…and if you feel like saying, “I didn’t even know he was being held captive,” that’s ok. You’re not alone.

After beating the Sultan of Surly’s alma matter, ASU, 7-2 last night in Houston, Baylor are trailing Rice this afternoon, 5-3, with the winner advancing to next week’s Super Regional. It should be stressed that although several members of the Bears squad have names that sound familiar, you might be confusing them with someone else. For instance ;

2B Kevin Russo is not a highly paid San Francisco Giants fan toiling for a New York area radio station.

3B Drew Bias has never wasted a Boston Celtics draft pick.

RF Kevin Sevigny has not performed fellatio (real or simulated) in a film opposite Vincent Gallo. I think.

P Cliff Springston has neither penned nor sung a Billy Joel-esque song called “Hungry Heart.”

Holding an 8-3 lead over Pepperdine after 7 innings, Missouri are on pace to be the only Big 12 team this season to advance to the Super Regionals. 2B Brock Bond (above) is 4 for 4 on the afternoon with a pair of RBI’s. The Tigers’ post-season run comes after winning their final 3 regular season against Texas two weekends ago. On the matter of the Longhorns, yesterday’s 6-3 loss to NC State knocked the defending National Champs out of the competition.

While tonight’s Lexington Legend game —Roger Clemens’ first tune-up start of 2006 — against Lake County is completely sold-out, we’re told that Sunday’s game, featuring a concert by Jars Of Clay, still has plenty of good seats available. I’m not sure how any seat within a hundred miles of Jars of Clay can be considered “good”, but inspiration comes in many forms. As the Baylor Bears’ Waco neighbors can surely confirm.