Sports Briefs

Baseball’s losses drop team from rankings

Previously No. 19 ranked baseball (17-12, 4-5) finished its three-game road trip on a good note with four home runs en route to 12-4 win at Kansas Sunday. The Jayhawks (12-15, 4-5), however, got the best of the Bears’ pitching staff the previous two days.

Sophomores Cal Towey, Jake Miller and Max Muncy and junior Dan Evatt each went yard while junior Trent Blank and freshman Brad Kuntz held Kansas to four runs off nine hits. Blank notched his second win of 2011, and Kuntz garnered his first career save.

Saturday, the two teams went back-and-forth, taking a 3-3 tie into the ninth.

Baylor relievers Max Garner, a sophomore, and Jon Ringenberg, a senior, loaded the bases before walking in a run for a 4-3 Kansas win with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

On Friday, the Jayhawks notched four runs in the first four innings off starter Logan Verrett. The Bears’ lineup responded with a pair of runs in the fifth, but Kansas tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth to solidify a 6-2 finish.

Men’s, women’s tennis blast more Big 12 teams

No. 11 men’s tennis (13-3, 2-0) picked up its first shutout of 2011, taking all nine matches from No. 39 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday.

Led by the seventh-ranked pair of sophomore Roberto Maytin and senior John Peers, Baylor secured a perfect 22-0 mark against the Cornhuskers. NU now leaves for the Big 10 winless against the Bears since the Big 12’s formation.

No. 9 women’s tennis went on the road and enjoyed a 5-2 victory Sunday over Texas. Despite losing the doubles point, the Lady Bears blew past the Longhorns and won the first four singles matches to seal the victory. By beating Texas’ Krista Damico, Baylor junior Nina Secerbegovic extended her singles winning streak to 13 matches.

Track and field blazes trail at UTA

Track and field’s weekend at the UTA Bobby Lane Invitational meet ended with gold medals hung around several runners. The men and women combined to take home nine individual titles, including freshman Tiffani McReynolds, whose 12.91 100-meter hurdles time set a new school record and became the NCAA’s fastest time recorded this year.

The women claimed a team title as well with 163.5 points, and the men took second.

Equestrian finishes third at Big 12 Championship

No. 8 Baylor Equestrian downed Kansas State 9-6 to take third in the Big 12 Championship in College Station Saturday.

Junior Lisa Goldman led the way, earning a pair of points for her squad in Hunter Seat and Fences.

Equestrian now prepares for the Varsity Equestrian National Championships to be held April 15-17 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.