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Feb. 23, 2001

Softball team heads to New Mexico tourney

The Baylor softball team is hitting the road again this weekend for the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State University will host the tournament.

At 14-4, the Lady Bears are off to their best 18-game start in school history. In the first coaches poll of the season released Wednesday, Baylor received 17 votes, which ranks the Lady Bears at No. 33 in the country.

Leading the assault for Baylor is catcher Ryan Stukel, who leads the Big 12 Conference with 21 hits and three home runs and is tied for second with 13 RBI. Additionally, pitcher Joni Miller leads the league with eight wins, four saves and a pair of shutouts.

This will be the third tournament Baylor has appeared in this season, with the Lady Bears dominant in the first two. Baylor was declared quad-champions in the UTA/Isuzu Motors Classic in Arlington. Last weekend, they claimed the University Centre Classic in Gainesville, Fla.

Baylor will face the University of Houston at 2 p.m. today, followed by a 7:45 p.m. match-up with Southern Illinois University. On Saturday, Baylor plays NMSU at 4 p.m. before battling Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at 7:45. The Lady Bears end play on Sunday against the No. 20-ranked University of Oregon.

Men's tennis hits the road to open conference play

The No. 21-ranked Baylor men's tennis team (2-2) travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the University of Nebraska (5-2) for their first Big 12 match today at noon. The Bears will then travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Buffaloes (3-1) Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Bears have won two games in a row, but their last match was on Feb. 11 when they defeated Tulane University 4-3.

The women's golf team opens Spring season

The Baylor women's golf team opens their Spring season today and Saturday as they travel to Dallas to participate in the 2001 Midwest Classic at the Hyatt Bear Creek Golf Club.

Track team travels to Nebraska to compete in Big 12 championships

The Baylor track team will be competing in the Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships today and Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The men's track team comes into the meet ranked eighth in the nation; however, neither the men or the women have competed since Feb. 10.

Last season the men finished fourth in the meet, while the women finished ninth. The men also took home three individual titles in Brandon Couts (400 meters), Floyd Thompson (600 yards) and the men's 4x400-meter relay, while the women brought home a 1st place trophy in the women's 4x400-meter relay.

There are four members of the men's track team that have already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 9 through 10. They are Brandon Couts, Bayano Kamani, Floyd Thompson and Zsolt Szeglet of the men's 4x400-meter relay team. Couts also has qualified in the 400 meter dash.