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Baylor Transfer Pitcher RyLee Crandall Commits to Oklahoma State

Crandall shut out the Cowgirls this past season.



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The Cowgirls’ two top pitchers exhausted their eligibility this past season, but Kenny Gajewski made quick work in the transfer portal to fill the void.

Baylor transfer RyLee Crandall on Friday announced she is headed up I-35 to Stillwater. Crandall had a 3.20 ERA this past season, throwing 155 1/3 innings for a Baylor team that earned the 4 seed in the Big 12 tournament and advanced to Super Regionals. Crandall has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We’re super excited to add RyLee,” Gajewski said. “She’s a very quality person that comes from a very quality family. She brings a wealth of experience in one of the best leagues in the country. She’s competed and beat many of those top-level teams, and that’s what we’re looking for as we continue our quest to win the final game.”

Crandall led the Bears out of the Lafayette NCAA Regional and had Baylor oh, so close to a WCWS appearance after throwing a complete game against Florida, where she gave up just two runs on five hits in a win before Baylor fell in a series-deciding Game 3.

The Cowgirls got a good look at Crandall this year when she threw a complete-game shutout against OSU on March 9 in Waco. She allowed just one hit that day. That performance led her to being named the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Week.

Out of Artesia, New Mexico, Crandall was a member of the All-Big 12 Freshman team in 2023 after posting a 3.05 ERA in 130.2 innings of work. She also picked up a Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honor as a freshman after helping Baylor sweep No. 5 Texas, where she threw two complete games.

She was a three-time state champion at Artesia High School and was the No. 35 player in the ExtraInnings 2022 Extra Elite 100.

Crandall is the second pitcher Gajewski has brought in this offseason, joining All-American Washington transfer Ruby Meylan. OSU will be without Lexi Kilfoyl and Ivy Rosenberry next season after the pair combined to throw 291 1/3 innings this past season, so experienced pitching was an obvious focus for Gajewski in the portal.

The Cowgirls also replaced outgoing catcher Caroline Wang with NC State transfer Amanda Hasler.

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