Seven Wildcats Named Academic All-Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State placed a school-record tying seven members of its baseball team on the Academic All-Big 12 squads as the conference released its list of 69 student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors on Tuesday.

The seven members selected to the Academic All-Big 12 teams tied the 2003 squad for the most in school history. Of the seven players, five were named to the first team, marking the fifth-straight season under head coach Brad Hill the Cats have placed at least four members on the first team. In Hill's seven seasons at Kansas State, the Cats have collected 37 academic all-conference honors, including 28 first-team designations.

Seniors Ryan Daniel (management) and Daniel Dellasega (accounting and finance) were joined on the first team by juniors Carter Jurica (marketing) and Thomas Rooke (marketing), as well as sophomore Matt Giller (management). The five players named to the first team were the most since placing five on the first team in 2007 and one shy of a school-record six in 2006.

Daniel, Dellasega and Giller each received the first conference academic conference honor of their careers, while it was the second-straight award for Jurica and Rooke.

Sophomore pitchers James Allen (business administration) and Kayvon Bahramzadeh (business administration) were named to the second team as each earned their first-career academic distinctions from the conference.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the baseball academic all-league team consisted of 43 first team members combined with 26 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.

Kansas State concludes its regular season with a three-game set at Texas A&M this weekend. The series begins with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch Friday at Olsen Field before a 2:05 p.m. contest on Saturday. Sunday's regular season finale, which begins at 1:05 p.m., will be televised throughout the state of Kansas on Cox Communication's Kansas 22.