Baylor Soccer wrapped up their spring season this last weekend with the Alumni Game, and head coaches Marci and Paul Jobson feel confident about their squad heading into the fall. The Bears return 24 players from last year's history-making team, and will add seven freshmen.
Baylor Men's Tennis will host the opening round of the NCAA tournament at the Hurd Tennis Center, starting today. The 13th-ranked Bears will play Prairie View A&M at 6:00 PM tonight, following the 3:00 PM game between Michigan State and Tulsa. Baylor is 43-14 all time in the NCAA Tournament, and comes into tonight's game with a 20-5 record on the season. Junior Patrick Pradella and freshman Julian Lenz took home top honors from the Big 12 Conference this season, being named Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year respectively. Five total Bears were recognized by the conference, including four on the All-Big 12 Singles team, and one pair on the Doubles team.
20th-ranked Baylor Women's Tennis kicked off their NCAA tournament just a few minutes ago, playing no. 39 San Diego State in Evanston, Illinois. The Lady Bears are 16-14 on the season, and earned the Big 12 regular season title, though they were upset by Oklahoma State in the semi-final round of the tournament. Head coach Joey Scrivano was named the Coach of the Year by the Big 12, and 10th-ranked Ema Burgic was named the conference Player of the Year.
Baylor Women's Golf is currently in 5th, and in a position to advance, at the NCAA West Regional. The tournament, held at the Stanford Golf Course, is hosting 24 teams, and the top 8 move on to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia. Freshman Laura Lonardi is currently tied for 8th, overall, and is only four strokes behind the tournament leader.
Baylor Softball leads the Big 12 conference in athletes selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team with 10. A conference-best nine of those ten student-athletes are on the first team, and junior Liz Paul leads the way with a 4.0 GPA in business. The Lady Bears are off this week for finals, but return to action for one last conference game against Texas, in Austin on May 12th.
Now, some fun! When future generations happen across these magical bits of internet video called ".gifs," they will wonder that this game of "baseball" was played such that the off-hand of each player was hampered with something called a "glove"-a large and clumsy thing made of leather that appeared to serve no real purpose. Also, hockey is scary.
Finally, since it is glorious summer for me, I'm going to be working on changing up the DBRs a bit. Please, let me know in the comments if you have any ideas on how I could make this more interesting, more fun, more informative, more...whatever.