The baseball season ended April 25 on senior day after a four-game split with the Avila University Eagles. The Wildcats finished last in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings at 6-20, and did not make the conference tournament.
Four new schools have been added to the HAAC Conference. Grand View and William Penn will join Baker, while Clarke University and Mount Mercy will begin their time in the conference the following year.
Assistant Sports Editor Jim Joyner weighs in on the bench-clearing altercations between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.
Hosting Avila on April 14 at Cavaness Field, the Baker Wildcats dropped the first game 2-0 to the Eagles but redeemed themselves in game two with a walk-off 3-2 victory in the 10th inning.
The women’s track and field team finished in third place and the men in fourth place at the Gourley Open hosted by William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, April 10-11. Both teams were competing within a mixed group of competition varying from NCAA Division II to community colleges.
The baseball team was swept for the second consecutive season against rival MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. The Wildcats struggled to convert in the clutch, and the losses keep Baker in last place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings at 4-14.
The Baker softball team is now 5-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference after splitting a series with the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers on April 4 and being swept at home by Evangel on April 7. The previous week, the Wildcats swept Peru State and were swept by Benedictine.
The Baker University women’s golf team won its first tournament of the spring, while the men placed fourth in their first invitational last week.
The Baker University track and field teams excelled in the 74th Annual Baker Relays. The women won with 275.5 points and the men won with 274 points on the day at their first home outdoor meet of the season on April 4 at Liston Stadium.
April 4 was one to remember for the baseball team. Baker captured its first conference sweep of the season against Culver-Stockton with wins of 4-0 and 4-3 at Sauder Field in Baldwin City. In the first game, junior Seth Jones threw his first collegiate no-hitter.