Jared King Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Jared King tied the K-State freshman home run record on Sunday

May 9, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State freshman outfielder Jared King was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. It is King’s second designation of the season after being named co-newcomer of the week on April 11.

King went 8-for-20 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in five games last week to raise his season average 15 points. He tallied three multi-hit games in a series against Missouri, hitting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, a home run and four RBI.

King’s two home runs last week pushed his season total to seven, which ties the Kansas State freshman record and are the most by a Wildcat freshman since 1994.

By going 7-for-13 in the Missouri series, King raised his Big 12 batting average to .325, which ranks 13th in the Big 12 and third among freshmen. King was hitting .281 in conference play until seeing his average improve 44 points against the Tigers.

King entered the week hitting .285 overall but raised his average to an even .300, the first time he has eclipsed the .300 mark since April 10. Jared and his older brother Jason have combined for 16 of Kansas State’s 28 home runs, while they are the only set of brothers in the nation to homer in the same game and tally multi-home run games this season.

Kansas State returns to action this Friday as the Wildcats begin a three-game series with New Orleans at Tointon Family Stadium. First pitch on both Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale is set for a 1 p.m. start.