In Case You Missed It: April 8-10; Tennis squads showcase toughness

No. 4 Baylor men’s tennis beat Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State finish with a home record of 11-1 this season. Grace Everett | Photographer

By Marquis Cooley | Sports Editor

While most Baylor Athletics programs were on the road this weekend, both men’s and women’s tennis stepped up and gave Baylor fans quite a show at home, as each squad had several hours of intense matches last weekend. So here’s a run down of everything that happened in case you missed it.

“All Sorts of Madness”; No. 4 Baylor MTEN takes home two big wins

No.  4 Baylor men's tennis beat Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to finish with a home record of 11-1 this season.  Grace Everett |  Photographer
No. Beating No. 4 Baylor Men’s Tennis After Celebrating 44 Oklahoma State 7-0 on April 8 at The Hurd Tennis Center. Grace Everett | Photographer

No. 4 Baylor men’s tennis did not disappoint, clinching two wins this weekend. On Friday the team swept No. 44 Oklahoma State University 7-0 and on Sunday it took a 6-1 victory over a seven-hour battle. 34 University of Oklahoma.

“There were so many distractions today. Even with the whole weekend, everything just happened on Friday night, everybody’s family coming in – some have never been in the States before, “head coach Michael Woodson said. “We don’t start anywhere near time. Rain delays, starts and stops and ‘Are we going to go inside? Are we not? ‘ It’s just a matter of taxing on the body and mind… but again for some of those matches and allowable seniors to have some kind of spotlight for a while. I was proud of the effort today. ”

The Bears close out the regular season with a road game against Texas Tech University at 5 pm on Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock.

Barañano prevails, tips no. 21 Baylor WTEN over no. 25 Kansas

Junior Paula Barañano makes the ball for a break April.  Hurd Tennis Center at 8 vs. Kansas State.  Brittany Tankersley |  Photo Editor
Junior Paula Barañano makes the ball for a break April. Hurd Tennis Center at 8 vs. Kansas State. Brittany Tankersley | Photo Editor

On Friday, No. 21 Baylor Women’s Tennis Knocked Off Kansas State University 4-1 at the Hurd Tennis Center. Then on Sunday, about five hours after the start time, The Bears Pushed Past. 25 University of Kansas 4-3, thanks in part to junior Paula Barañano clinching the final point of the contest.

“Pauli’s a warrior, she’s always been a warrior. She loves being in those situations and we’re proud of her, ”head coach Joey Scrivano said. “She could easily get the match points but she did a great job just refocusing, responding and getting her mindset ready for that third set. She deserves all the credit. If she didn’t have that mental discipline, we wouldn’t have the win today. So all the credit to her. ”

Baylor will stick around. 4 University of Texas at 2 pm Saturday for senior day.

Softball nearly secures the sweep, taking two of three in Kansas

Baylor softball won their first conference series of the season, two against University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Baylor softball won their first conference series of the season, two against University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

Baylor softball won its first three-game series with the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kan., Taking the first two contests 10-3 and 4-3. The Bears aimed to secure a sweep on Sunday, but came up short in a 3-1 loss.

“Winning a series is big, especially on the road,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “We expected Kansas to put up this kind of fight, but I also expected us to fight; we have all year. Each win helps reestablish our confidence. ”

Baylor returns to Waco on Tuesday with a midweek battle at Texas State University at 6:30 pm at Getterman Stadium.

WVU handles business; 7-5 tally sweeps Baylor baseball

Baylor baseball dropped all three games in their series against WVU this weekend.  It's the first time the Bears have lost a year in the Big 12 series.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Baylor baseball dropped all three games in their series against WVU this weekend. It’s the first time the Bears have lost a year in the Big 12 series. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

It was an unsuccessful road trip to Morgantown, W.Va., for the Baylor baseball team that dropped the series to the West Virginia University 7-5 on Sunday at the Monongalia County Ballpark. It was a tough game for the Bears who were looking to salvage the series after a 6-7 loss on Friday and 4-8 on Saturday.

“The biggest thing right now is we just have to make sure we continue to learn from some of the mistakes we make at the mound and at the plate,” head coach Steve Rodriguez said. “For the most part, when you’re young you need to continue to learn and that’s the biggest thing right now.”

Before returning to Waco, Baylor takes a trip down I-35 to San Marcos for a midweek clash. Bobcat Ballpark at 10 Texas State University, the first pitch set at 6:30 p.m.

No. 1 A&T completes the perfect regular season

No.  1 Baylor acrobatics and tumbling defeated no.  5 University of Oregon complete their undefeated regular season on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
No. 1 Baylor acrobatics and tumbling defeated no. 5 University of Oregon complete their undefeated regular season on Sunday in Eugene, Ore. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

No. 1 Baylor acrobatics and tumbling defeated no. 5 University of Oregon complete its undefeated regular season at 8-0. It was a close meet, but the Bears still managed to win every event at the 281.990-270.775 victory on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.

Up next, the Bears will prepare for the NCATA National Championships in Eugene, Ore., Held April 28 to April 30. Baylor was named No. 1 seed on Monday and will face no. 8 Converse University at 6:30 pm on April 28 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Every round in Men’s Golf, finishes ninth at Aggie Invitational

Junior Johnny Keefer secured his fourth top-10 finish after tying for the season at the Aggie Invitational on Sunday at Traditions Golf Club at Bryan.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Junior Johnny Keefer secured his fourth top-10 finish after tying for the season at the Aggie Invitational on Sunday at Traditions Golf Club at Bryan. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

Baylor men’s golf finished ninth at The Aggie Invitational this weekend at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan. In a field of 12 teams, the Bears posted a composite score of 921 strokes, 57-over par. The team improved to a 54-hole tournament each day, the 11th after placing, then the 10th after the two and finally winding up for the ninth spot.

“We had a pretty good round going today, well into the back nine, but didn’t finish well,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “Johnny’s round was very good. The conditions were so tough. I can’t remember a tournament round where the lowest round of the day was one-over par. ”

Baylor golf is now preparing for the ASU Thunderbird Collegiate Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., On April 15 and 16. Trinity Spanning at the Big 12 Championships April 25-27.

Baylor comes away with 10 gold medals in 44 Farms Invitational

Freshman sprinter Laurenz Colbert not only set a new personal best of 20.99 but also set a new meet record for gold at the 44 Farms Team Invitational at EB Cushing Stadium in College Station this weekend.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Freshman sprinter Laurenz Colbert not only set a new personal best of 20.99 but also set a new meet record for gold at the 44 Farms Team Invitational at EB Cushing Stadium in College Station this weekend. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

Baylor track and field took home 10 gold medals and set a few event records at the 44 Farms Team Invitational on Friday and Saturday at EB Cushing Stadium.

“I thought today went really well,” head coach Michael Ford said. “We had some good top performers with some national top-15 marks. We’re just going to continue to grow into the Big 12s and get ready for the Michael Johnson Classic in two weeks. I was really happy with the jumps, the sprinters and the pole vault. We just need to keep growing. ”

The Bears will take off for Easter and return home next weekend at the Michael Johnson Classic on April 22 and 23.

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