Chris Cummins pitches no-hitter in 10-0 win

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baseball:Pitcher Joe Kaup releases a pitch in the top of the fifth inning Saturday, March 21, at Sauder Field against Central Methodist University.:Emily Hink

It was all about splits for the Baker University baseball team over spring break as the 'Cats played 12 games in the short week off.

The Wildcats returned from spring break 6-6, but most importantly, improved their conference record to 8-6 and sit at 11-12 overall.

Last weekend, the 'Cats welcomed Central Methodist University to a four-game home series.

Baker got off to a slow start Saturday, losing 6-2. The team recorded just three hits to accompany three errors in the field.

"We had opportunities to get back into that game, but just couldn't score runners," junior Chad Griffin said.

Baker did not waste any time in game two, as the team run-ruled the Eagles in five innings, 10-0.

Freshman Chris Cummins pitched a no-hitter and faced just 16 batters.

Senior Andy Hannon went a perfect three-for-three at the plate and freshman Jared Herbert and junior Tad Eubanks collected two hits apiece.

Herbert said Cummins' performance on the mound sparked the team to a blowout.

"Chris played real well," he said. "He started and led us to win that 10-0 game."

Baker came out slow against the Eagles in game one of Sunday's doubleheader, losing 5-4 in an extra eighth inning.

Though the team out-hit Central Methodist 10 hits to four, the 'Cats stranded nine on base and struggled to execute runs offensively.
Head coach Phil Hannon said the game came down to a few hits here and there for both teams.

"We lost opportunities when we had them, and the ball just didn't bounce our way," Hannon said. 

Baker closed the series on a positive note, capturing a close 5-4 victory. The game remained locked at four entering the seventh inning.

Herbert was the hero at the plate, snatching the game-winning hit with two outs to score junior Dustin Moomau for the go-ahead run.

"I just got a pitch I could handle and he threw the same pitch twice, and lucky enough, I got a hit," Herbert said.

Hannon said he was proud of the collective team effort to pull through and grab the win.

"It was a total team effort, and that's what you need when you play those one-run ball games," Hannon said. "Herbert's two-out double to put us ahead, and it was a total team effort to win."

Baker traveled to St. Charles, Mo., Wednesday to take on Lindenwood University in a doubleheader.

Baker came through in the extended 10 inning game to win 4-3. Senior Vidal Nuno pitched all 10 innings to grab the ‘W'.

The ‘Cats were out of gas in game two, losing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh.

Freshman Nathan Wheelock pitched all seven innings.

The 'Cats travel to Kansas City, Mo., Saturday to begin a four-game series against Avila University.

The series will wrap up with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sauder Field.

Avila is 11-13 overall this season with a 9-5 record in the conference.

Currently, the Eagles are on a three-game losing streak after dropping a series to Culver-Stockton College.

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