Baylor’s Dariana Orme Named NFCA Pitcher of the Week
Baylor’s Dariana Orme tossed a perfect game and pitched the Bears past the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners this weekend, and she’s earned some major recognition because of it. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named her the National Pitcher of the Week Tuesday.
Orme held down the high-octane Sooner offense to only one unearned run on six hits and a couple of walks, with four strikeouts in four innings in a 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon. Before that, she fired a PG against Stephen F. Austin, the first of seven innings in school history. That included a career-high 10 K’s and only 81 pitches.
In total, the junior from Vacaville, Calif., fired 11 unblemished innings over the weekend. She fanned 11 hitters in picking up the two victories.
Additionally, Orme was tabbed the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, securing the program’s first conference weekly award this season. It marks Baylor’s 45th overall Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honor and the first since Kaci West took it down while also tossing a perfect game last season.
This marks only the fourth time in Bears history and the first since 2017 that a Baylor pitcher has garnered a national weekly honor. Orme joins Kelsee Selman (2017), Heather Stearns (2016) and Lisa Ferguson (2007) as those who have previously done so.
Baylor (8-1) returns to action this weekend when it welcomes a trio of teams to Getterman Stadium. It’ll take on Maryland, Minnesota and Texas A&M-Commerce as part of a mini tournament in Waco.