K-State outfielder King named All-American

By The Mercury

Kansas State outfielder Jared King earned his first-career All-America citation as Perfect Game placed the junior on its second team Thursday.

King is the second Wildcat to earn All-America accolades this season as Ross Kivett was honored by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.

King, a First-Team All-Big 12 performer, hit .335 with 16 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a team-leading 53 RBIs this season. The Dublin, Ohio, product also paced the team with a .523 slugging percentage and was third on the squad with 14 steals. He placed in the top 10 of the Big 12 in 10 offensive categories, including top-five rankings in RBIs (second), slugging percentage (fourth), home runs (fourth), total bases (114; fourth) and walks (34; fourth).

A fifth-round draft pick by the New York Mets, King ranks highly in K-State history in several career offensive categories — seventh in sacrifice flies (12), ninth in extra-base hits (73) and 10th in home runs (22).

King is a three-time all-conference honoree, the 2013 Big 12 co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-Midwest Region recipient and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 performer.

K-State concluded the 2013 season with a 45-19 record, hosted its first NCAA Regional and earned a trip to the program’s first Super Regional in Corvallis, Ore.

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