Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Sean Carley (West Virginia) and Tres Barrera (Texas) have been named Big 12 baseball weekly award winners for games played March 24-30.
Kivett earns his second Big 12 Player of the Week honor this season. Carley (Pitcher of the Week) and Barrera (Newcomer of the Week) are first-time award recipients.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr., OF, Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edward
Kivett, who started off the week’s four games by hitting for the cycle, batted .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored, a .600 OBP, and a 1.059 slugging percentage – all leading or tied for the lead in the Big 12 for the week. He had a multi-hit game in each of the four contests, helping him total a Big 12-best 10 hits. On March 26 against Nebraska, Kivett became the first Wildcat to hit for the cycle in nearly 17 years. He had a home run in the first inning, a triple in the second, a double in the third, and a single in the sixth (his fifth at-bat of the game) to hit for the first cycle in K-State history since Heath Schesser on April 30, 1997. It was also the 15th cycle in Big 12 history. He followed up that mid-week performance by notching two hits in each contest of the three-game series at Creighton. In the series win against the Bluejays, Kivett went 6-for-12 with two doubles, four RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sean Carley, West Virginia, Jr., RHP, Melbourne, Fla./Air Force
Carley improved to 5-0 this season with a 4-1 complete game victory over No. 29 Baylor on Sunday. The junior allowed just one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander allowed just two hits in his final six innings. The win gave WVU a rain-shortened series sweep. Carley is 5-0 this season with a 2.47 ERA and has struck out 29 batters in 47.1 innings, while opponents are hitting .244 against him.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Tres Barrera, Texas, Fr., C/1B, Eagle Pass, Texas/Mission Sharyland
Barrera led Texas to a 3-1 record, including a series victory at Texas Tech, with an 8-for-19 week at the plate. The freshman had a .737 slugging percentage with three doubles and his first career home run, while also leading the team with seven RBI. He had his best game at the plate on Friday in an 11-1 win over the Red Raiders, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs, two doubles and two HBP to reach base five times on the evening. Since March 11, Barrera is .460 at the plate, including five doubles, a triple and a home run. He has a .660 slugging percentage and a .491 on-base percentage (1.151 OPS) in that span and has raised his batting average from .128 to .299.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
|Date||Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Feb. 17||Mark Payton, Texas, Sr., OF||Brandon Finnegan, TCU, Jr., LHP||Darryn Sheppard, Baylor, Fr., OF;
Aaron Hernandez, Kansas, Jr., 3B
|Feb. 24||Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State, So., SS||Frank Duncan, Kansas, Sr., RHP||Ryan Long, Texas Tech, Fr., INF|
|March 3||Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr., OF||Dillon Peters, Texas, Jr., RHP||Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech, Jr., LHP|
|March 10||Mac James, Oklahoma, Jr., C/1B||Josh Michalec, Baylor, Sr., RHP||Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech, Sr., OF|
|March 17||Mitch Meyer, K-State, Jr., OF||Dillon Newman, Baylor, Sr., RHP||Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma, Fr., 3B|
|March 24||Hector Lorenzana, Oklahoma, Sr., SS
Billy Fleming, West Virginia, Jr., 2B
|Austin Stone, Baylor, Jr., RHP||Nate Griep, Kansas State, Fr., RHP|
|March 31||Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr., OF||Sean Carley, West Virginia, Jr., RHP||Tres Barrera, Texas, Fr., C/1B|