Three Wildcats Earn Honors from ABCA

Austin Fisher

June 18, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Ross Kivett, Austin Fisher and Jared King were each named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region team, while Kivett earned second team All-America honors from the organization Tuesday.

Kivett and Fisher were first team all-region honorees, while King was named to the second team. The three accolades were the most by K-State from the ABCA in a single year, while Kivett picked up the first All-America designation from the organization since Nick Martini in 2010.

The 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year, Kivett earned his third All-America honor this season, the most by a Wildcat since A.J. Morris garnered six in 2009. The second baseman finished his junior campaign with a .360 batting average, 15 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 39 RBI. He played in every game during K-State's historic season and finished in the top 10 of four offensive categories in single-season school history.

Fisher burst onto the scene as a sophomore by hitting a team-leading .361 with 20 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 38 RBI in 60 games. The Lenexa, Kan., product tied for fourth in K-State history in doubles, while he held the sixth-longest hitting streak in school history at 18 games. An All-Big 12 First Team selection, Fisher finished in the top 10 of the Big 12 in eight offensive categories and was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olsen Breakout Player of the Year Award and on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop.

King completed his junior year hitting .335 with 16 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a team-high 53 RBI. An All-Big 12 First Team honoree, King finished the 2013 season in the top 10 of the Big 12 in 10 offensive categories, including a second-place ranking in RBI, and sits in the top 10 in three K-State career categories.

Kansas State finished the historic 2013 season with a 45-19 mark to set the school record for wins, while the Wildcats won their first conference championship in 80 years by compiling a 16-8 record in Big 12 play. For the first time in program history, Kansas State was selected to host a NCAA Regional and went 3-0 to register its first ever trip to a Super Regional.