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Saturday DBR: Multisport Live Thread

This unicorn-like weekend Daily Bears Report is here so that we can discuss the various happenings around the Baylor Athletic Department this weekend.

Softball: Lafayette Regional Update

Everything went perfectly for Baylor in their postseason opener versus Mississippi State in Lafayette. The offense was effective, putting up eight runs including a two-run Shelby Friudenberg home run. Friudenberg, a freshman who has been very fun to write about this season, hates softballs with her entire being and loves nothing more than beating them into oblivion with a metal stick.

Just as important as the offensive explosion was the fact that Baylor was able to pull Heather Stearns out of the circle in the fifth. Kendall Potts came in and finished off the Bulldogs without allowing another run. Having a somewhat rested Stearns (who should be even better off considering the lengthy rain delay that broke the game into two parts) greatly increases Baylor's chances of knocking off host Louisiana Lafayette, whom Baylor will play at 3:30 p.m. today on ESPN3.

Kaitlyn Thumann hit her 44th career double, tying Holly Holl for second in the Baylor record books. Shelby Friudenberg finished 2-2 for with her 17th home run and 18th multiple hit game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RECAP: Rain Delay Doesn’t Halt Baylor’s NCAA Tourney Opening Win vs. MSSU <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href="">#RoadToWCWS</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) <a href="">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Women's Tennis: Elite Eight Tomorrow

Women's Tennis doesn't play again until tomorrow, but their win against No. 9 Virginia yesterday is worth discussing. Baylor won the doubles point but the Cavaliers looked dominant early on in singles play. The match came down to transfer junior Rachael James-Baker, who came back to take the second set against Virginia's Skylar Morton before cruising to victory in the third set, 6-1. Matchmakers would have predicted this to be the closest contest of the weekend, since No. 8 Baylor and No. 9 Virginia were more or less equivalent in the minds of most pollsters.

Baylor will play No. 1 Southern California tomorrow at the Hurd Tennis Center. The result will either be a gargantuan upset or a respectable end to the season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">HIGHLIGHTS: Watch as Baylor took down Virginia for a spot in the <a href="">#NCAAMWT</a> Elite Eight. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) <a href="">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Men's Tennis: Elite Eight Today

Before the women face USC, the men will have to deal with the Trojans. No. 2 Baylor will play No. 7 USC for a trip to the final four against the winner of TCU and North Carolina. The match time was moved up yesterday from 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at the Hurd Tennis Center barring weather complications. I'd give you a more definite idea of what the weather in Waco looks like, but I'm not anywhere near Waco.

Here are the highlights from our Thursday win against South Florida to get you pumped up:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Highlights from the Bears&#39; 4-1 victory over USF on Thursday: <a href=""></a> <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href="">#MCAAMWT</a></p>&mdash; BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) <a href="">May 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Men's Golf: Bremerton Regional

Baylor needs to end the day in the top five at the NCAA Bremerton Regional to move on to the national competition. They are currently fifth, one stroke ahead of Iowa State, and trailing TCU, Southern California, South Carolina, and UAB (who are blazing on in other sports to avenge their football program). Kyle Jones and Andreas Gjesteby (yes, he IS from Norway) are in the top ten in the individual rankings.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Baylor enters final round at <a href="">#NCAAGolf</a> Bremerton in top five: <a href=""></a> <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Men&#39;s Golf (@BaylorMGolf) <a href="">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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