Early Season Test Passed By Bears

In their first game at the college baseball classic at Minute Maid Park, the Baylor Bears knocked out the ace pitcher for the Houston Cougars after an inning and two-thirds, and went on to blow the Cougars away, 14-4. In the second game, the 10th ranked Bears met the #2 ranked Rice Owls. The Bears gave up three critical runs in the first inning, but it was the Owls who had to survive the 4-3 win. Today, the Bears made short work of Louisiana. It was a good showing for early in the season.

At last year's classic, the Bears were victims of a one point loss, times three. This year, the Bears take a 2-1 record home to Waco. They have to be feeling much better about themselves than they did a year ago.

There is little doubt that Baylor and Rice were the "top dogs" in this tournament. Houston threw their best pitcher at the Bears in game one, and there is little doubt but that Rice saved their best for the Bears for day two. The Bears dispatched the Cougars with ease, but struggled against the more highly rated Owls before losing 4-3. Then, like winning teams are supposed to do, they took care of business against the team from Louisiana and went home.

The Bears will get another good "field test" next weekend at home against USC, that's the University of Southern California. There is no doubt the Trojans will be remembering the Bears visit of a year ago and the sweep they took back home to Waco. USC is rated as high as #3 in some polls, so this series should provide the Bears with a good barometer of how the season might go.

However, now their coming home from the baseball classic at 2-1, and right now, 0-3 is a distant memory.


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