June 14, 2011
The Baylor softball team finished fourth in the final polls of 2011, marking its highest ever ranking in program history. The Lady Bears were fourth in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 polls.
BU finished as the highest ranking Big 12 school with Missouri (6th), Oklahoma (7th) and Oklahoma State (8th) rounding out the conference's top-10 teams.
Baylor advanced to the semifinals of the Women's College World Series for the first time, falling to eventual national champion, Arizona State. The Lady Bears finished with a record of 47-15, the fourth most wins in school history. BU closed the season winning 11 of its last 14 games and going 7-3 in postseason play.
The Lady Bears will return nine players to the 2012 squad that started at least once in the WCWS, including All-American Whitney Canion, unanimous All-Big 12 selection, Kathy Shelton and second-team all-conference picks, Megan Turk and Kayce Walker.