Conlon, Griep Highlight 7 Wildcats Named All-Big 12
Conlon, Griep Highlight 7 Wildcats Named All-Big 12
TULSA, Okla. -- Shane Conlon became the second Wildcat ever to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors twice in a career as the redshirt senior, who was a unanimous selection, and Nate Griep, who was named All-Big 12 Second Team, highlighted a group of seven Wildcats to pick up postseason honors announced by the conference office.
Along with Conlon and Griep's Big 12 accolades, senior Max Brown and newcomers Corey Fischer, Tyler Moore and Tyler Wolfe were named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention while freshman pitcher Bryce Ward was selected to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.
In addition to being the second Wildcat to ever earn All-Big 12 First Team honors twice -- joined by Pat Maloney (2001-02) -- Conlon is the 10th player in K-State's overall history to earn all-conference first team honors two times. Eight players were selected to the All-Big Eight First Team from 1958 to 1996.
A fifth-year senior, Conlon paced the Wildcats with a .308 batting average, 57 hits and a .401 on-base percentage during the regular season. Within his second-highest hit total of his career, Conlon notched his 200th career hit on May 5 at Wichita State, becoming the 18th player in program history to reach that milestone.
In 49 games this year, Conlon had 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 26 RBIs and 10 stolen bases to go with his .300+ batting average. Defensively, the first baseman committed a career-low three errors, turning in a .994 fielding percentage.
Conlon enters this week's Big 12 Baseball Championship tied for sixth in K-State history with 209 career games played while he is also tied for fourth in hit by pitches with 34.
Griep, who is the seventh Wildcat pitcher in the last nine years to be named All-Big 12, has put together one of the best seasons by a starting pitcher in the Brad Hill era as he is 6-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 12 starts this season. In six Big 12 starts, the redshirt sophomore had a 1.96 ERA, which finished as fourth-best in the conference. His overall ERA, registered over a career-high 76 2/3 innings, was seventh-best.
Griep limited hitters to a .215 batting average against over the course of the season, which is the best clip against by a Wildcat starting pitcher in program history.
Brown hit .272 (53-for-195) with six doubles, six triples and a career-high 33 RBIs in 53 games of his final season in a Wildcat uniform. The Bellevue Community College transfer not only led the Wildcats in RBIs for the overall season, but in Big 12 play, Brown had a team-best 17 RBIs, which were more than he had in all 43 games as a junior (14). Meanwhile, his six triples were the second-most by a Big 12 hitter this regular season and the most by a Wildcat since 2011.
A transfer from Madison College, Fischer went from a starting pitcher to key reliever for K-State down the stretch of the season. In 10 relief outings in conference-only games, the junior was 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA and .212 batting average against. Over his first nine Big 12 relief appearances, the right-hander allowed just one run and recorded a stretch of 13 1/3 innings without a run and just three hits against from April 2-May 10.
Moore, a Coffeyville Community College transfer, played in 46 games in his first regular season as a Wildcat, hitting .302 (48-for-159) with 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBIs. The junior, who was awarded a Big 12 player of the week honor twice this year, had the most home runs by a K-State catcher since 2012. Behind the plate, the Shawnee, Kansas native threw out 38% of attempted base stealers (16-for-42).
Starting every game at shortstop for K-State, Wolfe finished the Big 12 season leading the Wildcats with a .366 batting average, 30 hits, 13 walks and .448 OBP, which were fourth, eighth, 11th and third, respectively, among all conference hitters. The junior finished out the regular season hitting .411 (23-for-56) with 10 walks and 14 RBIs in the final 14 games, as he batted .286 (53-for-183) on the year.
Wolfe also appeared in three games as a pitcher, including in two Big 12 games, and did not allow a run while surrendering just one hit in four total innings.
Ward, the sixth Wildcat since 2011 to be named to the conference's All-Freshman Team, appeared in 18 games this year, posting a 2.56 ERA and .254 batting average against. In eight relief outings in Big 12 games, the Jenks, Oklahoma native had a 1.38 ERA and .191 batting average against. He recorded his first career save at Oklahoma State on March 27, helping the Wildcats to a 4-2 win over the No. 12 Cowboys.
The All-Big 12 team and individual awards are voted on by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. For a complete list of all Big 12 postseason awards, click here.
This year marked the third time since 2009 that K-State had seven or more All-Big 12 honors.
K-State will open the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when it takes on third-seeded Oklahoma at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The sixth-seeded Wildcats went 1-2 against the Sooners in the regular season, a series held in Manhattan from May 8-10.
All-Big 12 First Team
Shane Conlon, RS Sr.
All-Big 12 Second Team
Nate Griep, RHP, RS So.
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Max Brown, OF, Sr.
Corey Fischer, RHP, Jr.
Tyler Moore, C, Jr.
Tyler Wolfe, INF, Jr.
All-Big 12 Freshman Team
Bryce Ward, RHP