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Take Five (Plus One) With Jerry

Take Five With Jerry - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Director of Sports Journalism Jerry Hill gives his five takes (plus one) for a busy April 6-8 weekend that has baseball and softball on the road and track hosting the Baylor Invitational on Saturday:

1. Road to Tokyo. With the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo just around the corner, come out to the Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium for Saturday's Baylor Invitational to check out a host of Olympic hopefuls that includes junior quarter-miler Wil London, a silver medalist in the 4x400 relay at last summer's World Championships.

2. Top-25 showdowns. Hurd Tennis Center will host a top-25 matchup between the No. 21 Baylor women (11-10, 1-3) and #15 Texas Tech (13-4, 2-1) at 5 p.m. Friday, while the No. 19 Baylor men (17-4) open conference play on the road with matchups against #16 Oklahoma (15-2) at 6 p.m. Friday and #14 Oklahoma State (18-3-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

3. Life on the road. The baseball team (14-13, 3-6) starts a seven-game road swing with a series at Texas (17-12, 6-3) with games at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Sophomore lefty Cody Bradford (3-2, 2.95) might be back in the rotation after missing the OU series with an injury.

4. Back to winning ways. The #16 softball team (21-9, 0-3) picked up an 8-5 midweek win at Abilene Christian and will play a three-game series this weekend at Texas Tech (21-15, 1-5). Going into Wednesday's game at ACU, senior centerfielder Jessie Scroggins led the nation with a .521 batting average.

5. Cooper's back. Playing in his first tournament of the spring, sophomore All-American golfer Cooper Dossey returns from a wrist injury for the Aggie Invitational that begins Saturday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. Six of the nation's top 12 teams are in the field, including No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 10 Baylor.

+1. Rematch and redemption. In a rematch of the last three NCATA National Championships, all won by Baylor, the top-ranked Baylor Bears (7-0) face the No. 4 Ducks (4-2) at 7 p.m. CDT Sunday in Eugene. Oregon handed coach Felecia Mulkey her only loss in four years at Baylor last season (Feb. 25, 2017) at Matthew Knight Arena.

Track & Field

Track & Field Welcomes 13 Teams to Baylor Invitational - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor track and field will host its first meet of the outdoor season with the Baylor Invitational on Saturday, April 7 at the Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium.

Baseball

Baseball drops series opener to Longhorns, BaylorLariat, Baylor baseball dropped a 9-5 decision to Texas in the series opener Friday in Austin.

The Bears (14-14, 3-7) jumped out to an early lead, but ultimately fell to the Longhorns (20-12, 7-3) despite an offensive outburst from junior designated hitter Richard Cunningham.

Cunningham's homers can't stop Longhorns from overcoming Bears, 9-5, WacoTrib, Richard Cunningham delivered the best game of his Baylor career as he pounded a pair of homers en route to a four-hit night.

Baseball Loses Tough Game at Texas, 9-5 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor baseball fell 9-5 in a tough series opener vs. Texas on Friday night at Disch-Falk Field. The Bears (14-14, 3-7) jumped out to a 4-0 lead but the Longhorns (20-12, 7-3) overcame it.

Bullpen shines in 9-5 comeback win over Baylor, TexasSports, Despite falling into an early deficit, Texas Baseball (20-12, 7-3 Big 12) battled back for a 9-5 win over visiting Baylor (14-14, 3-7) on Friday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

On a night when starter Nolan Kingham allowed four runs and lasted just two innings, the Texas bullpen showed up in a big way. After freshman Matt Whelan escaped a bases loaded, no out jam in the third thanks to a brilliant double play started by David Hamilton, the offense began to claw back into the game.

Baseball Posts 2-1 Win vs. Lamar - Baylor University Official Athletic Site
Baylor baseball notched a 2-1 win vs. Lamar on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (14-13) only scored in one inning but it was all they needed to top the Cardinals (6-23).

Downey's clutch double helps Bears reverse skid, 2-1, WacoTrib
It wasn’t easy, but Baylor baseball snapped its losing streak.

Tennis

No. 21 WT Falls to No. 15 Texas Tech - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor women’s tennis (11-11, 3-3) dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 15 Texas Tech (14-4, 3-1) at Hurd Tennis Center on Friday night.

No. 16 OU Bests No. 19 Baylor to Open Big 12 Play, SoonerSports, The No. 16 OU men's tennis team took down No. 19 Baylor, 4-2, Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in front of a crowd of 650.

No. 19 Mens Tennis Drops 4-2 Decision to No. 16 Oklahoma - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Despite a quick start in doubles play, the 19th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team (17-5, 0-1 Big 12) suffered a 4-2 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma Friday evening at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Golf

Mens Golf Heads to Aggie Invitational - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor men’s golf heads south on Highway 6 to compete in the Aggie Invitational, which runs Saturday and Sunday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

Getting Back An All-American - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Being a silver-lining kind of guy, Baylor men’s golf coach Mike McGraw saw sophomore All-American Cooper Dossey’s wrist injury as an opening for other players in the lineup to step up and produce.

Softball

No. 16/17 SB Makes First Big 12 Road Trip to Texas Tech - Baylor University Official Athletic Site
Baylor continues through the Big 12 schedule, playing its first conference road series of the season at Texas Tech on April 6-8 at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock.

Red Raiders Close Home Stand with No. 16 Baylor, TexasTechDotCom, After starting the conference slate with a pair of top-25 opponents, Texas Tech softball continues its challenging start to Big 12 play as it hosts No. 16 Baylor for a three-game series April 6-8 at Rocky Johnson Field.

The Red Raiders (21-15, 1-5) and Lady Bears (21-9, 0-3) get the series started on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams square off again on Saturday at 4 p.m., before Sunday's series finale at noon.

Football

Bears Are A Significantly Stronger Team This Spring - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, At Temple, Matt Rhule always knew he could point to Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy winner Tyler Matakevich as an elite-level player who never missed a practice in four years.

Charlie Brewer leads Big 12 returners in adjusted completion percentage, DieHards, Baylor's Charlie Brewer is one of the best returning quarterbacks in the Big 12, according to PFF stats.

ESPN FPI projections have Baylor bowl-eligible in 2018, DieHards, ESPN is expecting Baylor to have a much more enjoyable season on the football field in 2018 than the Bears did one year ago.

Making the Heisman case for (and against) Baylor QB Charlie Brewer, SportsDay, Baylor had very few bright spots in what was an abysmal 2017 season under first year head coach Matt Rhule.Quarterback Charlie Brewer lead the...

D-Line Looks Like Night And Day From Start Of Spring - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, When Frank Okam speaks, you can rest assured that Baylor junior defensive end and Texas A&M transfer James Lockhart -- and probably every other defense lineman -- is listening.

Sophomore Running Back Shows Toughness On Field - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Already banged-up with an injury to his left leg and a turf toe problem that limited him in the fall, John Lovett knew he wasn't 100 percent.

QB Brewer cleared for all Baylor spring drills, WacoTrib, After a week off for Easter break, the Baylor football team returned to spring practice Thursday with quarterback Charlie Brewer cleared to participate in all drills.

Lady Bears Basketball

Lady Bears celebrated 2017-18 season accomplishments Thursday, KXXV, The Baylor women’s basketball team and staff gathered inside the Ferrell Center with supporters and fans to celebrate a successful 2017-18 season. The program included recognition of the senior cla...

WBB Gathers for Appreciation Banquet - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, The Baylor women’s basketball team and staff gathered inside the Ferrell Center with supporters and fans to celebrate a successful 2017-18 season. The program included recognition of the senior class, presentation of team awards, retirement speeches by voices of the Lady Bears Rick May and Lori Fogleman and remarks from 18th-year head coach Kim Mulkey.

Acrobatics & Tumbling

No. 1 A&T Finishes Regular Season at No. 4 Oregon - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, The top-ranked and three-time defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team will look to finish off their perfect regular season against the fourth-ranked Oregon Ducks (4-2) on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT on the Pac-12 Network at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.

Equestrian

EQ Duo Earns All-America Honors - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor equestrian secured two selections to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) All-America Teams, announced Wednesday by the organization.

Legends

RGIII signs with Baltimore Ravens, BaylorLariat, Former Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens as announced Wednesday.

Griffin last played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns in 2016, appearing in just five games and throwing for 866 yards and two touchdowns.

Injuries had derailed the career of the once promising NFL prospect, the latest a shoulder injury in the Browns’ 2016 season opener that caused Griffin to be placed on injured reserve.

After a year away from football following being released by Cleveland in March of 2017, Griffin signed a one-year deal with the Ravens to serve as the backup for Joe Flacco, a 10-year veteran and Super Bowl winning quarterback in 2012.

Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh said he is excited about bringing Griffin on to the team’s roster and feels like he is one of the best available backup quarterbacks in the league.

“He’s a very talented quarterback who’s had a lot of success in this league early on,” Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday. “We felt like we needed a No. 2 quarterback. I’m pretty excited about this player. I’m really feeling like we got a steal.”

NCAA Football: Northwestern State at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III, Ravens agree on one-year contract, NFL, Robert Griffin III is back on an NFL team -- and back in the DMV. The former Washington Redskins quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.

Baltimore Ravens sign former first-round pick Robert Griffin III, ESPN, The Baltimore Ravens have reached a one-year agreement with former Redskins and Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, providing an experienced backup to Joe Flacco.

RG3 to Ravens Completes the NFL's Dumbest Offseason of QB Signings, BleacherReport, There have been a number of stunning moves in the NFL this offseason. But one of the most ridiculous, absurd and dubious is the Baltimore Ravens ' signing of a broken down, busted-up ...

Robert Griffin III agrees to deal with Ravens, WashingtonPost, Coach John Harbaugh gets a backup to Joe Flacco in the former Redskins and Browns quarterback.

RG3 signs with the Ravens: Can the quarterback rebound? SI,, It's been over a year since RG3 was on an NFL team. Can he beat the odds and re-establish himself with Baltimore, or will he just be a roster placeholder on the Ravens’ lukewarm offense?