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Baylor baseball bandwagon rolls into Norman

Sooners will face red-hot Bears in a three-game series this weekend.
by John Helsley Published: May 10, 2012

The Baylor bandwagon rolls into Norman this weekend — Sooner Schooner beware — as the school's big breakout extends throughout this school year, and maybe beyond.

In a nine-month span that's seen Robert Griffin III win the Heisman and Baylor win a bowl game and the women's basketball team claim a national title and the men's basketball team share in March Madness, now the Bears are dominating play in baseball.

What's in the water in Waco?

And does Dr Pepper know?

Might as well book Baylor for the College World Series, the way things are going for the folks in green and gold. The Bears, unbeaten in Big 12 play, have already secured the league championship and are standing tall as a national contender.

And they've done all this as a lot of baseball people scratch their heads in disbelief.

Picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll (behind Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma), Baylor commanded zero first-place votes. They sat just on the fringe of the rankings as the season began, receiving votes and getting some play in the polls that extended past the Top 25.

The Bears still weren't in anybody's Top 25 on March 19, when they stood 11-7 overall with losses to Lamar and Texas-Arlington and Michigan State.

They got a break, in the form of three straight home league series to start Big 12 play. And they got hot.

And stayed hot.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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Friday: Baylor, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Baylor, 2 p.m.

Sunday: Baylor, 1 p.m.

May 15: TCU, 6:30 p.m.

May 17: Samford, 6:30 p.m.

May 18: Samford, 6:30 p.m.

May 19: Samford, 2 p.m.


Friday: Alcorn State, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Alcorn State, 2 p.m.

Sunday: Alcorn State, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: at Dallas Baptist, 4 p.m.

May 17: Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.

May 18: Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.

May 19: Texas A&M, 1 p.m.


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