Four Wildcats Named Academic All-Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. For the second-straight year, Kansas State placed four members of its baseball team on the Academic All-Big 12 first team, as the conference released its list of 71 student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors on Thursday.


Senior Todd Vogel (construction science and management) was joined by a trio of sophomores in Carter Jurica (finance), Jason King (management) and Thomas Rooke (marketing).


The distinction marked the third-straight year Vogel has been named to the first team, while Jurica, King and Rooke are all first-time honorees in their first year of eligibility.


The four players on the Academic All-Big 12 first team marked the fourth-straight season under head coach Brad Hill that the Cats placed at least four members on the first team. In Hill’s six seasons at Kansas State, the Cats have now placed a total of 23 student-athletes on the academic all-conference first team.


Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the baseball academic all-league team consisted of 52 first team members combined with 19 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.


To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters. All players nominated must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests, while pitchers are required to have at least one inning pitched per game played by the team or have appeared in 20 percent of their team’s total games. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.


Next action for Kansas State is this weekend as the Wildcats take on Kansas in the annual Sunflower Showdown. Friday’s game, which is Senior Night at Kansas State, is set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium. The series then shifts to Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan., for the final two games. Both contests are scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch, while Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on FSN with Greg Lucas and Jack Lazorko calling the action.