Sports Briefs: Baseball goes 1-2 against A&M, Men’s Tennis tops Sooners, Cowboys

Baseball drops Battle of the Brazos series

Baylor baseball came one run short of regaining traction last weekend in the three-game series against No. 5 Texas A&M, losing two of three to the Aggies.

The Bears (20-17, 6-9) dropped Friday’s matchup in Waco 5-1. The offense struggled to produce, waiting until the ninth to bring its first run across the plate off a pinch-hit single from sophomore Wes Mercurio.

Baylor hitters did anything but struggle in game two, taking Olsen Field by storm with a 12-1 rout. Junior Dan Evatt led the way to BU’s largest ever margin of victory over a top-five team with two homers and five runs. Junior Trent Blank and sophomore Max Garner combined to hold the Aggies to one run off five hits.

As quickly as it heated up, the Bears’ lineup cooled off. Both starting pitchers tossed complete games Sunday but Baylor junior Logan Verrett was tagged with the 2-1 loss. Both Texas A&M runs were unearned, and the Aggie starting pitcher Ross Stripling did not allow Baylor’s lone run until the ninth inning.

Sitting at No. 7 in the Big 12, the Bears look for a midweek rebound against the University of Nevada Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. today at Baylor Ballpark.

Men’s tennis tours Oklahoma, emerges unbeaten

No. 7 men’s tennis sent two schools from the sooner state packing this past weekend to keep a perfect Big 12 record intact.

No. 26 Oklahoma made it interesting Friday, but freshman Dennis Lengsfeld rallied from a 4-3 deficit in a third-set tiebreaker to secure the 4-3 win for Baylor.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys could not keep it as close. Baylor dropped just one singles match to take a 6-1 win.

The Bears look to defend their 5-0 conference record at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they host No. 6 Texas A&M, which also enters the match undefeated in conference play.