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Baylor softball stomps Sam Houston, 8-0

Taylor Ellis blasted a two-run homer as Baylor romped to an 8-0 run-rule win over Sam Houston State in five innings on Wednesday night at Getterman Stadium to break a seven-game losing streak.

Sidney Holman-Mansell (7-3) held the Bearkats (13-24) to two hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings before Aliyah Binford got the final out in the fifth after allowing a hit.

Ellis hit her two-run homer over the right-centerfield fence in Baylor’s three-run first inning. The Lady Bears (22-12) erupted for five runs in the third inning as Hannah Smith hit a two-run single and Sydney Callazos hit a two-run double.

Baylor will return to Big 12 play against Iowa State in a three-game series in Ames Friday through Sunday.

MCC baseball sweeps two versus Vernon

VERNON — The McLennan Community College baseball team swept Vernon College in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Chaparrals’ Bob & Anna Wright Baseball Field.

MCC won the opener, 9-1, then claimed the nightcap, 6-2.

The Highlanders broke the first game open with a five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. Dominic Tamez and Mason Greer each had run-scoring doubles to cap the inning and boost the lead to 9-0.

Logan Henderson started on the mound for MCC and worked the first six innings, striking out 15 and giving up one run on five hits. Landon Dorman finished up the seven-inning game by retiring Vernon in order in the bottom of the seventh.

MCC built a 6-0 lead in the second game. Tamez and Hank Bard homered in the top of the third and Bard added another two-run shot in the top of the sixth.

Highlanders pitcher Jack Hattrup started the second game and shut out Vernon for five innings. Three MCC pitchers finished the last four innings, holding the Chaps to a pair of runs.

The Highlanders (26-16, 15-7 in conference) host Vernon in a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday at Bosque River Ballpark.

MCC softball splits doubleheader with Vernon

The McLennan Community College softball team split a doubleheader versus Vernon College on Wednesday at Bosque River Ballpark.

MCC won the opener, 6-5, then the Lady Chaparrals answered with a 12-6 victory in the nightcap.

The Highlassies’ Melayna Lopez came up with a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to score Bailey Krolczyk in the first game.

MCC’s Secilia Lopez pitched the seventh, holding Vernon to one run, and got the win.

Vernon scored six runs through the first two innings of the nightcap to establish a 6-1 lead and held off the Highlassies.

MCC (33-15, 19-7 in conference) continues its season with a doubleheader at Vernon on Saturday.

Baylor tennis hosting Big 12 Championships

The Baylor men’s and women’s teams will host the Big 12 Championships starting Thursday and concluding Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

No. 8 seed Kansas State will play No. 9 seed Kansas in the opening match of the women’s tournament at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The women’s quarterfinals will begin at noon on Friday. Semifinals will be Saturday and the championship match will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The men’s first round will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The semifinals will be Sunday and the championship match is set to start at 2 p.m. on Monday.

BU’s Miller named Big 12 Athlete of Week

Baylor’s Aaliyah Miller claimed Big 12 Track Athlete of the Week honors after taking part in a historic running of the 800 meters last weekend at the Michael Johnson Invitational.

Miller set the Baylor outdoor record in a time of 2:00.87, the best of her career. And yet that time was second in the race, as Texas A&M’s Athing Mu set a new collegiate mark at 1:57.73.

Miller now owns the Baylor 800 records both indoor and outdoors. She won the national title in the event during the indoor season.

Bears’ Pressley, Harrison named All-Americans

Baylor volleyball’s Yossiana Pressley again won AVCA first-team All-American honors on Wednesday, while her teammate Lauren Harrison was an honorable mention selection.

Pressley earned a first-team spot for the second time in her career and has been honored by the AVCA in some capacity four times overall. She led the Big 12 in kills with 488, and ranks as the NCAA Division I active leader in career kills with 1,942.

“Yossi did it all this season,” Baylor coach Ryan McGuyre said, who has coached 11 All-America selections in the past five years at BU.

Harrison, a transfer from North Carolina, totaled 305 kills, including 18 double-digit kill matches.

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