May 21, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY- Eight Baylor baseball players earned 2013 All-Big 12 status, the league announced Tuesday. With a school-record 11 honorees last year and eight in 2010, Baylor has had eight or more All-Big 12 selections in three of the last four years and five times overall (2003, 2005).
The Bears had two of the league's 17 first team choices in Nathan Orf (DH) and Cal Towey (INF). Orf, who was also a first team selection in 2012, currently has career highs in batting average (.380), hits (78), doubles (13), RBI (33), total bases (96), slugging percentage (.468) and on-base percentage (.471). He's reached base in 47 of 52 games, has had hitting streaks of 10 and 15 (longest of any Baylor player this season) and has had an 18-game on-base streak this season. In the Big 12, he ranks second in on-base percentage and third in batting average and hits. In the NCAA, he ranks 39th in batting average and on-base percentage and 46th in hits.
Towey was one of nine unanimous selections and improved upon his second team designation in 2012. In 52 games, he's hit .302 with a team-high 43 RBI along with 39 walks, 32 runs, 11 doubles, nine steals, five triples and four home runs. Towey leads the team with seven game-winning hits. In the Big 12, he ranks second in triples, fourth in walks, fifth in RBI, ninth in on-base percentage (.427) and 10th in slugging percentage (.474). In the NCAA he ranks 32nd in triples.
Baylor also had two of the league's 17 second team selections in Crayton Bare (RP) and Lawton Langford (INF). Bare garnered the honor for the first time in his career as he has a career- and team-high six wins (6-2) and five saves along with a 2.84 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 50.2 innings over 26 appearances. In Big 12 play, he is tied for first with five wins (5-1), ranks fourth in appearances (13) and sixth in saves (3).
Langford was a first team honoree in 2012 as he leads the team in runs scored with 36 along with a .285 batting average, 31 walks, 18 RBI, six steals and five doubles, and had a career-high 35-game on-base streak (longest of any Baylor player this season). In Big 12 play, he ranks first in runs scored (21), third in walks (15) and fourth in on-base percentage (.445).
Baylor's honorable mention players were Max Garner (RHP), Jake Miller (INF), Dillon Newman (RHP) and Grayson Porter (OF). Garner, who was a first team reliever in 2012, led the team with 81.2 innings pitched while posting three wins, 63 strikeouts and a 4.19 ERA in 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts. In the Big 12, he ranked sixth in strikeouts and ninth in innings pitched.
Honored for the first time by the league, Miller hit .287 with 29 RBI, 27 runs, 15 walks, 12 doubles, four steals and one home run. He ranks third in Big 12 play with 21 RBI.
Newman received league recognition for the first time after posting a career-high 69.1 innings and 49 strikeouts with a 3-3 record, 2.99 ERA and only four walks in 11 starts. He is one of 10 pitchers in the Big 12 to throw a shutout this season and ranks ninth in the league in opponent batting average (.228). In the NCAA, he ranks second in walks allowed per nine innings (0.52) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.25) and is eighth in WHIP (0.88).
Porter also garnered recognition from the league for the first time as he leads Baylor with a career-high five home runs while also establishing career highs of a .245 batting average, 28 RBI, 22 runs, 12 walks, five doubles and three steals. In Big 12 play, he ranks third in RBI (21) and fourth in homers (3).
Baylor players have earned 110 all-conference honors in the league's 17-year history, and the Bears have had 40 first-team selections.
Fifth-seeded Baylor begins pool play in the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday at 9 a.m. CT against No. 4 Oklahoma. To close out play in Pool One, Baylor will face No. 1 Kansas State on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner of Pool One will face the winner of Pool Two in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be televised by FCS and Sunday's championship game will be televised by FSN.
BAYLOR 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONOREES
Nathan Orf, DH (2012 First Team Honoree)
Cal Towey, INF (Unanimous Choice, 2012 Second Team Honoree)
Crayton Bare, RP
Lawton Langford, INF (2012 First Team Honoree)
Max Garner, RHP (2012 First Team Honoree as Reliever)
Jake Miller, INF
Dillon Newman, RHP
Grayson Porter, OF