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Daily Bears Report 2/18/17 - Stuffed

Recruiting update and lots of Baylor sports stuff like MBB vs. Kansas previews and Lady Bears Basketball

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Today’s Events

Man Bears Basketball

  • The Bears take on Kansas today at noon in the Ferrell Center. Our Daily Bears Kendall_Kaut has the Preview and Prediction.

Golf

  • Baylor men’s golf is in second place after the first day of play at The All-American Intercollegiate at Golf Club of Houston. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears shot 4-under 284, placing them five strokes back of Houston (-9).

BU was one of only six teams in the 18-team field to complete their entire first rounds on Friday. A weather delay of two hours and 33 minutes left 12 teams still on the course when play was suspended at 6:15 p.m. CT. Those teams will resume their first rounds at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and the second round has been pushed back to 9:45 a.m.

Baseball

In the seventh inning, Niagara’s Peter Battaglia lost his grip on his bat, heaving it into Baylor’s dugout. So Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez retrieved the bat and then offered some rosin and a pat on the shoulder to Battaglia. The Niagara batter promptly struck out.

That’s just the way things went on this night.

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Due to the threat of bad weather on Sunday, Baylor will close its series with Niagara with a doubleheader Saturday. The first game will be 2:05 p.m. as planned, with the nightcap to follow. As of now, Baylor’s Monday game with the Nevada Wolf Pack remains unchanged.

"Opening day is a special thing in baseball," the sophomore centerfielder said.

Cunningham made Baylor baseball's opening day a special one, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth to back a sterling pitching effort from starter Nick Lewis and the bullpen as the Bears kicked off the season with a 7-3 victory over Niagara Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.

"You realize that everybody wakes up early, you feel great, your arm is the best it's ever felt, your legs feel good," said second-year head coach Steve Rodriguez. "You want to swing and hit everything. You almost get numb a little bit start to lose feeling in your fingers. . . Something that I kind of expect, Game 1, a little sloppy in certain areas, but overall we competed and we got the win."

Lewis had a solid outing to pick up his 10th career win, striking out six and giving up one run on three hits and one walk in five innings.

"I've been throwing the ball really well in the spring in intra-squads," Lewis said, "so it was good to get out there and see a different team and still feel that same rhythm that I've had the past couple weeks. It just felt good to put the ball where I wanted to."

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Men’s Tennis

Football Recruiting

Women’s Tennis

  • WT Topples No. 23 Northwestern - Baylor Official Athletic Site, The Baylor womens tennis team passed its first road test with flying colors, toppling No. 23 Northwestern, 5-2, to remain undefeated, 6-0, on the young season on Friday night. It is the first ranked win of the season for the Lady Bears, who are off to a 6-0 start for the seventh time in program history and the fourth time under BU head coach Joey Scrivano.

Softball

Track & Field

  • In an effort to keep its women’s distance medley relay qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Baylor's track and field team will have five runners travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., Saturday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The projected relay team of Alison Andrews-Paul, Kiana Hawn, Aaliyah Miller and Maggie Montoya will look to better their season-best mark of 11:12.39, which currently ranks 10th nationally. Only the top 12 relay times in the country qualify for the national meet and it is unlikely BU’s current season best, which the aforementioned quartet ran at the Rod McCravy Memorial in January, would remain among the top-12 over the next two weeks of competition.

The distance medley relay race is slated to be run at 10:45 a.m. CT Saturday. In 2015, BU's DMR crew set the school record at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a time of 10:58.52.

Meanwhile following the distance medley relay, Hawn will race individually in the 400 meters at 1 p.m. CT.

Hawn’s season-best time of 54.34 was run at the McCravy meet, but she has a career-best indoor mark of 54.13 and will to lower that to get into the top-16 times, which qualify for the NCAA meet. Following the Notre Dame action, Baylor will travel to the Big 12 Indoor Championship, Feb. 26-27, in Ames, Iowa.

Live results from the meet can be accessed on BaylorBears.com with a full recap to follow Saturday’s competition.

Lady Bears Basketball

Acrobatics & Tumbling - Because they are Awesome

Equestrian

No. 1 Baylor equestrian (9-2, 3-1 Big 12) is heading to California this weekend to compete in the Fresno Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at the Fresno State Student Horse Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears open competition on Friday, facing No. 5 SMU (5-2, 3-0). BU faced SMU once in Waco earlier this season, defeating the Mustangs, 13-6.

On Saturday, the tournament concludes with a showdown with No. 8 Fresno State (5-4, 3-1). BU and FSU also met during the fall season, with BU taking a 9-5 win in Waco.

The tournament is Baylor’s final trip away from Waco, with the regular season finale vs. Auburn (March 3) and the Big 12 Championships (March 24-25) both being hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, leading into the NCEA National Championship (April 12-15), also hosted by Baylor, at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.

Keep up with the team all season long by following Baylor Equestrian's official accounts on Twitter (@BaylorEQ), Facebook (Baylor Equestrian), Instagram (@BaylorEquestrian), and head coach Ellen White's Twitter (@BUEQCoachWhite).