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Five from Big 12 Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team
May 01, 2014
Doug Ashby (Baylor), Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Gage Green (Oklahoma State), Dylan Fitzgerald (TCU) and John Curtiss (Texas) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 baseball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced.
Ashby earned the accolade for the second time in his career and second straight year as he extended Baylor’s run of having at least one academic all-district selection to nine seasons. The senior engineering major with a 4.0 GPA from McKinney, Texas, has already set career highs of 27 appearances, 28.2 innings pitched and 21 strikeouts as he is 1-2 with a 2.20 ERA this season. He started the season without allowing an earned run in his first 18 innings and had a career-long 12-appearance scoreless streak. Ashby leads all BU relievers in ERA, appearances and strikeouts. He’s also inherited the most runners of any BU reliever (30) and let only 12 score. He leads the Big 12 in appearances and ranks 10th in the nation.
Kivett, who is majoring in Communications, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.343. In addition to being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team last season, Kivett has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each year since 2011, including in the 2013 fall semester when he posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. After being named a preseason All-American by four organizations prior to this season, Kivett, last year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, was named to the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation’s top amateur player, as well as earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Kivett has started all 45 of K-State’s games this year, batting a team-best .339 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 29 RBIs. He leads K-State in hits (58), doubles, total bases (79), walks (30), and stolen bases (19).
An outfielder/catcher for the Cowboys, Green carries a 3.44 grade point average in Human Performance-Exercise and Health and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team performer. On the field, Green is second on OSU with a .302 batting average and a .415 on-base percentage. The Wichita Falls, Texas native is also tied for sixth in the Big 12 with 13 stolen bases, which equals his career high of a year ago.
Fitzgerald carries a 3.60 GPA while studying communications at TCU. The senior from Santa Ana, Calif., is batting .308 with 41 starts for the Frogs this season. A 2013 Academic All-Big 12 second team honoree, he ranks sixth in the league in batting average for conference-only contests with a .321 average.
Curtiss is one of two pitchers selected to the District 7 team, which also includes a catcher, designated hitter, four infielders and three outfielders. Curtiss now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America. On the field, Curtiss has a 1-0 record with a 1.05 ERA in 25 2/3 innings pitched. As Texas’ closer, he has picked up seven saves and is holding opponents to a .161 batting average, allowing just 14 hits this season. He has also recorded 18 strikeouts. In the classroom, Curtiss owns a 3.85 GPA and is a double major in English and history with Plan I honors. A redshirt junior, he is set to graduate this summer. He is the recipient of the Lorene L. Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award at Texas, presented to graduating male and female student-athletes who have the highest overall GPA. Curtiss was also named the team Academic MVP in 2014 and earned the Student Services Most Inspired Award in 2012.
The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Teams are selected by members of CoSIDA and recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
The five student-athletes are qualified for Capital One Academic All-America consideration in upcoming voting by CoSIDA members. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.00 scale and participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s games. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.
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