MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior second baseman Ross Kivett picked up his first-career All-America designation as Collegiate Baseball announced its Louisville Slugger All-American team.
Kivett, the Big 12 Player of the Year, was named to the third team and is the first Wildcat All-American since outfielder Nick Martini and right-handed reliever James Allen carded numerous accolades following the 2011 season.
An All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Kivett enters play Saturday hitting .365 with 13 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 38 RBI. Serving as K-State’s leadoff hitter for a majority of the year, Kivett also has 26 steals this year to tie for seventh in school history and holds an on-base percentage of .442.
In Friday’s opening-round game of the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional, Kivett went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native improved his season hit total to 88, which is tied for fifth in school history, while he recorded the first multi-home run game by a Wildcat in over two years.
Top-seeded Kansas State faces No.3-seed Bryant at 7 p.m., Saturday in the winner’s bracket of the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional. The game will be televised exclusively on ESPN3. Standing room only tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased online at k-statesports.com for $10 (adults) and $8 (students/youth). The game can be heard in the K-State Sports Network and online at www.k-statesports.com.