By Madeline Lloyd
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Baylor outfielder Nathan Orf has had a successful baseball career, to say the least. Not only has he started every game while playing for Baylor, but he also leads the team in hits (32), on base percentage (.466) and batting average (.368).
The Wentzville, Mo., senior devoted his first two years of college baseball to University of Illinois-Chicago. In 2009, Orf earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, was named to the second-team All-Horizon League and was selected to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. He started as a catcher and designated hitter his sophomore year, and was ranked third in the Horizon League in HBP (16).
After playing in a summer league with Baylor baseball players Logan Vick and senior Cal Towey, Orf felt compelled to take his talent down south.
“It was a God-led thing,” Orf said. “I talked to Towey and Vick about the coaching staff and the program. I just prayed on it and it all happened in about a month.”
It didn’t take assistant coach Trevor Mote long to see how Orf would benefit Baylor after he transferred in 2011.
“When he first came here, I thought he was a hard worker,” Mote said. “A kid that was very competitive. A kid that could run a little bit, hit a little bit and play some defense. He’s a solid, all-around player.”
His teammates also quickly recognized his skill level and ability to succeed on the field.
“He’s a catalyst for the offense,” Towey said. “He gets things going with his hit-by-pitches, and his doubles in the gap and stolen bases. He gets the offense going.”
Orf has already made a lasting impression on Baylor baseball. During his junior year, he earned Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-Big 12 honors after starting in 65 games. He also batted in top three spots in the lineup every game, and started as the designated hitter in 50 games. He broke Baylor and Big 12 records and tied for second nationally with 35 HBPs.
“Last year, he was a guy that was always on base and a guy that just played hard every day,” Mote said. “He has a lot of passion for the game and loves to play. It shows.”
Orf has stayed true to his character this year, as well. According to Mote, he represents a vocal voice for an inexperienced team. His playing has remained consistent, and he has the potential to lead the team to great things.