SPRINGTOWN, Texas – No. 9 Baylor equestrian (2-3, 1-1 Big 12) earned a closely-fought road win over conference foe, No. 7 TCU (2-3, 0-1) on Friday afternoon at Turning Point Ranch.
Drawing 10-10 on points, the meet came down to raw scores, with the Bears taking a 1413-1367 edge to secure the first Big 12 win at Baylor for first year head coach Casie Maxwell.
The meet began with fences, where Madison Day’s solid 82 scored BU’s first point in the event. The Bears battled on, but fell short, with Brittney Mirkov contributing a point, bringing the score to 3-2 advantage for TCU.
Following two exhibition rides in horsemanship, the Bears took the reins and rallied to a 3-2 event win. Elizabeth Forney’s 74.5 was the first to put BU on the scoreboard, followed by Kaylee Mellott and Abbi Demel both coming up with wins, bringing the competition totals to a 5-5 tie at the end of the first half of the meet.
Closing the meet with flat, the Bears battled, but fell short, giving a 3-2 edge to the Frogs. Sam Matthews and Brittney Mirkov contributed points for BU, bringing the overall competition score totals to a draw at 10-10.
When turning to raw scores, BU came out on top (1413-1367), snagging its first Big 12 win of the 2017-18 season.
• Madison Day’s 82 tied for the third-highest score in the discipline for a BU fences rider in 2017.
“I felt the team had great energy today. At away meets it can be difficult to adapt to different horses, but I was able to do that today. Overall, I am happy with how today went and glad that we could end the fall season on a confident note.” – Baylor senior Brittney Mirkov
“The team rode really strong and confident today. It’s been a long, challenging fall season, but they keep bouncing back and working on what they need to individually. Today, we were able to keep enough momentum in all four events to end with the win. It’s a great way to end the fall season and have some confidence going into the spring season.” – Baylor head coach Casie Maxwell
STAT OF THE DAY
4 – the consecutive number of seasons the Bears have won the road matchup with the Horned Frogs in Springtown.
Baylor finishes off its full fall schedule on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in a Hunt Seat only exhibition meet against Texas.