One thing I can say about yesterday is that it was a good day for Baylor. Today may be a slightly different story, but outside of MBB, the state of Baylor Athletics is strong. God bless Central Texas.
In-Season News: MBB, WBB, and Baseball
Baseball season kicked off yesterday afternoon versus the nineteenth ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.The Bears staged a comeback victory and put up nine runs on ten hits. The bats were swinging and several young starters made their presence felt, resulting in a 9-7 victory in the first game of the series. At one point down 7-2, Baylor overcame four errors and a few rough innings to put the Sun Devils away. If all goes well, they'll take the series tomorrow.
Men's basketball takes on Kansas State today at 6:00 in the Ferrell Center on ESPNU. We'll see how that turns out, I suppose.
A much more hopeful women's basketball squad is zeroing in on its next victim. The Lady Bears travel to Austin to take on the Lady Longhorns (Do female longhorn cattle have long horns? Important question, yo) at noon in UT's Frank Erwin Center. Fox Sports will be carrying the game, so make sure to tune in!
Off-Season Football News
Sadly this all but confirms that Kaz doesn't have any significant hand in managing the Athletic Performance account.
When Baylor was named the "freak team" before last season, we knew that something was going right in the conditioning department. This continues to prove it. Veterans are breaking personal records on important athletic benchmark tests week in and week out, and players that were some of the best in the country last year are ready to come back, leaner and meaner, for the 2014 season. As much as we grumbled about the prospect of losing Art Briles over the winter, losing Kaz Kazadi and his workout mastery might be almost as devastating long term. Do whatever you need to to keep him around, Art.
The Best of the Rest
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great start to the weekend. <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSoftball">@BaylorSoftball</a> wins 2, <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorBaseball">@BaylorBaseball</a> defeats #19 ASU, and <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorMTennis">@BaylorMTennis</a> beats #8 TAMU. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23StayHumbleStayHungry&src=hash">#StayHumbleStayHungry</a></p>— Ian_McCaw (@bu_ad1) <a href="https://twitter.com/bu_ad1/statuses/434531047808589824">February 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>McCaw's tweet pretty much sums things up. There are a number of Baylor teams in action today, and it would be impressive to see them all come up with victories.
Men's Tennis Downs No. 8 Texas A&M, 4-3 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team picked up a first round victory in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-3 win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Friday at the Downtown Club at the Met. Beating Aggies always feels good.
Track & Field Opens Tyson Invitational - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
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Regents Approve Naming of Track and Field Stadium - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
At their regular February meeting, Baylor University's Board of Regents gave their approval to name the new .1 million track facility the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium. Because why not announce the naming of a stadium after a fella named Hart on Valentine's Day?
Hosack, Canion Highlight Baylor Softball's Two Wins Friday - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
It wasn't quite the offensive barrage that Baylor saw at UNLV's tournament last weekend, but the No. 14/16 ranked Lady Bears took 4-2 wins over UAB and Drake Friday night.
Baylor Athletics are strong. If MBB takes care of business, I believe we can go an entire weekend without sustaining a loss in any sport. Tune into the baseball game again today, enjoy the sun, and have an fabulous Saturday!