Women’s tennis reaches Final Four, softball makes super regional
Baylor’s spring sports are on a tear; for the second straight weekend, there’s so much to talk about that we’re gonna jump right into the action!
First and foremost, for the second time in four years, Baylor women’s tennis has reached the Final Four! The fifth-seeded Lady Bears fended off No. 4 seed North Carolina Sunday evening to reach the NCAA semifinals for the second time in program history. Head coach Joey Scrivano’s squad has now won 19 straight matches; they will go for No. 20 tonight against No. 1-ranked, top-seeded Stanford on the Cardinal’s home courts. The match begins at 6 p.m. CT; click here for live video and scoring, and here for a live blog from BaylorBears.com.
Riding their ace’s strong left arm, Baylor softball won three straight to move on to an NCAA Super Regional for the fourth time in seven years. Whitney Canion’s pitching propelled the Lady Bears through their regional action over the weekend; the sophomore ace hurled three straight shutouts, striking out 30 batters in 21 innings while allowing just five hits. Baylor, the No. 11 seed, will now head to Georgia to face the sixth-seeded Lady Bulldogs. First pitch of game one is scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Baylor men’s tennis reached the NCAA’s Elite Eight for the ninth straight year before falling to No. 4 seed Ohio State. With the women working on a run of four consecutive Elite Eights, Baylor is the only school in the country that can currently claim even two straight quarterfinal appearances for its men’s and women’s programs.
Men’s golf made a strong run at the NCAA championships before falling two spots shy at the conclusion of the team’s NCAA regional. Head coach Greg Priest’s squad briefly topped the leaderboard on the final day, but finished seventh overall while making their 14th straight NCAA appearance. (The top five teams from each regional advance to the championships.)
Baylor baseball continued its strong late-season push, taking two of three from a top-25 team for the second weekend in a row. This time, it was No. 13 Oklahoma that fell to the Bears. Baylor has won five of eight since taking a break for finals, with seven of those eight games coming against ranked teams, and each of the three losses was by one run. Head coach Steve Smith’s team begins play at the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday against Oklahoma State.
Sic ’em, Baylor athletics!