Monday, February 29, 2016

Baldwin Community Choral Concert to be Held March 8

One Voice: A Baldwin Community Concert will be held Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 in the Baldwin High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
The concert will feature choirs from Baker University, Cathy Crispino director, Baldwin High School, Erin Buffum director, and the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice, directed by Kelley Bethell-Smith.  Nanette Kraus is accompanist at Baker University. Gary Keller will accompany the other groups. Among the program's offerings will be pieces by William Byrd, Aaron Copland, Gerald Finzi, and contemporary American composers RenĂ© Clausen, David Dickau, and John Leavitt.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Baker's Clae Martin Named Heart Freshman of the Year

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University guard Clae Martin was named the 2015-16 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year, announced on Monday.

The freshman out of Sydney, Australia becomes the first Wildcat named conference freshman of the year since teammate Javeion Gray earned the award in 2013-14.

Martin averaged 8.2 points per game and knocked down a team-high 65 three-point field goals to lead the team and shot 43.6-percent from three-point range. That shooting percentage placed him No. 22 in the NAIA. He started in 21 of 29 games this season.

Gray also made news on Monday, as he was named to his second-straight Heart All-Conference team, being named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team for the second year in a row.

Baker finished up the 2015-16 season on Saturday, in a 92-66 loss at No. 11 ranked William Penn. The ‘Cats finished the season 12-17 overall and 8-14 in the Heart.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Macy Wallisch Wins Third-Straight Heart Defensive Player of the Year

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University senior center Macy Wallisch won an unprecedented third-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year award, announced on Monday.

The 6-3 senior was also named to the 2015-16 Heart of America Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference.

She currently ranks No. 4 in the NAIA in total blocks with 86 and is the all-time leader in blocked shots for Baker with 297.

Wallisch is fourth on the team in scoring averaging 10.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.1 boards per game.

Joining her on the 2015-16 Heart All-Conference list includes seniors Jami Hodge and Ericka Simpson on the Second Team All-Conference team and Kelsey Larson was named to the Heart Honorable Mention All-Conference team.

Simpson leads the Wildcats in scoring at 12.1 per game and in assists with 83. Hodge leads the team in steals with 70 and ranks No. 15 nationally in that category.

Larson has been proficient from three-point range, leading the country in three-point field percentage at 51.9-percent.

The Wildcats enter this week’s Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Culver-Stockton this Thursday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. Baker is currently 22-7 on the year and captured its fourth-straight season with 20 or more wins.

SOFTBALL: Brees Named Heart Pitcher of the Week in Back-to-Back Week's

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After throwing a no-hitter in Baker University’s game one win over McPherson on Saturday, freshman phenom Olivia Brees was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week, announced on Monday.

The Meridan, Kansas native struck out seven batters in the victory over the Bulldogs and just missed out on a perfect game, as she walked two batters.

She became the first Wildcat to throw a no-hitter since Mallorie Nelson on Apr. 22, 2015.

Brees is now 6-0 for the Wildcats with a 1.93 ERA. Baker is now 9-4 on the season and will host Bethany on Tuesday, Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. inside Cavaness Field.

Walk-Off win Gives Wildcats Baseball Split Against Pirates

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After dropping game one to Park University, 10-6, Baker University stormed back for a split in the series with the Pirates with a walk-off win in game two, 6-5, on a base hit from Marcus Jones in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Tyler Cawley.

With the split, Baker stands at 3-7 overall, while Park moved to 9-5 on the season.
In game one, Baker’s ace Seth Jones got the start and lasted five innings, but allowed five earned runs. The Pirates started the game off hot, with three first inning runs.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

Jordan David came in, in relief and only lasted 0.2 innings, giving up for runs and four hits. Charlie Coleman led the way offensively for Baker with his 3-for-4 day and two RBI.

Gabe Greenbaum also knocked in two runs and Cody Gregory, Travis Johnson and Cort Brennan all had two hits.

In game two, Marcus Jones had the big hit to win the game, but teammates Coleman, Austin Bass and Greenbauam all had two hits apiece.

Justin Bye made a return to the mound with the game two start and threw four innings, allowing just three earned runs and he struck out six batters.

Jack Mayes didn’t allow an earned run and Wes Boehm earned the win with his scoreless seventh inning, in which he struck out two batters.

Baker is scheduled to next travel to Parkville, Missouri to face the Pirates on Mar. 1 for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

Game 1

NAIA Baseball Box Score
Park (Mo.)3030040
Baker (Kan.)1200102

Park (Mo.)

J. Lozano Jr. RF511030
T. Schaareman SS534125
S. Boyer CF421110
R. Torres-Castillo DH421200
J. Scavuzzo 1B301140
C. Doherty PR010040
C. Delgadillo C302043
E. Ross PR000000
J. Watt 3B202213
A. Garcia 2B300013
E. Smith LF410010
J. Williams P000000
T. Townsend P000000
Totals 33 10 12 7 21 14

J. Williams5.010432424
T. Townsend2.0220019
Totals 7.0 12 6 3 2 5 33

 Baker (Kan.)
N. Boyce CF510030
G. Greenbaum 2B311211
E. Jacks SS401012
S. Beal SS000001
C. Gregory DH302000
T. Johnson 3B412103
C. Brennan 1B412091
W. Summers C200031
J. Rashad PR010000
A. Bass LF411121
C. Coleman RF403220
S. Jones P000003
J. David P000000
T. Thompson P000000
Totals 33 6 12 6 21 13

S. Jones5.07653122
J. David0.2442006
T. Thompson1.1100225
Totals 7.0 12 10 7 5 3 33

 Game 2

NAIA Baseball Box Score
Team12345678 RHE
Park (Mo.)00212000
Baker (Kan.)0310011X

Park (MO.)
A. Garcia 2B412001
T. Schaareman SS211019
S. Boyer CF411110
R. Torres-Castillo DH100100
A. Berenson 3B400111
E. Ross RF401110
C. Doherty 1B411082
D. Dowell C401164
L. Noel PR000000
E. Smith LF311021
J. Van Vacter P000002
Totals 30 5 8 5 20 20

J. Van Vacter6.210653530
Totals 6.2 10 6 5 3 5 30

Baker (Kan.)
N. Boyce CF400010
K. Delaquila DH200000
E. Coder PR000000
E. Rausch PH101000
C. Coleman RF412001
C. Gregory 1B300060
J. Rashad PR000000
T. Cawley 1B010010
A. Bass LF312100
T. Thompson 3B400013
M. Jones C402291
J. Hutmacher PR010000
S. Beal SS221112
G. Greenbaum 2B302222
J. Bye P000001
J. Mayes P000000
W. Boehm P000000
Totals 30 6 10 6 21 10

J. Bye4.06330617
J. Mayes2.02202210
W. Boehm1.0000023
Totals 7.0 8 5 3 2 10 30