Big 12 Champion Wildcats Highlight 2013 All-Big 12 Team
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          Release: 05/21/2013
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Big 12 regular season champion K-State highlights the 2013 All-Big 12 Baseball Team with four individual award winners and seven first team selections.

The Wildcats earned the Player of the Year (Ross Kivett), Freshman of the Year (Jake Matthys) and Coach of the Year (Brad Hill) while Jared King shared Scholar Athlete of the Year honors with Jantzen Witte from TCU.

WVU’s Harrison Musgrave was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, while Kansas reliever Jordan Piché is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

The 2013 All-Big 12 Teams and individual honors are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Kivett is K-State’s second Player of the Year in Big 12 history after Nick Martini shared the award in 2010. The junior infielder has 23 multi-hit games this season and finished Big 12 play ranked second in the league with a .376 batting average over the 24 conference games. A unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, the Broadview Heights, Ohio-native recorded a .439 on-base percentage and .475 slugging percentage in league games along with 10 stolen bases. In overall games, he hit .353 with 24 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 12 doubles and four triples.

As a redshirt sophomore, Musgrave compiled a 5-0 record in league play with a 1.02 ERA to lead all starters. In 53 innings pitched, he struck out 61 Big 12 batters and limited opponents to a .145 batting average while allowing just six earned runs on the year. Musgrave earned four Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors this season, becoming just the second player in league history to accomplish the feat. In overall games, he has gone 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA and .197 opponent batting average. He recorded double-digit strikeouts against three Big 12 opponents, including a season-high 14 against TCU. He is only the second sophomore to win the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Year award and first since Max Scherzer (Missouri, 2005).

Jordan Piché, a junior transfer from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, finished his first Big 12 season with a 3-3 record and five saves against conference foes en route to Newcomer of the Year honors. He is just the second Jayhawk to claim the award (David Narodowski, 2009). The right-handed relief pitcher posted a 2.20 ERA, 10th best in conference games, and allowed eight runs and five walks in 32.2 innings of work. Piché was the recipient of three Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors this season, becoming the first player to earn more than two in a single season since the award began in 2011.

Matthys becomes K-State’s first Freshman of the Year after posting an unblemished 5-0 record in 16 games against league opponents this season. The reliever limited Big 12 opponents to a .186 batting average, with a 2.20 ERA, five saves and 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work. In 28 appearances for the Wildcats during the regular season, the Spring Lake Park, Minn., product is 8-0 with a 2.01 ERA.

King and Witte share the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. King, also on the All-Big 12 First Team, is a junior entrepreneurship major who holds a 3.52 grade point average. The junior is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member who started 50 of K-State’s 55 regular season contests. Witte is a graduate student in TCU’s liberal arts program where he boasts a 3.84 GPA. The senior, who has played in all 54 of TCU’s games, holds a communications degree and was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree from 2010-12.

Brad Hill garners his second Big 12 Coach of the Year honor (2009) after leading the ‘Cats to their first Big 12 baseball championship with a 16-8 league record this season. It marked the first conference baseball championship for K-State since 1933. The Wildcats, who were predicted to finish seventh in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, made the biggest jump by a regular-season champion since the poll began in 1999. Hill’s squad is one of the best hitting teams in the nation and compiled a 39-16 overall record in the regular season. The 16 conference wins are a Big 12 record for the Wildcats, who are also four wins away from matching the program record for overall wins. Hill joins K-State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber and football coach Bill Snyder as Coach of the Year recipients for the 2012-13 season. This is the first time in Big 12 history a league program has earned all three of those sport honors in the same season.

A year after having no players on the All-Big 12 First Team, K-State leads this year’s squad with seven selections, including unanimous choices Kivett, Shane Conlon, Austin Fisher and King, who becomes a three-time All-Big 12 honoree after earning second team honors the past two years. Only Baylor (2012) has tallied seven first team selections, while the three first team infielders by K-State has also only been done on one other occasion (Texas A&M, 2008).

Musgrave and Mark Payton (Texas) were unanimous choices, along with Baylor’s Cal Towey and Narhan Orf. Oklahoma also recorded a pair of unanimous first team honorees in Matt Oberste and Jonathan Gray.

2013 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Jr., INF
Pitcher of the Year: Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP
Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr., RHP
Freshman of the Year: Jake Matthys, Kansas State, Fr., RHP
Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Jared King, Kansas State, Jr., OF
Jantzen Witte, TCU, Sr., INF
Coach of the Year: Brad Hill, Kansas State
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Cal Towey, Baylor*+ INF Sr. Seattle, Wash./Eastside Catholic
Shane Conlon, Kansas State* INF So. Naperville, Ill./Central
Austin Fisher, Kansas State* INF So. Lenexa, Kan./Olathe Northwest
Ross Kivett, Kansas State* INF Jr. Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edward
Matt Oberste, Oklahoma* INF Jr. Salisaw, Okla./Blinn College
Blair DeBord, Kansas State C Jr. Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan
Zach Fish, Oklahoma State OF So. Kalamazoo, Mich./Gull Lake
Jared King, Kansas State*+% OF Jr. Dublin, Ohio/Jerome
Mark Payton, Texas*+ OF Jr. Chicago, Ill./St. Rita
Nathan Orf, Baylor^ DH Sr. Wentzville, Mo./Illinois-Chicago
Tanner Witt, Kansas State UTL Sr. Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich
Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma* SP Jr. Chandler, Okla./Eastern Oklahoma State
Preston Morrison, TCU SP So. Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson
Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia* SP So. Bridgeport, W.Va./Bridgeport
Jordan Piché, Kansas RP Jr. Greeley, Colo./Indian Hills CC
Jake Matthys, Kansas State RP Fr. Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park
Vince Wheeland, Oklahoma State RP Jr. Turlock, Calif./Turlock
 
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Lawton Langford, Baylor^ INF Jr. Uvalde, Texas/Uvalde
Tanner Krietemeier, Oklahoma State INF Jr. Castle Rock, Colo./Nebraska
Jantzen Witte, TCU INF RSr. Arlington, Texas/Martin
Jake Barrios, Texas Tech INF Jr. Weatherford, Okla./Seward County CC
Ryan McBroom, West Virginia INF Jr. Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland
Victor Romero, Oklahoma State C Sr. Fairfield, Calif./Solano CC
Michael Suiter, Kansas OF So. Kailua, Hawaii/Mid Pacific Institute
Craig Aikin, Oklahoma OF Fr. Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Max White, Oklahoma OF Sr. Durant, Okla./Durant
Matt Frazer, West Virginia DH Jr. Alum Creek, W.Va./Nitro
Randy McCurry, Oklahoma State UTL Jr. Tupelo, Okla./Tupelo
Dillon Overton, Oklahoma SP Jr. Weatherford, Okla./Weatherford
Jason Hursh, Oklahoma State SP So. Carrollton, Texas/Trinity Christian
Dillon Peters, Texas SP So. Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
Crayton Bare, Baylor RP Sr. Dallas, Texas/Highland Park
Jacob Evans, Oklahoma RP Fr. Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow
Alex Young, TCU RP Fr. Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel Catholic
Due to ties in voting, three relief pitchers were named to the All-Big 12 First Team and three relief pitchers were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.
* Unanimous Choice
^ 2012 First Team Honoree
+ 2012 Second Team Honoree
% 2011 Second Team Honoree
HONORABLE MENTION
Baylor: Max Garner, RHP, Sr.; Jake Miller, INF, Sr.; Dillon Newman, RHP, Jr.; Grayson Porter, OF, So.
Kansas: Alex DeLeon, INF, Sr.; Kaiana Eldredge, C, Jr.; Kevin Kuntz, INF, Sr.; Justin Protacio, INF, So.; Dakota Smith, OF, So.; Thomas Taylor, RHP, Sr.
Kansas State: Jon Davis, OF, Sr.
Oklahoma: Anthony Hermelyn, C, Fr.; Jack Mayfield, INF, Sr.
Oklahoma State: Brendan McCurry, UTL, Jr.; Tyler Nurdin, LHP, So.; Mark Robinette, RHP, Jr.; Saulyer Saxon, OF, Jr.; Donnie Walton, INF, Fr.
TCU: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, So.; Paul Hendrix, INF, Jr.; Boomer White, OF, Fr.
Texas: Ty Marlow, INF/RHP, Jr.
Texas Tech: Jarrard Poteete, DH, Fr.; Trey Masek, Jr., RHP
West Virginia: Bobby Boyd, OF, So.; Billy Fleming, INF, So.; Alan Filauro, C, Sr.; Jacob Rice, OF, Jr.; Brady Wilson, OF, Sr.; Ryan Tuntland, INF, Jr.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name, School Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Jake Matthys, Kansas State P Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park
Levi MaVorhis, Kansas State P Freeland, Wash./Archbishop Murphy
Craig Aiken, Oklahoma* OF Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Jacob Evans, Oklahoma P Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow
Ralph Garza, Jr., Oklahoma P New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels
Anthony Hermelyn, Oklahoma C McKinney, Texas/McKinney
Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State INF Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley
Riley Ferrell, TCU P College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Boomer White, TCU OF Houston, Texas/Memorial
Alex Young, TCU P Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel Catholic
C.J Hinojosa, Texas* INF Spring, Texas/Klein Collins
Jarrard Poteete, Texas Tech DH Braggs, Okla./Hilldale
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