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Kivett named to Golden Spikes Award midseason list

By The Mercury

Kansas State’s Ross Kivett was named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list on Thursday, USA Baseball announced.

The Golden Spikes Award is the honor given to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Kivett was one of 27 players from the award’s preseason watch list, which was announced in February, to also be listed on the 50-man midseason watch list. A native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Kivett is batting a team-leading .346 (44 for 127) with 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 24 RBIs in 33 games for the Wildcats this season.

The senior is among the Big 12’s top five in runs scored (33, 2nd), onbase percentage (.442, 4th), hits (44, T-4th), stolen bases (10, T-4th), and doubles (10, 5th). He is also among the conference’s leaders in batting average (6th), walks (22, 7th), total bases (62, T-7th), RBIs (24, 10th), and slugging percentage (.488, 10th).

In 203 career games, Kivett has a career .327 batting average, 251 hits, 110 RBIs and 69 stolen bases. He is second in program history in stolen bases and fifth in hits.

The watch list will continue to be a ‘rolling’ list until May 27 when the semifinalists for the award are announced. The Golden Spikes trophy will be awarded in Los Angeles on July 17.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8.

The Wildcats play at Texas Tech this weekend, beginning tonight in Lubbock at 6:30. Saturday’s game is at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s gameis at 1 p.m.

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