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Equestrian competes in national quarterfinals, women's tennis has a chance to clinch a Big 12 regular season championship, softball can take a series from OU, and more.

Michelina Carbone competing in reining for Baylor Equestrian
Michelina Carbone competing in reining for Baylor Equestrian
Nathan Ross

Equestrian in National Quarterfinals

NCEA Nationals are currently being held at the Extraco Center in Waco. Competition started yesterday, but the top four seeds (Georgia, Baylor, South Carolina, Texas A&M) all secured first round byes. Baylor competes at 8:30 a.m. today against No. 10 Oklahoma State, who knocked off No. 7 TCU in the first round yesterday.

Matchups for the day include:

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 9 Kansas State

No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State

No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Fresno State

No. 4 Texas A&M vs No. 5 Auburn

Only one school in quarters comes from a school outside of the Big 12 or SEC.

Good luck to all of the athletes, especially our own. Horses rock.

Baseball at Oklahoma State Over Weekend

Baylor visits Stillwater this weekend with games on Saturday at 3, Sunday at 1, and Monday at 1. Baylor hasn't lost a series to the Pokes since 2007, but Oklahoma State has a very high ceiling this year despite struggling with inconsistency. They dominated Oklahoma earlier in the season but lost 15-5 at home to Oral Roberts earlier this week.

No. 17 Softball Crushes No. 5 OU to Open Weekend Series

Skrong, softball. Heather Stearns threw a two-hit shutout against the visiting Sooners on ESPN2. As things stand right now, this gives Baylor an equal conference record with the Sooners and the Bears hold the tiebreaker. OU first baseman Lauren Chamberlain, who is poised to set the NCAA home run record, was struck out thrice. Robin Landrith and Christy Lisenby both hit home runs.

The series continues tonight at 6 p.m. in Getterman Stadium and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN 1660.

Men's Tennis Beats Texas, Visits Tech

Baylor continued its mayorship of the courts in Austin with a 4-1 victory over Texas on Wednesday, but they now have an arguably more daunting challenge on Saturday: go into Lubbock and take down Tech, who did the Bears a favor by beating Oklahoma last week.

Just as notable as the team's success this year is the way the Big 12 is promoting collegiate tennis by allowing fans to make noise and heckle opposing players. By taking some of the gentlemanliness out of the game, the conference is fostering competition and increasing attendance, and visiting journalist Tom Perrotta took a closer look at the new atmosphere when he visited Baylor vs. Oklahoma last weekend.

Women's Tennis Hosts Kansas, K-State

Two Wins Secures Regular Season Big 12 Title

The new heckling rules are in effect for women's tennis as well, so if you're not afraid of relentlessly haranguing the lovely ladies of KU and KSU, head out to the Hurd today at 5 and Sunday at 1.

The Daily Bear