After being eliminated from the Women’s College World Series by Tennessee, Oklahoma State is ready to reload and make another run at a title in 2024.
After maintaining the No. 2 ranking for much of the regular season, the Cowgirls fell short of what the expectation was in Stillwater this year, which was to play for a national title.
OSU ended the year with a 47-16 record after starting 39-3, which was a program record and an extremely promising beginning to the season. They then dropped 11 of 13 before rebounding and making it to Oklahoma City, but left early with a 1-2 record in the WCWS.
Now, with Chyenne Factor, Kiley Naomi, Rachel Becker, Taylor Tuck, and Morgyn Wynne all exiting the program, it’s time for Kenny Gajewski to reload. However, he won’t forget what special group of seniors it was that just played their last game in an OSU uniform.
“One day when we hoist the trophy, we’ll be able to look back at all of them (the graduating seniors), and they’ll be a major part of that,” Gajewski said.
The Cowgirls have a strong recruiting class in 2023, with two of the nation’s top 10 players in pitcher Katie Kutz and infielder Karli Godwin. However, they’ll be utilizing the transfer portal as well.
“We’ve already committed some kids out of the portal,” Gajewski said. “We’ve got a really good class coming in. I’ll stay active in the portal. I’ll stay active in NIL. If you’re out there, don’t hesitate because I’m coming at you. This is tough. This is getting tough. We’re loaded and I’m ready to go.”
It’s clear that Gajewski is motivated to keep up with the in-state national champs as well as he can, and with a strong NIL backing and fantastic reputation during his time in Stillwater, it seems a safe bet that the Cowgirls will be back near the top once again in 2024.