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Daily Bears Report 04.29.2013

Cooper Neill

Next year's basketball team is looking stronger every day, with the announced return of both Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin. Jefferson announced his intention to finish his senior year last Thursday (and there was much rejoicing) and fellow big man Austin will be playing at least his sophomore year in the green and gold. Baylor's front-court could be one of the best in the country, with Jefferson, Austin, and Rico Gathers all bringing one more year of experience to the floor.

Baylor Baseball improved their NCAA chances multifold this weekend, sweeping Texas for only the third time in program history. The Bears won the Sunday game 5-2 behind spot starter Ryan Smith, who took over in the starting staff for injured ace Dillon Newman. The top four hitters in the lineup provided the offensive power, going 7-for-15 and driving in three runs. Baylor is 4 games over .500 for the first time all season, and currently holds second place in the league, and they have the best conference record. The Bears will head to Arlington for a mid-week game against dangerous UTA and then continues on face 5th place Kansas.

Baylor Softball held on to win 5-4 over Kansas on Sunday in Lawrence, taking their third Big 12 series win. The 14th-ranked Lady Bears won their 3rd conference series, despite an unusually error-filled game. Whitney Canion got the complete-game win, and only gave up one earned run while striking out 5. Baylor will host Texas Tech in their last home series of the year, and Thursday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN. The first 750 fans at Getterman Stadium will receive a free green Baylor Softball shirt.

Baylor Men's Tennis fell to Oklahoma in the title match of the Big 12 Championship, despite Patrick Pradella's upset win over #19 Costin Paval. The Bears fell behind early in the doubles points, and were unable to make up the deficit.

Baylor Football had 4 alums signed as undrafted free agents this weekend after the NFL Draft, including center Ivory Wade. The Bears have to answer 5 key questions in the first weeks of next season, including one that's on everyone's mind: which defense will show up this year?