Kivett named preseason All-American

By The Mercury

Kansas State infielder Ross Kivett was named a first-team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday.

Kivett, the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year, is coming off a season in which he earned three All-America designations and helped K-State earn its first conference title in 80 years.

The second baseman hit .360 with 22 extra-base hits and 26 stolen bases, He led the Big 12 in hits (94) and runs (57).

For his efforts, Kivett was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team, Baseball America All-America Third Team and Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team.

In 24 Big 12 games last season, Kivett hit .376 with seven extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and 10 stolen bases, helping him also garner a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team.

After earning the Manhattan Regional MVP award and helping K-State reach its first Super Regional, Kivett was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, but the native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, did not sign and chose to return to K-State for his senior season.

Kivett was selected to the Cape Cod Baseball League Postseason All-Star Team this past summer after playing for the Orleans Firebirds and finishing third in the league in batting average, sixth in hits and seventh in doubles. He was tabbed to the Perfect Game 2013 Summer League All-America Third Team in August.

The First Team is chosen by consultation with individual schools’ media relations offices and the NCBWA All-America committee and features players from 17 conferences and 35 schools nationwide.

The Wildcats start their 2014 campaign on Feb. 14 at Cal Poly, beginning an eight-game road trip across California. The first of 28 scheduled games at Tointon Family Stadium will be on Feb. 28 against Milwaukee.

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