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Glenn Moore’s Pitch for Baylor Softball to Host a Regional: ‘I Think Our Resume Is Better’

Baylor’s time at the Big 12 Softball Championship wasn’t quite as lengthy as many expected, falling 8-1 to a red-hot Iowa State squad that has now won 12 of their last 16 games.

The Cyclones will advance to the semifinals where they will face Oklahoma on Friday afternoon, while Baylor will head home and wait to hear their names called during the Selection Show on Sunday evening.

It’s not a question of if Baylor will make the tournament, but where it will be headed. After going 39-16 in 2023, Glenn Moore’s Bears have proven to be one of the toughest teams in the nation.

 

With six victories over top-five opponents in 2023, Baylor has proven that it can play with the best teams in softball, but is that enough to earn them a national seed and host a regional next weekend?

I asked the Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year about that and he certainly thinks so.

“We’ve played really well in the big games,” Moore said. “I don’t know everyone’s resume, but our resume, minus this last game, stacks up well with anybody’s that’s in that 14 through 16 (seed) possibility.

“I certainly think it’s hard to deny the number of top-five wins we’ve had when you look at awarding host sites. It’s really hard to deny that. When you look at the ones that might be contenders for that, I think our resume is better.”

 

Despite the loss today, Moore is absolutely right. Baylor has a two-game sweep over No. 4 Tennessee in Knoxville, a three-game sweep of No. 5 Texas, and the only win that anyone has managed over No. 1 Oklahoma.

That gives Baylor more top-five victories than Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, and Clemson combined and the most it’s had in a single season in school history.

That’s more than enough to earn a national seed, but we will have to wait until Sunday to see what happens.

Make sure to tune in to the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

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