The No. 8 Baylor equestrian team rallied for a 9-8 win over No. 5 Auburn in the opening meet of the the spring season Friday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

After Auburn took a 3-0 win in fences, Baylor (3-3) came back with a 3-2 win in reining behind the riding of Kaylynn DeBernard, Abbi Demel and Carly Salter.

Elizabeth Forney, Demel and Charlotte Green led the Bears to a 3-1 win in horsemanship. With the meet tied at 6-6, Baylor took a 3-2 win in flat riding as Rachel Van Allen won most outstanding performer honors.

“This was a huge win for us today,” said Baylor coach Casie Maxwell. “We have been practicing hard in preparation today and it’s an amazing feeling to see it all pay off.”

The Bears will face No. 7 TCU on Feb. 10 in Springtown.

6th-ranked Highlanders baseball rout Midland

Another game, another win.

McLennan Community College baseball, ranked No. 6 currently, routed Midland, 18-1, Friday at the Bosque River Ballpark. The Highlanders are now 5-0 on the season.

Unlike the previous games, MCC decided to start their scoring in the first inning with a Josh Breaux home run. They scored two more in the second and one in the fourth and fifth. Midland’s lone run was scored in the fifth.

The Highlanders then scored 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Their final runs came in the eighth.

Logan Freeman opened the game with eight strike outs in four and one-third innings. Nick Urbantke is credited with the win. Dylan Neuse went three for five with a double, a home run and four RBIs. Breaux, in addition to his home run, went three for six with 2 RBIs.

“When you look back at today, we had a really nice pitching performance from Freeman as a starter but also from Urbantke and Max Mize out of the bullpen,” said head coach Mitch Thompson. “As a coach, one of the things that really makes you feel good about your ballclub from time to time is especially when your bullpen is able to come in and really throw the ball well. Today, it was obvious that our bullpen did. Between Urbantke and Mize, they threw 4 2⁄3 innings, over half the ballgame; they struck out seven and gave up two hits. That’s a really nice performance. Our pitching staff only giving up five hits and one run, and striking out 15 Midland hitters, we will take that every day.”

MCC hosts Midland Saturday in a doubleheader, with the first game starting at noon at the Bosque River Ballpark.

MCC hoops welcomes Hill for double-dip

McLennan Community College’s basketball teams will continue conference action when they host Hill College Saturday at The Highlands. The Highlassies will begin their game at 2 p.m., and the No. 19-ranked Highlanders’ tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

The women are currently 11-9, 3-2 in conference play. The team broke a two-game losing streak with a come-from-behind home win over rival Temple, 66-62, on Wednesday night. They’ll face a Hill team with a record of 12-10 overall, with a 3-3 conference record.

The Highlanders are coming off an 86-74 win over Temple College. The team now sits at 21-2 for the season and is 4-1 in conference play. The lone conference loss was to Collin County last Saturday.

The visiting Rebels are 17-6 overall, 2-3 in conference play.

Eagles offer tickets to fan who feared missing Super Bowl

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. — The Philadelphia Eagles have surprised a fan who woke up groggy from recent dental surgery asking, “Did I miss the Super Bowl?!?”

She has two tickets for the big game in Minneapolis.

Haley Parks’ father tells the team reached out on social media Friday, offering his daughter the tickets.

She says she’s “freaking out” over the news.

Meanwhile, her parents are trying to find flights to Minneapolis.

Her father posted a video on Facebook this week showing the 21-year-old Rutgers student coming out of anesthesia after having her wisdom teeth removed. She babbled about the Eagles through a mouth of cotton packing. The video had been viewed more than a million times.

The Eagles face the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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