Nathan Orf is the third different Baylor player to earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in the last three weeks.
April 23, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Baylor senior Josh Ludy was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second straight week, and junior Nathan Orf was selected as Big 12 co-Newcomer of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Ludy became the sixth player in Big 12 Conference history to win Player of the Week two times in a row, while Orf picked up his first Big 12 honor. Ludy also became the sixth Bear to win two Big 12 Player of the Week awards in the same season.
This marks the sixth straight week a Baylor player has earned a Big 12 weekly award and the third consecutive time a Bear has been named Newcomer of the Week. Baylor's six Player of the Week honors this season are the most by any team in league history.
A senior from Portland, Ind., Ludy hit .533 (8-for-15) with a home one, one double, four runs and three RBI in four games played as part of Baylor's 5-0 week. He helped Baylor to a series sweep of then-No. 2 Texas A&M by recording two hits in each of the three games. Ludy hit a two-run homer on the 14th pitch of his at-bat - after 10 straight foul balls - in the first inning of Sunday's series finale to give Baylor 3-0 lead.
Ludy also had a double with one out in the sixth inning to snap a streak of 14 straight Baylor batters retired, and he came around to score the game-tying run. He had two of Baylor's six hits in Saturday's 1-0 win and went 2-for-4 with a walk in the series opener in College Station. Ludy is currently on a career-long 10-game hitting streak.
Orf, who transferred to Baylor after playing his first two seasons at Illinois-Chicago, hit .600 (9-for-17) with seven runs scored, one RBI and three walks to lead the Bears to a 5-0 week. He reached base at a .700 clip while batting out of the leadoff spot in all five games.
In Friday's series opener at Texas A&M, Orf reached base in all five plate appearances, finishing 3-for-3 with a run, one RBI, one walk and a hit-by-pitch. He singled and scored the game-winning run as part of an eighth-inning comeback, and he had a two-out RBI single to give the Bears their first run of the game in the second inning.
Orf also had two hits and two runs scored in the series finale against Texas A&M, and he had two of the Bears' six hits in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Aggies. He went 1-for-2 and scored a pair of runs on Wednesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and he had a single, two walks and two runs in Tuesday's win over the Islanders. Orf is riding a career-long eight-game hitting streak.
Ludy and Orf give the Bears 11 Big 12 weekly awards this season, the most in program history, and five more than the previous record of six that was set in 2004 and 2005.
Ludy is the first Baylor player to win consecutive Big 12 Player of the Week honors, though Jason Jennings (1999) and Cory VanAllen (2005) each won consecutive Pitcher of the Week awards.
The Bears put their 24-game winning streak on the line with a pair of midweek games against Southland Conference teams this week. Baylor travels to San Antonio to face UTSA at Wolff Stadium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, then returns home to host UT Arlington at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Baylor's last loss came on March 13 when the Bears lost a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning at UT Arlington.
ALL-TIME BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
Texas - 74
Texas A&M - 67
Baylor - 65
BIG 12 PLAYERS TO WIN CONSECUTIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
Josh Ludy - Baylor, 2012
Garrett Buechele - Oklahoma, 2011
Robby Price - Kansas, 2010
Blake Stouffer - Missouri, 2007
Alex Gordon - Nebraska, 2005
Ken Harvey - Nebraska, 1999