King, Rooke Named Academic All-District

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State infielder Jason King and relief pitcher Thomas Rooke were among 10 players named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First Team, announced on Thursday.


The two sophomores teamed up to mark the first time since 2002 the Cats have had at least two members on the list, while it’s the third straight season Kansas State has placed at least one player on the list.


King, who holds a 3.98 GPA in management, is hitting at a .318 clip this season with 16 doubles, three triples, six homers and 53 RBI, which is second in the Big 12. He is also 13-for-15 in stolen-base attempts this season. The switch-hitter has collected 21 multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit games, while he has driven in five runs on two occasions this year.


Rooke, a marketing major, is 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 25 appearances. The left-hander has already equaled his win and appearance total from last season, while he has struck out 52 batters. Rooke, a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year watch list, has tallied four saves this year, including last Friday at No. 26 Oklahoma State in which he threw 2.2 scoreless innings.


The first team district honor now qualifies each player for Academic All-America consideration in upcoming voting by CoSIDA members. In order to be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America honors, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.00 scale and participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s games. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.


The 10th-ranked Wildcats will host its final three-game conference series of the season as they face Texas Tech, beginning Friday with a 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.