K-State’s King Earns All-America Status by Perfect Game
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State outfielder Jared King earned his first-career All-America citation as Perfect Game placed the junior on its second team Thursday. King is the second Wildcat to earn All-America accolades this season as Ross Kivett was honored by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
King, a First Team All-Big 12 performer, hit .335 with 16 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI this season. The Dublin, Ohio, product also paced the team with a .523 slugging percentage and was third on the squad with 14 steals. He placed in the top 10 of the Big 12 in 10 offensive categories, including top-five rankings in RBI (second), slugging percentage (fourth), home runs (fourth), total bases (114; fourth) and walks (34; fourth).
A fifth-round draft pick by the New York Mets, King ranks highly in K-State history in several career offensive categories, placing seventh in sacrifice flies (12), ninth in extra-base hits (73) and 10th in home runs (22). He was a three-time all-conference honoree, the 2013 Big 12 co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, a 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-Midwest Region recipient and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 performer.
K-State concluded the 2013 campaign with a 45-19 record to produce the most wins in program history, while the Wildcats captured their first conference championship since 1933 by earning a 16-8 record in Big 12 play. Kansas State was selected to host its first NCAA Regional and swept Wichita State, No. 30 Bryant and No. 12 Arkansas to register the program’s first Super Regional appearance.
Led by King and Kivett, Kansas State placed seven players on the All-Big 12 First Team, including Big 12 Freshman of the Year Jake Matthys. In addition, head coach Brad Hill earned his second Big 12 Coach of the Year designation as K-State became the first institution in Big 12 history to have its football, men’s basketball and baseball coaches register coach-of-the-year honors in the same academic year.