Baylor opens equestrian nationals today

By Jeffrey Swindoll
Sports Writer

Two-seed Baylor faces 10-seed Oklahoma State after the Cowgirls defeated the seven-seed TCU Horned Frogs 13-3 in the NCEA national championship on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The Bears are searching for their second national championship in program history.

The Cowgirls dominated the Horned Frogs, nearly sweeping every event of the meet.

Other results in the opening day of the championship include five-seed Auburn, six-seed Fresno State, nine-seed Kansas State and 10-seed Oklahoma State advancing to the quarterfinals with match wins in each of their respective meets of the first round.

Coming off a convincing 10-5 win over eight-seed SMU on Thursday, Kansas State meets one-seed Georgia at 8:30 p.m. today. Georgia, defending national champion and long-standing equestrian powerhouse, had a bye in the first round like the Bears. The Wildcats had a strong showing in the hunt seat against SMU, sweeping equitation over fences and horsemanship over the Mustangs.

Auburn, previous national champion (2006, 2011), passed to the quarterfinals with ease over the University of Tennessee-Martin, winning the meet 13-3 on Thursday. The Tigers face four-seed Texas A&M at 8:30 p.m. today.

Fresno State earned just enough to get by, edging out 11-seed New Mexico State for the last Quarterfinal spot claimed on Thursday. Fresno State plays three-seed South Carolina at 8:30 p.m. today.

The winner between Kansas State and Georgia plays the Winner of the Auburn-Texas A&M meet in the semifinals at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The winner of the Baylor-OSU meet faces the winner of the South Carolina and Fresno State’s meet.