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Freshman jumper Johnny Brackins finished seventh with a 24-11 ¼ long jump to earn an NCAA All-American spot at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Birmingham Crossplex. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

By Marquis Cooley | sports editor

As Baylor University took hold last week, Baylor Athletics kept moving as multiple teams faced off over spring break. Here’s a rundown of everything that happened while you were gone.

Brackins earns All-American honors at Indoor Nationals

Baylor Athletics competed in the NCAA Indoor Athletics Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama. Freshman jumper Johnny Brackins was the only Bear to win material, finishing seventh with a 24-11 ¼ long jump to earn a spot on the NCAA All-American list.

Baylor officially opens its outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth.

Acro advances to 4-0

Baylor's acrobatics and tumbling picked up their fourth victory of the season by beating Saint Leo.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Baylor’s acrobatics and tumbling picked up their fourth victory of the season by beating Saint Leo.
Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

No. 1 Baylor’s acrobatics and tumbling proved too much for Saint Leo University, passing the Lions in each end to beat them by 23.35 points, winning 285.240 – 261.890 to improve to 4-0 on the year .

Next, Baylor will face Quinnipiac University at noon CT Saturday in Hamden, Connecticut.

Baseball scores huge wins in Houston

Baylor Baseball won a few upsets, hitting No. 23 UCLA as well as No. 7 LSU.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Baylor Baseball won a few upsets, hitting No. 23 UCLA as well as No. 7 LSU.
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Baylor Baseball (9-6) had a huge week as the team earned two ranked wins in the Shriners Classic, beating 23rd University of California, Los Angeles 2-1 and 7th Louisiana State University 9 -6 after falling to No. 17 University of Tennessee 10-5 to go 2-1 in the event.

The Bears continued their impressive outing by winning three of their next four games, with a 6-4 win over Abilene Christian University and a 2-1 win over Columbia University.

Next, Baylor will face Sam Houston State University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium in Huntsville.

Softball participates in the Rainbow Wahine Classic

Baylor softball struggled a bit in the
Baylor’s softball struggled a bit in the Rainbow Wahine Classic, going just 1-3 in Honolulu.
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After splitting their doubleheader with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Baylor Softball (12-9) traveled to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Bears went 1-3 on the weekend, earning a win over tournament host Hawaii while suffering a loss to undefeated University of Oklahoma and losing two games to University of California, Berkeley.

Baylor is looking to bounce back with a win over Texas State University when the two teams face off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos.

Male tennis notches win on the road

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Baylor men’s tennis continues to win victories on the road.
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The No. 5 Men’s Tennis (17-1) had a spring break of its own as the team pitted in Illinois to inflict a 4-1 loss at No. 58 University of Illinois before arriving in Arizona for games against Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The Bears managed to pull off a 4-3 win over the Sun Devils, as well as hand the Wildcats their first home loss of the season, beating them 5-2.

The Bears continue to play on the road, with their next opponent being the University of Michigan at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Women’s tennis dominates the competition

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Women’s tennis opened conference play with a pair of sweeps for the second consecutive season.
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The No. 33 Women’s Tennis (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) had a tear during spring break, earning four straight wins. The Bears gave up just one point in four games, as they swept the University of North Texas 4-0 and conquered Abilene Christian 6-1 before opening conference play with a bang, sweeping to both Texas Christian University and Texas Tech University 7-0

Baylor’s next opponent is Iowa State University at 3 p.m. Friday at Forker Courts in Ames, Iowa.

Riding ends regular season in California

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Baylor Equestrian finished its regular season in California with a 1-1 record on the trip.
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The No. 5 Baylor Equestrian (6-6, 2-4 Big 12) concluded the regular season with a pair of games in California. The Bears split their weekend, losing to No. 8 Fresno State University 12-6 before ending the season with a 13-7 win over UC Davis.

Baylor is set to compete in the Big 12 Championship, starting March 25, at Diamond Creek Ranch in Burleson.

Women’s basketball loses in Big 12 Championship final

Junior guard Ja'Mee Asberry finished the game with 13 points.  Asberry's three 3-pointers in the contest put her at 75 for the season, tying Emily Niemann (2003-04) for second place in program history.  Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Junior guard Ja’Mee Asberry finished the game with 13 points. Asberry’s three 3-pointers in the contest put her at 75 for the season, tying Emily Niemann (2003-04) for second place in program history. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

4 Baylor Women’s Basketball (27-6, 15-3 Big 12) was able to claim the Big 12 title by demolishing Texas Tech in the regular season finale. The Bears continued that momentum in the Big 12 tournament, dusting off Oklahoma State University in the quarterfinals with a vengeful victory over Oklahoma in the semifinals. However, Baylor got a taste of its own medicine in the final when No. 7 University of Texas snapped a 13-game losing streak against green and gold to claim its first tournament title. Big 12 since 2003 with a 67-58 upset of the Bears.

Following the loss, Baylor was named the No. 2 seed in the Wichita area and will face No. 15 University of Hawaii at Mānoa (20-9, 13-3 Big West) at 3 p.m. Friday. at the Ferrell Center. .

Men’s basketball drops to Big 12 tournament quarterfinals

Senior guard James Akinjo's 16 points weren't enough as No. 3 Baylor fell to Oklahoma 72-67 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 10 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Senior guard James Akinjo’s 16 points weren’t enough as No. 3 Baylor fell to Oklahoma 72-67 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 10 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

After beating Iowa State University 75-68 to claim a share of the Big 12 regular season title, there was some disappointment as the Bears lost to the University of Oklahoma 72-67 in the quarter-finals of the Big 12 tournament.

The surprising loss didn’t hurt Baylor’s tournament standings as they were still able to secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Region and will face No. 16 Norfolk State University (24- 6, 12-2 Mid Eastern Athletic). Tipoff will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth.

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