Baylor Bears Baseball Looking for R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Baylor Bear baseball team began their season with a dismal 0-3 showing at the annual Enron classic (last time it will be called that) in Houston. However, later they would travel to California to face the then, #6 ranked USC Trojans. The Bears would sweep them. Of course, the most important part of the season, Big 12 play was on the horizon, and the Bears would have to face two of the best teams in the Big 12 right off the bat.

When the conference season began, the Bears would first face a higher ranked Texas Longhorn team. Most fans can remember that during the SWC years, the Longhorns ruled where baseball was concerned, probably winning as many or more titles than the rest of the league, combined. The media of course, who sometime lets "nostalgia" over-rule sanity, had these Horns ranked well above the Bears. Baylor wound up winning the first game in Waco and the third game in Austin to take their seventh series in a row over the Horns. No nostalgia here, the Bears have been whipping the Horns like an unwanted stepchild.

Enter the Nebraska Cornhuskers, another Big 12 team ranked ahead of the Bears. They came into Waco with a swagger, taking the opener 14-5, and looked as though they might be able to back up their rating. Stephen White, however, shut them down the following day as the Bears won the second game in a close one, 2-1. The rubber game, however, was all Baylor as Jared Theordorakos pitched six innings allowing only one Husker run in the opening inning. The Bears jumped out to take a 6-1 lead, then it was 7-1 going into the seventh inning. In no time, the Bears would get a two-run double to go up 9-1 after seven. The Huskers would threaten in the top of the eighth, getting 5 runs to close the gap to 9-6, and then stifle the Bears to three-up, three-down in the bottom of the inning. However, with Kyle Edens on the mound in the ninth, the Huskers went down in order to give the series to the Bears, 2-1.

The question is now, however, will winning those two conference series in a row give the Bears the same respect of those that decide the rankings that the Horns and Huskers now have?


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