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Taking The Good With The Bad
June 05, 2011
Saturday was a difficult day for the state of Oklahoma. But for Baylor, it was the exact opposite. Here's how it broke down:

* Oklahoma's baseball team, which reached the College World Series last season and started the season 16-0, was eliminated with two losses in the Fort Worth Regional. The Sooners lost to Dallas Baptist 3-2 in 10 innings Friday and 7-0 to Oral Roberts Saturday. Oklahoma had six hits and six errors in its final game. OU went 0-2 in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

* Oklahoma State was eliminated from the Nashville Regional with a 3-2 loss to fourth-seeded Belmont - the first NCAA tournament victory for that school. The Cowboys (35-25) lost 12 of their last 16 games. Oklahoma State was making its 38th NCAA appearance and it was only the second time it was eliminated in two games.

* Playing at Karsten Creek, its home course, Oklahoma State's top-ranked men's golf team hoped to win the national championship. But the Cowboys were eliminated in Saturday's semifinal by Augusta State. The defending national champions, Augusta State defeated Oklahoma State in match play for the second consecutive year - last season that result came in the championship match.

* Oklahoma's softball team suffered a similar fate and was eliminated by Missouri 4-1 Saturday afternoon at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Sooners committed four errors to help the Tigers mount their attack against sophomore pitcher Keilani Ricketts. Oklahoma, however, was considerably short handed. Second-team all-American catcher Jessica Shults was sidelined during the NCAA tournament with pan ulcerative colitis. Backup catcher Katie Norris couldn't play against Missouri because of a sprained elbow so third baseman Dani Dobbs volunteered to catch and Ali Vanderveer had to take over at third base.

* Reaching the Women's College World Series for the first time since 1998, Oklahoma State joined Oklahoma in OKC for the first time. The Cowgirls, though, went 0-2 in the WCWS and were eliminated Saturday by California, 6-2. Oklahoma State finished 42-20 and reached the NCAAs for the third consecutive season. "It's great for our program. It's great for Oklahoma State. It's a tribute to our seniors," OSU coach Rich Wieligman said. "What they've gone through and how they've brought us along, I can't say enough about what they've done for this program. I'm very proud of them."

* Baylor's softball team lived to play another day at the WCWS. The Lady Bears will face top-seeded Arizona State Sunday afternoon after outlasting Missouri in an elimination game that ended early Sunday morning. Baylor's Holly Holl hit a two-out, two-strike home run in the bottom of the 13th to end a classic pitcher's duel. The 1-0 victory left Baylor as the only one of four Big 12 schools still playing in OKC. The Lady Bears' Whitney Canion allowed two hits while the Tigers' Chelsea Thomas was valiant in defeat, striking out 19. "She knows that tonight wasn't her fault," Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine said. "We didn't hit. She pitched brilliant. One of the best pitching performances I've ever seen. Everybody saw it."

* Baylor's baseball team moved within one victory of reaching the Super Regionals with a 3-2 triumph Saturday over top-seeded Rice on the Owls' home field. The Bears' Josh Turley threw the first complete game of his career, allowing seven hits and striking out seven. The Bears (31-26) move on to the Houston Regional championship round, where they'll face the winner of the Rice-Cal game at 6 p.m. today. If Baylor wins, it would move on to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2005, while a loss would send the Bears into a final game at 6 p.m. Monday.

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