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Felipe Rios celebrates a point during the Big 12 Tournament in Waco
Felipe Rios celebrates a point during the Big 12 Tournament in Waco


Men's Tennis in NCAA Round of 16

The round of 16 begins at nine this morning, but Baylor isn't scheduled to play until 7 p.m. against No. 18 South Florida. This event is Baylor's best shot at picking up a second national championship this school year after Acrobatics and Tumbling picked one up a few weeks ago, but there are a few more rounds to get through before those hopes can become a reality. The women's competition will begin tomorrow.

The sixteen remaining men's teams are as follows (by seed):

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Baylor
  3. Virginia
  4. Illinois
  5. TCU
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Southern California
  8. Georgia
  9. Texas
  10. Duke
  11. Ohio State
  12. Wake Forest
  13. North Carolina
  14. UCLA
  15. South Florida
  16. Columbia
Eight of these teams will survive the afternoon. Good luck to all the competitors.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/NCAATennis2015">@NCAATennis2015</a> Championships begin tomorrow in Waco. Be there to support your Bears. <a href="http://t.co/2ejFwUHYf3">http://t.co/2ejFwUHYf3</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMWT?src=hash">#NCAAMWT</a></p>&mdash; BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorMTennis/status/598688428184637440">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Baseball Defeats UTSA

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Highlights from Baylor&#39;s 4-3 win over UTSA tonight: <a href="https://t.co/QG4u8RgGE1">https://t.co/QG4u8RgGE1</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorBaseball/status/598342992462630912">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Guys, we won a baseball game. It's encouraging, sure, and we have a chance to ruin Texas's weekend as well, but it doesn't do much to salvage a season that has been less than mediocre. Baylor will host Texas for the first of three games on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark. Saturday is one of the few truly busy days left for Baylor this year, since the vast majority of the student body has headed home for the summer and tennis is winding down. By this time next week, baseball, softball, and golf will be the only ones keeping us from the great summer void.

Softball Conference Honors

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eight Baylor Softball Players Recognized in Big 12 Postseason Honors <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/e84QwAWOG5">http://t.co/e84QwAWOG5</a> <a href="http://t.co/LlbEN1odWo">pic.twitter.com/LlbEN1odWo</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSoftball/status/598683832066248704">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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It's a shame that the bullpen is so shallow, because this may be Baylor's best offense in a long time. Three players (Heather Stearns, Ari Hawkins, Shelby Friudenberg) were named to the All-Big 12 first team, and a handful of others were named to the second and all-freshman teams. If Whitney Canion is still around, this is probably a national champion lineup. They can beat anyone, but consistency over short, multi-game stretches is a problem, and that's exactly what the postseason demands.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Study up on the Bears as they head to the NCAA Postseason <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToWCWS?src=hash">#RoadToWCWS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/wR8GPdNrCZ">http://t.co/wR8GPdNrCZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/hndFkvaNbO">pic.twitter.com/hndFkvaNbO</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSoftball/status/598288478363725825">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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