Similar to baseball, we haven't checked in on the softball team lately, so let's do that now.
Softball is in a much better spot than their male counterparts, as the Jayhawks (27-16, 4-5) are approaching 30 wins; it would be the sixth consecutive year with 30+ wins should they make it.
Unfortunately, KU is coming off a weekend sweep in Waco against #21 Baylor. However, Baylor is pretty clearly the second-best team in the conference, and all three games were nail-biters. The Jayhawks can clearly play with just about anyone in the country again this year.
#9 Oklahoma is the only other Big 12 in the rankings or receiving votes. Oh, and that one conference loss for OU? Yeah, it came at the hands of the Jayhawks. KU has already played Texas Tech and Baylor as well, meaning that the Jayhawks have the opportunity to feast on the bottom of the conference, make a run at third place, and state their case for yet another NCAA Tournament bid.
The Jayhawks are in the middle of the pack in terms of hitting in most categories, but have one of the most dangerous offensive players in the country on their side in SS Chaley Brickey (.375, 9 HR, 30 RBI). Three other regulars are hitting over .300 as well.
The pitching staff has also held up even into conference play, which was my main concern a few weeks ago. SP Andie Formby (16-6, 1.92 ERA, 107/31 K/BB) has kept her ERA under 2.00, and the staff as a whole has an ERA of 2.53, good for third in the conference.
KU's midweek games are done, meaning they only have three weekend series left. This weekend, the Jayhawks will travel to Austin to take on Texas in a three-game set starting on Friday.