No. 11-ranked Baylor softball opens 2024 high on experience and ambition
Coming off the program’s first 40-win season since 2017 — the last time the Bears reached the Women’s College World Series — and returning all but one player from the 2023 roster, the Baylor softball team has big plans for the 2024 campaign, with eyes on a return to Oklahoma City to compete for a national championship.
Baylor head coach Glenn Moore, the winningest coach in Baylor Athletics history (across all sports), enters his 24th season at the helm of the program with a stacked roster and some respect from national voters. The Bears have garnered preseason rankings as high as No. 11 (Softball America), No. 16 (D1Softball), No. 19 (ESPN/USA Softball) and No. 22 (USA Today/NFCA).
The Bears were picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 for the fourth straight season, looking ahead to facing off with conference newcomers UCF, BYU and Houston. Coming off a 2023 season sweep of Texas — the first over the Longhorns since 2018 — and handing three-peat national champion Oklahoma its only loss of the year, the Bears will face the Longhorns and Sooners in 2024 for the last time as conference foes.
After some key injuries hampered postseason play for the 2023 squad, the Bears look forward to the return of senior pitcher Dariana Orme, who was named to the Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and junior slugger Shaylon Govan, a unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection.
Alongside a full returning roster of experience, the Bears add three freshmen to the roster, with the talented newcomers expected to make an immediate impact.
With 26 home games at Getterman Stadium this season, the Bears waste no time getting to work, opening with a three-game series against No. 2 Tennessee, Feb. 9-10 in Waco. Eleven of the team’s first 12 games come against opponents who are either ranked or receiving votes.
“Baylor fans won’t want to miss a single game this season,” says Moore. “This is a special group that will be challenged weekly against great competition. With all but one starter returning, fans won’t be disappointed!”
Sic ’em, Baylor Softball!