May 18, 2013
"I'm disappointed that we didn't advance, but I'm proud of the way the guy competed for the last 36 holes," head coach Greg Priest said. "We just dug ourselves a hole we couldn't get out of. We really had a hard time all season putting 54 holes together, and I think there were only three teams that played better than us the last two rounds."
California (-43, 821), TCU (-23, 841), St. Mary's [Calif.] (-22, 842), Southern California (-20, 844) and Ball State (-8, 856) all advanced. Ball State defeated San Diego State on the first playoff hole to claim the fifth and final spot.
Baylor (-3, 861) tied for 10th place with Virginia Tech, and the Bears came up just shy of Pacific (-6, 858) in seventh place, BYU (-5, 859) in eighth and Memphis (-4, 860) in ninth.
Ryan O'Rear (-1, 215) had the Bears' best final round of 2-under-par 70. He made five birdies on the day, helping him jump 13 spots in the standings to a tie for 30th place in his last collegiate tournament.
Kyle Jones (-2, 214) had Baylor's lowest 54-hole total and finished tied for 23rd place individually. He birdied his first hole (No. 10) in the final round, then made 15 pars and two bogeys the rest of the way to shoot 1-over-par 73 on Saturday.
Filippo Zucchetti (-1, 215) entered the final round tied for 16th place, but a 3-over-par 75 dropped him to a tie for 30th. Zucchetti rebounded from two early bogeys to take the turn at even-par, and he remained even with four holes to go, but a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 7 dropped him to 3-over.
Niclas Mansson (+4, 220) tied for 52nd place after shooting his best round of the tournament with an even-par 72 on Saturday. He was 1-under-par at the turn, then moved to 1-over par with consecutive bogeys on the back nine before finishing with a birdie to get back to even-par.
Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+7, 223) also recorded his best round of the tournament at even-par 72. He made one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars, including 13 consecutive pars to close out the regional and finish in 61st place.
"This is still a very young group, and we return four of the five guys next year," Priest said. "I want to thank Ryan O'Rear for all his hard work and effort over the last four years."
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NCAA PULLMAN REGIONAL RESULTS
1. California (-43, 821)
2. TCU (-23, 841)
3. St. Mary's [Calif.] (-22, 842)
4. Southern California (-20, 844)
t5. Ball State (-8, 856)
t5. San Diego State (-8, 856)
7. Pacific (-6, 858)
8. BYU (-5, 859)
9. Memphis (-4, 860)
t10. Baylor (-3, 861)
t10. Virginia Tech (-3, 861)
12. North Texas (+1, 865)
13. Princeton (+15, 879)
14. St. Francis [Penn.] (+63, 927)