Kivett, DeVinny earn All-Big 12 honors

By The Mercury

The Kansas State baseball team picked up a pair of All-Big 12 honors on Tuesday as senior Ross Kivett was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Tanner DeVinny was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

Selected as a utility player, Kivett finished among the Big 12’s Top 10 in three categories for conference-only games —including first in stolen bases (12) and tied for 10th in hits (28) and runs scored (15).

For the season, Kivett started all 55 games and batted .333 (70 for 210) with 13 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 33 RBIs, 35 walks and 21 stolen bases.

Defensively, the Ohio native started at three different positions — second base, center field and designated hitter — and also saw time as a mid-game replacement at first.

Kivett wrapped up his K-State career as the program’s leader in stolen bases (80) and finished among the Top 10 in games played (2nd, 225), games started (2nd, 215), runs scored (T-2nd, 181), hits (3rd, 277), walks (T-5th, 108) and triples (T-7th, 11).

For Kivett, last season’s Big 12 Player of the Year, is the fifth Wildcat to earn All-Big 12 First or Second Team honors two or more times in a career.

DeVinny, a native of Lucas, Texas, led K-State with three home runs in conference-only games, while he was also tied for the team-lead in RBIs (11) and extra-base hits (6).

The designated hitter finished the season hitting .257 (36 for 140) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games. His 31 RBIs were the most by a K-State freshman since Jared King had 40 in 2011.

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