Three Baylor athletes have been named Big 12 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. Senior pitcher Kyle Hill won the honor for baseball, junior Colin Kober for men’s golf, and senior Jimmy Bendeck for men’s tennis.
Hill had a 3.45 GPA as a finance major. He did not surrender a run in 29.1 innings this year, and was a 10th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the MLB Draft.
Kober recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA as an accounting major. He held a 73.86 stroke average across 28 rounds, including 12 rounds of par or better.
Bendeck recorded a 3.91 GPA as a senior finance, entrepreneurship and corporate innovation major. He was an All-American in doubles with teammate Sven Lah.
Other spring honorees by the Big 12 included TCU’s Hayden Springer, who shared the men’s golf honor with Kober, TCU’s Annika Clark (women’s golf), Kansas State’s Molly Ross and Oklahoma’s Louise Kuehster (co-rowing winners), Iowa State’s Sami Williams (softball), Oklahoma State’s Katarina Stresnakova (women’s tennis), Kansas State’s Brett Neelly (men’s track) and Kansas State’s Ranae McKenzie (women’s track).
Baylor men’s tennis hosting 2020 ITA Kick-Off Weekend
The Baylor men’s tennis program has been chosen as a host for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to be held Jan. 25-26, 2020, at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.
The Bears will be joined by Louisville, New Mexico and Gonzaga in one of 15 four-team tournaments in the event. The winner of the Waco site will advance to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in Madison, Wis.
The Bears will compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the ninth time in the 11 years of its existence. Baylor advanced to the national tournament in each of its previous eight entries.
Last season, Baylor traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Bears swept a pair of matches against No. 12 Georgia and the 24th-ranked host Wolverines to reach the national tournament in Chicago. Eighth-ranked North Carolina defeated Baylor in the opening round of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships.
5-star prospect commits to BU women’s tennis
Audrey Boch-Collins of Las Vegas, Nev., announced her commitment to the Baylor women’s tennis program via Instagram on Thursday.
Boch-Collins, who is the 19th-ranked player in the nation in her class according to the most recent Tennis Recruiting Network Babolat recruiting list, boasts a sparkling 30-7 record versus four-star and five-star prospects. She recently claimed her third consecutive Nevada high school singles state championship and is undefeated in high school competition, having never dropped a set.
“I am so excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play tennis at Baylor University!” Boch-Collins said on Instagram.
Rangers to hold Baylor Night on June 21
The Texas Rangers will hold their sixth annual Baylor University Night on June 21 when they host the Chicago White Sox in Arlington.
The Rangers will offer discounted tickets to Baylor fans, students and alumni. Fans who purchase their tickets online through www.texasrangers.com/udays will receive a special Baylor-themed Rangers cap as well.
The Rangers have already held “University Day” promotions for fans of TCU and Oklahoma State this season, and will hold their Oklahoma Night on Friday against Oakland. Other schools to be included are Texas Tech (June 19, vs. Cleveland), Texas (June 22, vs. White Sox), and UT-Arlington (Sept. 12, vs. Tampa Bay).
Baylor closer Hill up for Stopper of the Year
Baylor senior closer Kyle Hill was lights out in 2019, and he continues to shine with honors.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association picked Hill as one of six finalists for its Stopper of the Year Award. He joins Illinois’ Garrett Acton, Connecticut’s Jake Wallace, Eastern Kentucky’s Aaron Ochsenbein, UCLA’s Holden Powell and Vanderbilt’s Tyler Brown on the list. The winner will be announced June 15.
Hill went 6-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA this year. He made seven saves, and his scoreless streak of 32.2 innings, dating back to last year, is the longest in school history.
The Seattle Mariners made Hill a 10th-round pick earlier this week.
Baylor softball’s Krupit transferring
Baylor softball’s Kassidy Krupit is transferring to South Carolina.
The freshman infielder announced the move on Twitter Thursday. She hit .236 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 2019, leading the team in homers and RBIs. She also made 15 appearances in the pitching circle, going 1-2 with an 8.44 ERA.
Former Baylor star Prince on the move to Nets
NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that will clear additional salary cap space.
The Nets will get forward Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick in the deal, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until July 6. Prince, in his third year out of Baylor, averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists this season.
Brooklyn will hope to have secured at least one high-profile commitment in free agency by then. The Nets were already in position to be able to afford a max player and by moving Crabbe’s $18.5 million salary for 2019-20, more money will become available to them.
The trade was first reported by ESPN.com.
Baylor’s Miller fails to advance at NCAA meet
AUSTIN — Baylor’s Aaliyah Miller couldn’t replicate the kind of race she ran in the NCAA West Prelims, as the sophomore failed to advance through the semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday.
Miller ran 2:06.30, finishing eighth in her 800-meter heat and 19th overall. The sophomore set the Big 12 record at 2:02.41 last year, and was coming off a season-best time of 2:03.68 from her effort in Sacramento to qualify for nationals.
But BU’s lone individual qualifier on the women’s side failed to get through to the final. The women’s 4x400 relay team for Baylor had not competed yet as of press time Thursday.