Ross Kivett (Kansas State) and Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma) earned All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association while five additional Big 12 players were honored with Kivett and Gray on the ABCA Midwest All-Region Team. Gray was a first team All-American and Kivett earned second team honors.
Both student-athletes are on the Midwest All-Region First Team along with K-State’s Austin Fisher. Earning second team selections are Jordan Piché (Kansas), Jared King (Kansas State), Matt Oberste (Oklahoma) and Mark Payton (Texas).
For Gray, it marks his fourth All-American nod and his third first team selection. He was previously named a First Team All-American by Baseball America and the National College Baseball Writers Association as well as a second team pick by Louisville Slugger.
The 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year, Kivett earned his third All-America honor this season, the most by a Wildcat since A.J. Morris garnered six in 2009. The second baseman finished his junior campaign with a .360 batting average, 15 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 39 RBI. He played in every game during K-State’s historic season and finished in the top 10 of four offensive categories in single-season school history.
Fisher burst onto the scene as a sophomore by hitting a team-leading .361 with 20 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 38 RBI in 60 games. The Lenexa, Kan., product tied for fourth in K-State history in doubles, while he held the sixth-longest hitting streak in school history at 18 games. An All-Big 12 First Team selection, Fisher finished in the top 10 of the Big 12 in eight offensive categories and was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olsen Breakout Player of the Year Award and on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop.
Piché, who led the Big 12 with 12 saves after transferring to Kansas from Indian Hills Community College, posted a 6-4 record and led the Jayhawks with a 1.68 ERA in 32 appearances. His 12 saves were the second-most by a KU pitcher in a single season. The Greeley, Colo., native was previously named among the Big 12 Conference’s top players and was just the second Jayhawk to claim the Newcomer of the Year award.
King completed his junior year hitting .335 with 16 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a team-high 53 RBI. An All-Big 12 First Team honoree, King finished the 2013 season in the top 10 of the Big 12 in 10 offensive categories, including a second-place ranking in RBI, and sits in the top 10 in three K-State career categories.
Oberste was previously named a First Team All-American by the NCBWA to go with a second team spot from Baseball America and a third team selection from Louisville Slugger.
Payton, a 16th round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians, led the league in batting in overall games with a .393 clip. The junior outfielder also topped the conference with a .483 on-base percentage and eight triples. Additionally, his .545 slugging percentage was third-best in the Big 12.
ABCA MIDWEST ALL-REGION TEAM HONORS
Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma*
Austin Fisher, Kansas State
Ross Kivett, Kansas State^
Jordan Piche, Kansas
Jared King, Kansas State
Matt Oberste, Oklahoma
Mark Payton, Texas
*ABCA First Team All-America
^ABCA Second Team All-America