozco and Bryan Kindle on a game-winning single.
Pitchers Taylor Edging and Brian Replogle combined for the victory.
Over the weekend, Baker dropped four games to Avila. On Saturday, Baker lost 1-0 and 5-2 in Kansas City, and on Sunday, Baker lost 4-0 and 7-4 at Sauder Field.
Baker (10-17, 4-11 HAAC) will play host to William Jewell at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Sauder Field.