Baker University sports roundup
Wildcats roll past Peru State
Baker University welcomed Peru State into the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a commanding 55-12 football victory on Saturday at Liston Stadium for its first 2-0 start since 2000.
The Wildcats, who have won seven in a row, amassed 468 yards of offense while limiting the Bobcats to 111 yards. Senior running back John Babb led the Wildcats with 11 carries and 129 rushing yards. Sophomore quarterback Jake Morse threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
“Getting off to a 2-0 start is huge for us,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “I think we’re a young but experienced team.”
The Wildcats led 34-6 at halftime and 48-12 after three quarters.
Baker limited the Bobcats to minus-59 rushing yards on 18 attempts.
The Wildcats will meet Evangel at 6 p.m. Saturday in Springfield, Mo.
Men's soccer team remains unbeaten with fourth shutout
Senior midfielder Steven Stewart scored the decisive goal in the 41st minute on Saturday against Columbia College at North Park, lifting the Baker men’s soccer team to its fourth consecutive 1-0 victory to open the season.
“That goal really settled us heading into the half,” Wildcat head coach Nate Houser said. “Our defense did a great job in the second half settling in and dealing with their pressure.”
Wildcat goalkeeper Matt Bickley recorded his third consecutive shutout, saving three shots.
Baker will return to action on Sept. 9 when it travels to Siloam Springs, Ark., to face John Brown University.
Runners sweep Maple Leaf Invitational
Baker University’s men’s and women’s cross country team swept the season-opening Maple Leaf Invitational at Baldwin City Golf Course on Saturday.
Baker sophomore Lauran Jaqua placed first overall in the women’s 4-kilometer race, finishing in 15 minutes, 43 seconds. Wildcats Ashley McBride (third, 16:01) and Kerry Kurta (fourth, 16:12) also placed in the top five as Baker finished with 24 points.
In the men’s 5k race, Baker junior Aaron Caldwell placed seventh in 16:32 to lead the Wildcats. Junior Eric Larson finished ninth in 16:46 to help Baker compile 53 points.
“We did exactly what we wanted out there today,” Baker head coach Zach Kindler said. “We’re definitely going to celebrate this one.”
The Wildcats return to action on Sept. 17 at the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.
Women's soccer rally past Park
Down by two goals at halftime, No. 5-ranked Baker University rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory over Park University on Friday in Parkville, Mo.
Alix Schiraldi scored two key goals late. Trailing 3-2, Schiraldi evened the score at 3-all in the 86th minute before connecting on the game-winner in the 98th minute. Alexa Fryer and Jordan Dolbin also added goals in the contest.
The Wildcats (2-1) will travel to Siloam Springs, Ark., to face John Brown University on Sept. 9.
Volleyball goes 2-2 at weekend tournament
Baker University beat No. 20 Dordt College and Concordia University on Friday before falling to Hastings and Lubbock Christian on Saturday at the Bellevue (Neb.) Tournament.
Savannah Smith, Jana Boss and Jasmyn Turner recorded double-digit kills in the 3-1 victory over Dordt. Boss also contributed 35 assists and Brooke Allen had 22 digs.
Smith and Turner had eight kills apiece in a 3-0 victory over Concordia.
On Saturday against Lubbock Christian, Boss had 13 kills and 32 assists to lead Baker.
For their efforts, Allen and Boss were selected as the Heart of America Athletic Conference libero and setter of the week. Allen averaged 5.79 digs per game while posting a reception percentage of .938 with four service aces. Boss averaged 8.14 assists while also tallying 2.43 kills per game.
The Wildcats (3-5) opened conference play on Sept. 6 against Missouri Valley in Marshall, Mo. They will be host to Midland (Neb.), Oklahoma City, Spring Hill (Ala.) and John Brown (Ark.) at the weekend Baker Tournament at the Collins Center.