EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team made it a point to protect their house and they did exactly that as they rolled over Baylor, 287.115-267.220 on Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Matthew Knight Arena.
With the victory over the Bears (0-2) in front of 988 fans, the Ducks are now a perfect 7-0 at MKA, dating back to last season.
Heading into the meet, Oregon head coach Felecia Mulkey and assistant coach Angela Ucci wanted to mix up the routines some to see the progress of their freshmen by setting start values higher and with new personnel in events, especially in the tosses where they used almost completely new groups.
The Ducks (3-0) started off the meet with a blast in the compulsory round as they notched a 39.5, including two perfect scores in the pyramid and toss heats, while the Bears put up a 38.0.
Oregon created distance between them and Baylor in the acro portion of the meet. The Ducks scored a 9.70, 9.60 and 9.30 in heats one, two and three. The Bears, on the other hand, scored an 8.52 in the first heat and a 8.09 in the second heat, but a stumble in heat number three haunted Baylor when the scores were delivered as they were only able to tally a 7.47.
With those scores, UO led after two events, 68.10 to 62.08.
The pyramid event proved to be a stronger event for the Bears as they notched a 28.50 total score for the round, but the Ducks recorded two perfect scores in heats one and two and a near-perfect 9.90 in the third heat to take a commanding 98.00-90.58 score into halftime and the toss event.
After the intermission the Bears came out and beat the Ducks in the opening heat 9.55 to 8.20 due to a miscommunication that caused freshman flyer Sarah Moreno to be dropped. UO picked up the pace afterward and won the second heat, while tying with Baylor in the third heat with a 9.70. The Bears took the heat, 28.60 to 27.40, but because of Oregon's impressive beginning, they still led, 125.40 to 119.18 after the toss event.
The Ducks had no problem in the tumbling events as UO put up big scores in all six events, including senior Kelsey Rowell tallying a 9.95 in the aerial pass and freshman Nicole Erlichman earning a 9.93 in the six-element pass.
Leading 183.53 to 172.88 heading into the team routine, all the Ducks needed to do was put the icing on the victory.
Baylor was wobbly from the start of their team routine as it was filled with numerous falls in the opening sequence and throughout the whole routine and only scored a 94.34.
Oregon cruised through their team routine and garnered a 103.59, only six points off from their start value. During the routine on tumbling portion junior Brittany Hart appeared to have injuried her knee, but powered through to finish the routine as UO secured the meet win.
The Ducks are next in action when travel to Rome, Ga. to compete at Shorter College against Maryland, Quinnipiac and Fairmont State on Mar. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. (PT).