Softball Blanks Texas
In the first game of a split series that will continue in Austin over the weekend, Heather Stearns threw a one-hitter against Texas in a 5-0 victory at Getterman Stadium. The offense was working well all night, so I could only pick a few highlights to pull for the purpose of the DBR. Behold, this beautiful Kaitlyn Thumann triple:
Kaitlyn Thumann triples in B6 - Cargill drives her home Bears lead 5-0 #SicUT pic.twitter.com/zmzmM2cO62— Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) May 7, 2015
Heather Stearns also picked up her 500th career strikeout:
Watch Heather Stearns' 500th career strikeout, her fifth vs. Texas in T6 #SicEm pic.twitter.com/cCgG13YiJX— Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) May 7, 2015
Anyway, an excellent showing. Two more wins should put Baylor in an excellent position for the postseason.
Tennis Weekend Preview
Baylor Men and Women begin their postseason journey in the NCAA Tennis Tournament this weekend. If all goes according to plan, neither will have to leave Waco in their pursuit of a national championship, as both carry home field advantage right up until the national finals in Waco.
Matt Knoll thinks his team is ready to claim a national championship. The last match will be the only one that matters if Baylor can fight their way up to face Oklahoma again, despite losing four previous meetings this season by progressively narrower margins.
The men will play Bryant tomorrow at 6 p.m. and move on to either UTSA or LSU on Saturday at 5 p.m. The women will host Northwestern State on Saturday at 2 p.m. and either Tulsa or Rice on Sunday at the same time.
Head coach Matt Knoll talks about his team heading into the NCAA Championships. pic.twitter.com/0QdgZv1O4K— BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) May 6, 2015
Tennis Big 12 Postseason Honors
Baylor took home a fistful of Big 12 Tennis honors this season, listed in the embedded tweets below:
For the second time in her career, Ema Burgic has been named the #Big12TEN Player of the Year. #SicEm pic.twitter.com/BD7fS8jzp1— BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) May 6, 2015
For the third-straight year and sixth-time overall, @BUScrivano is the #Big12TEN Coach of the Year. pic.twitter.com/gfbvpd1oTW— BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) May 6, 2015
Congrats to Max Tchoutakian, who is the #Big12TEN Newcomer of the Year. #SicEm pic.twitter.com/SSs102aKUn— BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) May 6, 2015
The Bears placed 2 players on the All-Big 12 singles team and had 1 doubles tandem honored. DETAILS: http://t.co/UYHiGaiyUH— BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) May 6, 2015
I'm sure there probably aren't any Baylor Athletics personnel actually reading the Daily Bears Report, but if there are: you guys have absolutely killed it with the graphics this year. I know it's something you discussed stepping up last summer, and there's been a tangible improvement in Baylor's social media presence this academic year. Props to you guys.