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BU women’s golf earns NCAA No. 3 seed

The Baylor women’s golf team is headed to the NCAA’s Baton Rouge (La.) Regional.

The Bears earned the No. 3 seed in the regional, which is scheduled for May 10-12 at LSU’s University Club. LSU is the No. 1 seed and Ole Miss is No. 2. The rest of the field includes Oregon, Maryland, Alabama, Oregon State, Houston, Miami, North Texas, Purdue, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Quinnipiac. Baylor has won a school-record six tournament titles in the 2020-21 year and earlier in the season held the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.

LSU paying Mulkey $2.5 million

LSU released a term sheet detailing new women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey’s contract on Wednesday.

Mulkey signed an eight-year deal worth $2.5 million in the first year and escalating to more than $3 million by 2027.

According to various reports, Mulkey was making $2.27 million at Baylor.

LSU lured Mulkey away from Baylor and announced her as its new head coach on Sunday with an introductory press conference that followed on Monday.

Mulkey said LSU, in her home state of Louisiana, was the only school for which she would have left Baylor.

Mulkey led Baylor to national championships in 2005, 2012 and 2019 and also won 12 Big 12 regular season championships.

BU men’s golfers end up sixth at Big 12

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Baylor men’s golf team finished in sixth place at the Big 12 Championships, which wrapped up Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Baylor shot 4-over 284 in the final round, and finished at 38-over 1,158.

Baylor’s Mark Reppe and Colin Kober tied for 10th overall at 9-over 289, and both closed with a 1-under 71 on Wednesday. In fact, Baylor’s top five players all shot 71 to close things out. Reppe and Kober both made the all-tournament team thanks to their finishes.

Next up for the Bears, they’ll await their NCAA postseason fate. They’re expected to earn an NCAA Regional berth for the 23rd straight tournament. The selection show airs May 5 at 1 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

MCC softball takes two from NCTC

The McLennan Community College softball team swept a doubleheader versus North Central Texas College on Wednesday at Bosque River Ballpark.

MCC won the opener, 8-2, then claimed the nightcap, 6-4.

Highlassies starting pitcher Reese Taylor tossed a complete game for the win in the first game. She struck out five and walked just one while holding the Lions two two runs, none earned. MCC rallied for three runs in the first inning, sparking by run-scoring hits by Melayna Lopez and Caitlyn Wong. Lopez and Wong got it going again in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back solo home runs to cap the scoring.

The Highlassies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to overtake North Central Texas in the second game. Bailey Krolczyk earned a bases-loaded walk for the game-winning run, then Sidney Campion added a double that scored Ka’Lyn Watson.

MCC’s Anissa Arredondo pitched the last three innings to earn the win in the second game.

The Highlassies (38-16, 23-7 in conference) continue their season with a doubleheader at NCTC on Saturday.

Guard Akinjo officially signs with Bears

Baylor announced the signing of former Arizona all-Pac 12 guard James Akinjo after he verbally committed last week.

The 6-1 Akinjo will have two years of remaining eligibility when he joins the Bears this summer. He has played 66 games and made 65 starts over three collegiate seasons, spending his first two years at Georgetown before playing at Arizona during the 2020-21 season.

The 2020-21 season didn’t count against NCAA eligibility due to COVID-19 interruptions.

Akinjo averaged 15.6 points and ranked second in the Pac-12 in assists with 5.4 per game. He ranked seventh in the league with a 40.8 3-point percentage and ninth with an 81.9 free throw percentage.

“James brings a wealth of experience at the high-major level and is a proven all-conference performer,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “He’s an extremely hard worker who is a tremendous culture fit. We can’t wait to get him on campus and into our program this summer.”

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