Sunday, October 11, 2015

WACO, Texas – The third-ranked Baylor equestrian team secured an 11-3 win over No. 9 New Mexico State and a 9-6 win over No. 5 Fresno State to take home its eighth-consecutive Willis Invitational title Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

“The girls did a good job," Baylor head coach Ellen White said. "We had some mistakes today that we normally do not make as a general rule. I was really proud of Kaylee Mellott, a freshman who stepped up as a MOP. We also had some horsemanship girls and took them to reining and stepped up and made it happen that way.”

BU and NMSU began its matchup Friday evening with Baylor leading 7-1 after equitation over flat and reining. On Saturday, NMSU managed a 2-1 win on equitation over fences to momentarily stay in the mix. Despite their efforts, the Aggies were unable to stop the Bears on horsemanship, and fell 3-0.

After securing the win over NMSU, BU went on to face 5th-ranked Fresno State. The Bears and Bulldogs broke even on hunter seat events, working to a 4-4 tie in the meet. On equitation, Fresno took the win, 3-1, and in fences Baylor got the edge, 3-1. It was the western team that secured Baylor’s victory by winning horsemanship and reining, 3-1 and 2-1, respectively.

After falling against Baylor on Friday, UT-Martin (Tenn.) dropped round two against Fresno State, 12-3. The Skyhawks bounced back with a victory over NMSU, 11-4.

At the end of the tournament, Baylor swept the meet’s head-to-head field, securing the first place finish.

Baylor not only won its eight-straight Willis Invitational, but the Bears earned 10 MOP honors Friday and Saturday in wins over UT Martin, New Mexico State and Fresno State.

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