A&M (8-3) trailed by five at the halfway point of the show after dropping eight of the first 11 points to the Bears (10-4). The Aggies took control in the final two disciplines, equitation on the flat and reining, and pulled within one point with two rides to go. Baylor, however, claimed a three-point win on the final reining ride of the afternoon to hold on for the win and snap A&M's school-record 21-meet home win streak.
The Aggies began their comeback quickly once competition resumed after the break. A&M's reining team rattled off three straight wins-freshman Laura Sumrall, 75-71 over Claire Edwards; sophomore Lindsey Bernbaum, 73-71 over Amber Mooney; and junior Emma Myers, 68.5-62 over Katherine Berg. Bernbaum's performance would earn her a third MVP of the season.
Meanwhile, on the flat, senior Hannah Soibelman's 72-71 win over Lisa Goldman and freshman Haley Buchmiller's 78-65 victory over Melanie Appel helped pull A&M within one at 9-8.
The teams split the next four rides, as the Bears held on to an 11-10 lead despite wins from senior Maggie Earle on the flat, 80-64 over Kara Fergusson, and junior Becca Murray in reining, 73.5-69 over Ellie Powell. With two rides remaining, however, Baylor's Olivia Rogers would pick up a reining victory to clinch the meet for the visitors.
Soon thereafter, Aggie senior Elizabeth Solch-in the final home ride of her career-downed Samantha Schaefer 81-79 and earned MVP honors in the process. The victory left Solch just two shy of becoming the school's all-time leader in victories on the flat and clinched a team victory for the A&M hunter seat riders.
The Bears built their early lead on the backs of strong performances over fences and in horsemanship. A&M scored twice over fences, as junior Kelsi Shevlin topped Sue Carol Thompson 76-74 and true freshman Leah Chenelle knocked off Taylor Brown 87-80. In horsemanship, junior Cassie Mantor tallied the Aggies' lone victory, downing Blair Bergeson 73.5-73. Junior Carey Nowacek narrowly missed another point, posting a 74.5-all tie against Parris Rice, while three of the Bears' other four victories came by two points or less.
Texas A&M will now turn its attention to the Big 12 Championship, scheduled for March 30 and 31 at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kan. Seeding for the four-team tournament will be announced in the near future.
(#6) BAYLOR 12, (#3) TEXAS A&M 11
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - Brazos County Expo Complex - Bryan, Texas
Records: A&M 8-3, Baylor 10-4
HUNTER SEAT (A&M 6, Baylor 6 - A&M wins on raw score)
Fences (Baylor 4, A&M 2)
Samantha Schaefer, BU (MVP) def. Maggie Earle, A&M, 90-86
Lisa Goldman, BU def. Emily Williams, A&M, 88-78
Kelsi Shevlin, A&M def. Sue Carol Thompson, BU, 76-74
Leah Chenelle, A&M def. Taylor Brown, BU, 87-80
Kara Fergusson, BU def. Lia Chafee, A&M, 76-75
AshleyAnn McGehee, BU def. Kori Pickett, A&M, 81-75
Flat (A&M 4, Baylor 2)
Taylor Brown, BU def. Marisa Bernal, A&M, 75-70
Hannah Soibelman, A&M def. Lisa Goldman, BU, 72-71
Haley Buchmiller, A&M def. Melanie Appel, BU, 78-65
Kim Woodsum, BU def. Lia Chafee, A&M, 72-65
Maggie Earle, A&M def. Kara Fergusson, BU, 80-64
Elizabeth Solch, A&M (MVP) def. Sam Schaefer, BU, 81-79
WESTERN (Baylor 6, A&M 5)
Horsemanship (Baylor 4, A&M 1)
Cassie Mantor, A&M def. Blair Bergeson, BU, 73.5-73
Chelsea Retmier, BU def. Amanda Brightwell, A&M, 75.5-74.5
Bryn Lindley, BU (MVP) def. Molli Jacobs, A&M, 75-73.5
Ashley Garza, BU def. Katie Lisabeth, A&M, 74-71.5
Meghan Murphy, BU def. Kelsey Adams, A&M, 75.5-74
Carey Nowacek, A&M ties Parris Rice, BU, 74.5-74.5
Reining (A&M 4, Baylor 2)
Laura Sumrall, A&M def. Claire Edwards, BU, 75-71
Lindsey Bernbaum, A&M (MVP) def. Amber Mooney, BU, 73-71
Emma Myers, A&M def. Katherine Berg, BU, 68.5-62
Shelbey Jackson, BU def. Courtney Dawe, A&M, 70.5-69.5
Becca Murray, A&M def. Ellie Powell, BU, 73.5-69
Olivia Rogers, BU def. Abigail Grabein, A&M, 71.5-68.5