Bears Head To College World Series

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    The Bears celebrate earning their first trip to the College World Series since 1978.
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    Josh Ford and Michael Griffin
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    Interim President Bill Underwood
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    Michael Griffin
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    Josh Ford
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    Baylor Bears find shade during the sendoff celebration.
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    Head Coach Steve Smith
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    Hundreds of fans gathered in the heat outside Baylor Ballpark to send the Bears to Omaha.
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    Baylor Ballpark
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    The Bears leave for Omaha.
June 16, 2005

by Lori Fogleman (254) 710-6275

Baylor continues its amazing athletic success in the spring as the baseball team makes its first trip to the College World Series since 1978.

The Bears face Big 12 Conference foe Texas in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The Bears left Waco on June 15, following a sendoff celebration at Baylor Ballpark. Among those speaking at the event were Interim President William D. Underwood, Associate Athletic Director Todd Patulski, seniors Michael Griffin and Josh Ford, and Head Coach Steve Smith.

Smith coached Baylor to a regular season co-Big 12 championship and then a Super Regional title to earn a trip to the College World Series.

The spring athletic season has been an unprecedented one at Baylor. The university has won Big 12 Conference titles in four sports - women's basketball, men's tennis, women's tennis and baseball; two Big 12 tournament titles - women's basketball and men's tennis; a national championship in women's basketball, the first-ever title in that sport for men or women in the Big 12; NCAA tennis singles titles for Benedict Dorsch and Zuzanna Zemenova; and an individual NCAA championship for Olympic gold medalist Darold Williamson in the 400 meters. All spring sports - 12 of Baylor's 17 programs - participated in NCAA postseason play.

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