Six Cats Named Academic All-Big 12 in Baseball

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State placed six student-athletes on the 54-man 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, the league office announced Tuesday. Chase Bayuk, Brad Hutt, A.J. Morris, Brett Scott and Todd Vogel were all named to the first team squad, while Nate Tenbrink was named to the second team.


Bayuk (Business Administration), Hutt (Nutrition and Exercise Science/Athletic Training) and Scott (Finance) have been named to the first team for the second straight season, while Morris (Business Administration), Tenbrink (Business Administration) and Vogel (Construction Science) are first time honorees.


Scott was recently named First Team Academic All-District VII and received his undergraduate degree in finance last weekend at Kansas State with a 3.97 overall grade-point average.


The six players on the Academic All-Big 12 team marked the second straight season under head coach Brad Hill that the Cats placed six on the team. In Hill’s four seasons at Kansas State, the Cats have now placed a total of 20 student-athletes on the academic all-conference squads.


Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league baseball squad consisted of 36 first team members combined with 18 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.


Up next for the Cats after Illinois State on Tuesday is a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s finale is a 1 p.m. first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.