#10 Baylor Softball 2019 Preview

Baylor Lady Bears
Overall Rank: #10
Conference Rank: #2 Big 12
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Baylor reached yet another Regional Finals. This time around the Lady Bears lost at Texas A&M. This is a program that has done some great things recently and that should not change in 2019. It will start in the circle with Gia Rodoni and Regan Green. Rodoni went 23-12 last season with a 2.32 ERA. She struck out 268 batters in 223.2 innings of work. Green hurled 106.2 innings with a 2.89 ERA. With another year of experience under their belt, expect Baylor’s ERA to continue to dip.
2018: 38-18, 12-6
2018 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Glenn Moore
Key Departed Players:
Jessie Scroggins, OF, .461 BA, 31 RBI, 18 SB
Shelby Friudenberg, IF, .321 BA, 9 HR, 46 RBI
Carlee Wallace, C, .273 BA, 26 RBI
Key Returning Players:
Kyla Walker, OF, .433 BA, 13 RBI, 9 SB
Nicky Dawson, IF, .347 BA, 17 RBI, 8 SB
Goose McGlaun, UTL, .323 BA, 14 HR, 51 RBI
Taylor Ellis, IF/C, .260 BA, 26 RBI
Gia Rodoni, P, 2.98 ERA, 23-12 W/L, 223.2 IP, 268 SO
Regan Green, P, 3.71 ERA, 12-5 W/L, 106.2 IP, 71 SO
Baylor is often loaded with talented hitters who can get on base and make things happen. Last year they ranked eighth in the country in team batting average and they should be nearly as productive in 2019. The loss of Jessie Scroggins and Shelby Friudenberg will sting for a little bit, but the Lady Bears have plenty of talent and experience. Kyla Walker hit .433 last season and Nicky Dawson hit .347. Those two will get on base often and the hope is Goose McGlaun will again drive them in. She hit .323 and led the team with 14 homeruns and 51 RBIs. If Coach Glenn Moore can find another powerful bat to help replace Friudenberg, Baylor should be right in the mix to compete with Oklahoma for a Big 12 title.
Projected Postseason: NCAA Softball Tournament