Bouncing back from a two game losing streak, the No. 6 McLennan Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader from Navarro College Thursday at the Bosque River Ballpark.

The first game, scheduled for seven innings, ended 4-2. Logan Freeman got the win, and Payton Strambler gained the save. The Highlanders’ Chase Sortor and Dylan Neuse both homered in the game.

MCC came from behind to win the second game, 11-9, with Alex DeLeon garnering the win. Sortor hit a home run in the second game, as did Griffin Paxton. The Highlanders held an 8-5 lead before the Bulldogs scored four times in the top of the seventh inning. MCC rallied with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth. Strambler came on at the top of the ninth and ended the game striking out two and forcing a fly out to end the game.

Head coach Mitch Thompson said, “It’s always good to get two Ws, so anytime you can sweep a doubleheader you have to be pleased with the effort.”

The teams play a third game Friday at noon at the Bosque River Ballpark.

Trio of Lady Bears receive Academic All-Big 12 honors

Three Lady Bears received 2018 Academic All-Big 12 awards on Thursday as Lauren Cox was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while Natalie Chou and Kristy Wallace were each named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

Cox, a communication studies major, was named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team and is a three-time Dean’s List honoree and a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. The sophomore was named to the first team for posting a 3.20 GPA or higher.

Chou and Wallace were named to the second time for posting a GPA between 3.00 and 3.19. Chou, a pre-business major, has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2017.

Wallace, a health, kinesiology and leisure studies major, is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2016 and an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2016. Wallace is one of 11 players on this year’s list, who have earned three or more career Academic All-Big 12 honors

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

A total of 46 of Baylor’s 54 Academic All-Big 12 selections have come in the head coach Kim Mulkey era.

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