Baylor University has been known for having strong spring sports for the past two plus decades. Ranging from the College World Series teams of the 90s, to the elite 4x400 meter relay teams under Coach Hart, to the Big 12 dynasty of the men's tennis teams, the Bears have excelled during the spring semester.
2017 is no different as Baylor has seen excellence across many sports, headlined by Baylor softball's trip to the College World Series in Oklahoma City. A stunning upset of Arizona, in Tempe, over the weekend propelled the Lady Bears to their 4th CWS trip, and third trip in seven years under longtime coach Glenn Moore.
The Lady Bears lost the first game to Arizona on Friday night, an 8-time national champion under coach Mike Candrea, the Lady Bears won the final two games to become the first 15th seed to advance to the World Series since Tennessee won it all in 2010.
It was a comeback in game-3 as well, as freshman Shelby McGlaun hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 7th inning to put the Lady Bears up for good, 6-5. Both game two and game three were late inning rallies for the Lady Bears, who have proven more than capable of coming from behind.
The Baylor baseball team got in on the fun as well, though off the field, with their selection as the 2-seed in the Houston region for the NCAA baseball tournament. The Bears are back in the tournament for the first time since 2012, and first trip under coach Steve Rodriguez. Baylor (34-21) is going to the regional round for the 19th time in school history, and will be facing off against 3rd seeded Texas A&M on Friday at 2pm CT. They will go onto face the winner/loser of Houston vs. No. 4 Iowa.
Baylor golf also capped off a great year for both the men and women. The Lady Bears advanced to the match play round and fell in the quarterfinals to top-ranked Stanford, 3-2. This was the second time in 3-seasons that the Lady Bears fell to Stanford 3-2, losing the 2015 national championship match to the Cardinal as well.
The men also advanced to the match play round, though falling Tuesday afternoon to Oklahoma 3-2. The match went down to the last pair and even extended into a playoff, where the Bears would fall. It was a program best year for the Baylor men, one that saw them rise to #1 in the rankings at one point.
Finally, Baylor athletes earned 21 entries in 17 events for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, nearly double what they did last year. The Bears will travel up to Eugene, Ore., beginning on June 7th. Baylor star sprinter Taylor Bennett will be running in four events, including the 100 meters, 4x100, 4x400, and the 200.
It is the 38th straight year that the men's 4x400-meter relay will be at the national outdoor championship, headlined by Baylor football WR Chris Platt, Wil London, Caleb Dickson, and George Caddick who turned in a time of 3:03.33 to finish third overall last weekend at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin.
With the track teams, and Baylor Softball and Baseball still going strong, there is plenty to cheer for this spring for Baylor fans.