Oklahoma Baptist's swimming and diving teams are only two years old — but the Bison have made quite the splash in the NAIA. OBU's men's program won its second consecutive national championship, and the women's team won its first late Saturday at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center.
OBU's men, led by national record-setting performances from Daniel Ramirez (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Nick Schuttinger (100 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle), coasted to 881 team points; runner-up Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) totaled 448.5 points. The women's team had a similar rout, beating Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) by 225 points. Laura Galarza, Emma Forbes-Milne, Lisa MacManus and Nicole Wilson contributed to Oklahoma Baptist's victory, winning the 400-meter freestyle relay in a national record 3 minutes, 25.63 seconds.
In all, the OBU men's and women's teams combined for nine national records.
OU CRUSHES PEPPERDINE
Jack Mayfield, Max White and Garrett Carey homered Sunday as Oklahoma whipped Pepperdine (Calif.) 8-1 in the finale of a baseball series at Mitchell Park. A crowd of 1,038 watched starting pitcher Adam Choplick and reliever Billy Waltrip limit Pepperdine to five hits and four walks. Waltrip had seven strikeouts; Choplick had three.
OU (11-1) plays at Texas-Arlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
COWBOYS' STREAK SNAPPED
Reliever Randy McCurry was tagged for two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, and California-Davis rallied for a 4-3 baseball win over Oklahoma State at Reynolds Stadium. McCurry fell to 1-1 this season after Steve Patterson and Spencer Brann delivered run-scoring hits. Brann's go-ahead RBI came with two outs.
OSU, which had a seven-game win streak snapped, twice had a tying runner on first base in the bottom of the ninth, but it failed to score against Cal-Davis closer Max Cordy.
The Cowboys (9-2) host Missouri State at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
SOONERS BEAT COUGARS
Top-ranked Oklahoma returned to its winning ways Sunday, beating Houston 4-1 in softball at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.
Brittany Williams and Georgia Casey each had two RBIs for the Sooners (18-1).
OU next plays 3 p.m. Wednesday at Wichita State.
COWGIRLS DROP TWO
Former Big 12 rival Nebraska took care of business in a doubleheader vs. Oklahoma State, sweeping the Cowgirls 3-0 and 10-5 in Stillwater.
Tarah Ettinger was one of the few bright spots for OSU (7-11), collecting three hits and three RBIs over the two games. She had a three-run homer in first inning of the nightcap. That helped tie the score 5-5, but the Cornhuskers took the lead for good in the top of the second inning.
OSU next plays Friday, when it hosts Santa Clara (Calif.), Northern Iowa and Cleveland State in the Mizuno Classic.