OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. – Baylor men’s golf is in second place with a two-round score of 3-over-par 563 at the Fighting Illini Invitational. The Bears shot 3-over 283 in Saturday’s second round at Olympia Fields, and they’ll enter Sunday’s final round three shots back of the lead.

No. 19 Alabama (E) shot even-par for the second straight day to remain atop the leaderboard. No. 4 Baylor (+3) is in second place, followed by No. 16 Texas A&M (+6), No. 1 Oklahoma State (+7) and No. 5 Illinois (+7) rounding out the top five. The 15-team field includes 10 of the nation’s top-20 ranked teams in the GCAA Preseason Coaches Poll.

No. 20 Florida State (+10) is in sixth place, followed by No. 8 USC (+15), No. 12 UNLV (+15), No. 14 Stanford (+16) and California (+19) to round out the top 10.

Junior Braden Bailey shot 2-under-par 68 on Saturday to climb six spots into a tie for fifth place at 3-under 137 for the tournament. He’s four shots back of the individual lead held by Alabama’s Davis Riley at 7-under 133. Junior Garrett May carded a 1-over 71 to move into a tie for eighth place at 1-under 139 through 36 holes.

Bears sweep XC titles at North Texas

DENTON – What’s better than one title? How about two?

Baylor’s cross country teams swept the team titles at the Ken Garland Invitational hosted by North Texas on Saturday at Discovery Park. The Baylor men put together one of their most dominant performances in years – placing five runners in the top nine in totaling a winning score of 26 points.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bears put five in the top 13 in claiming the women’s title, edging host North Texas by a single point, 38 to 39.

The men were led by Devin Meyrer, who got off to a strong start in his season debut, finishing second with a time of 20:20.0 over the four-mile race, behind only UNT’s Mike Lowe (20:10.3). Baylor also received terrific races from Jordan West (third, 20:28.6), T.J. Sugg (fifth, 20:46), Jeremy Meadows (seventh, 20:48.1) and Eric Anderson (ninth, 20:50.6).

In the women’s 5K, BU sophomore Gabby Satterlee picked up a silver medal individually to spur the team to the win. Satterlee completed the course in 18:21.9, six seconds behind the pace of champion Susannah Lynch of North Texas.

Baylor freshman Brooke Gilmore placed fourth at 18:40.6, while BU’s Allison Andrews-Paul (ninth, 19:38.5), Hana Marscheck (10th, 19:39.6) and Madelaine Johnston (19:47.8) rounded out the team’s scoring.

The Baylor women will be back in action next Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational, while the next race for the men will be at Notre Dame in two weeks.

Staiger reaches milestone as Baylor wins tourney

Chalk up a tournament title for the surging Baylor volleyball team.

In Saturday’s first game at the Jason’s Deli Baylor Classic, the Bears turned in an efficient all-around outing in sweeping St. John’s, 25-20, 25-13, 25-12. Then in the Bears’ final match later in the day, they dispatched UTSA, 25-18, 25-14, 18-25, 25-20, to win their fifth straight match as well as the tournament crown.

Katie Staiger ripped 20 kills in just three sets against St. John’s to reach a milestone, becoming Baylor’s all-time kills leader in the rally-scoring era. Staiger had only three errors in 38 attempts, finishing with a sparkling .447 hitting percentage.

Baylor (10-3) played feisty defense against St. John’s, limiting the Red Storm to just .133 hitting. Aniah Philo (13 digs) and Jana Brusek (11) led the back-row passing, and Brusek also delivered two of the team’s six aces.

Baylor will open up Big 12 play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Texas Tech.