Three Wildcats Named All-Big 12

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Kansas State placed three players on the 2007 All-Big 12 Baseball teams, led by first team selection Daniel Edwards, the league office announced Tuesday at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Edwards, one of the top closers in the nation this season, was the lone Wildcat named to the first team, while outfielder Byron Wiley earned second team honors and pitcher Brad Hutt was named to the honorable mention squad.


Kyle Russell (Texas) was been named Big 12 Player of the Year, while the Pitcher of the Year accolade went to teammate, Adrian Alaniz (Texas). Trevor Coleman (Missouri) earned Freshman of the Year honors, and teammates David Newman and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) shared the honor for Newcomer of the year. Tim Jamieson (Missouri) and Augie Garrido (Texas) were named Co-Coach of the Year.


Edwards, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, has settled in nicely this season as the Wildcats’ closer. A candidate for the 2007 Stopper of the Year Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, Edwards has been brilliant so far with 11 saves in 12 chances and also has picked up three wins. In 21 appearances this season, Edwards is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA and has struck out 49 batters in 34.2 innings while opponents are hitting just .150 against him. Dating back to last season, Edwards has recorded a save or a win in 15 of his last 21 appearances and has yielded just five total runs in his last 37.1 innings.


Wiley has provided some power to the middle of the order and has been the most consistent Wildcat at the plate this season. Wiley enters the week hitting .379 with seven homers and 44 RBI and is among the Big 12’s best in several offensive categories, including on-base percentage (2nd), batting (5th) and walks (3rd). The Tomball, Texas, native leads the Wildcats in 14 different offensive categories and has had multiple hits in 22 games, while recording three or more hits on seven different occasions and reaching base safely in 48 of 52 games played. Wiley also has hit safely in 32 of his last 40 games and is currently riding a team-best eight-game hitting streak heading into the Big 12 Tournament.

Hutt has been solid as the Friday starter for the Wildcats and has proven to be one of the more consistent Friday night guys in the entire Big 12 Conference this season. The junior is 8-4 this season, ranks 10th in the league in ERA at 3.34 and has gone six-plus innings in 10 of 14 starts. Dating back to last season, Hutt has won 10 of his last 17 starts and has gotten to the sixth inning in 11 of those starts. The Papillion, Neb., native is one win shy of tying the single-season school record for wins in a season (9).


Edwards was also named Tuesday to The Oklahoman All-Big 12 First Team as he was selected as the top closer in the league by the newspaper.


Kansas State has placed a total of 11 players on the All-Big 12 teams under head coach Brad Hill, and Edwards’ selection to the first team was the first under Hill. The last time K-State had a first team selection was back in 2002 when Pat Maloney and Ty Soto earned the honors.


The Wildcats will open the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday afternoon against top-seeded and regular season champion Texas at 1 p.m. inside Bricktown Ballpark. After Wednesday’s opener against Texas, Kansas State will face fourth-seeded Nebraska Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and then will square off against fifth-seeded Texas A&M Saturday at 10 a.m.