WACO, Texas - The No. 4 seed Baylor Hunter Seat team came back from a 3-1 deficit to upset No. 1 Auburn 4-3 in the second round of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.
"What a total team effort that was," head coach Ellen White said. "We took it one ride at a time and chipped away at that lead. I am so happy these girls get to experience what it is like to compete for a championship."
The Bears will face No. 7 seed Texas A&M for the fourth time this season, with lineups set to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Baylor is 2-0-1 against the Aggies in 2011-12.
Auburn jumped out to a 3-1 lead in Flat, as Taylor Brown's 152 ended up being a big point for BU.
Ashley Ann McGehee (149) led off Fences with a big tie to keep the Bears alive at 3-1. From there, Baylor's Lisa Goldman reeled off a 176 to surpass her opponent's 165 to cut the AU lead to one. Freshman Samantha Schaefer (178) rode against senior Maggie McAlary, and put up the highest score of the night to even it at 3-3. As the last rider to go, junior Taylor Brown needed a 142 to tie, and bested it by 22 points with a 164 for the win.
Saturday mill mark the first time Baylor has competed for a NCEA title in either discipline. The showdown with the Aggies will also be the first time in the 11-year history of the Championship that a Big 12 school will win a Hunter Seat title, as an SEC squad has won the last 10.