Junior Caleb Lee has taken an interesting journey with Baker University’s baseball team, but after two years away, he is now back in Baldwin City as a starting pitcher.
The men and women’s tennis teams spent the weekend in Belleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, for matches April 15-16. The women’s team won three out of the four matches, while the men collected two wins.
Baker baseball has picked up momentum at exactly the right time. The Wildcats swept Peru State in a four-game series April 16-17 at Sauder Field and have now won seven straight games with only three more series remaining before the end of the regular season.
The Baker softball team split a pair of games with Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent Missouri Valley on Wednesday afternoon at Cavaness Field. The Wildcats won game one on the run rule 8-0 but fell 5-4 in game two.
The baseball team captured its first sweep in Heart of America Athletic Conference play this season by winning two games on April 12 against the William Penn Statesmen. The Wildcats are now in ninth place and a half-game back of William Penn for eighth and a spot in the Heart tournament.
Seven Baker athletes took first-place honors in the Ottawa University Invitational Saturday. The BU track and field teams competed at the meet along with seven other schools.
The baseball team faced off with MidAmerica Nazarene in a four-game series Friday and Saturday in Olathe. MNU was able to get the better of the Wildcats as the Pioneers won three of the four games in the series. The Pioneers outscored the Wildcats by a total of 32 runs to 13.
The Baker softball team spent the weekend in Iowa, where the Wildcats played doubleheaders against William Penn University on Saturday and Graceland on Sunday. The Wildcats finished the trip with one win against William Penn and lost to Graceland by small margins in both games, 2-0 and 2-1.
Former Baker football players Tucker Pauley and Tyrell Everett gave their college football careers at least one more game after participating in the 2016 Globe Bowl along with a pro day in Allentown, Pennsylvania, during the first weekend in April.
Staff writer Bailey Conklin believes Baker athletic success at the national level is something to celebrate, but the university needs to spend more time deciding how and when to celebrate.