Kivett Named PGCBL Player of the Year

Ross Kivett

Aug. 17, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior infielder Ross Kivett was honored for his outstanding summer on the diamond as he was named the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Year, the league announced.

Kivett won the PGCBL batting title at .401 (61-for-152), while he also led the nine-team league in hits, on-base percentage (.497) and stolen bases (37) despite missing the final week of the regular season due to a pre-planned trip to the London Olympics.

Aside from leading the league in four categories, Kivett also finished in the top five in slugging percentage (third; .566), runs scored (fourth; 41), total bases (fourth; 86), triples (fifth; 3) and hit-by-pitch (fifth; 9).

The Broadview Heights, Ohio, product reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in all 40 games, while he recorded a hit in all but five games and led the league with 21 multi-hit contests. In 188 total plate appearances, Kivett struck out just nine times, and he ended his season riding an 18-game hitting streak.

During his sophomore season in 2012, Kivett was fifth on the team with a .286 batting average as the leadoff batter for the Wildcats. He led the team and ranked second in the Big 12 with 25 steals, while his five triples were also a team best and tied for fifth in the conference.

The Wildcats begin fall practices in September, while the K-State Fall World Series will be held in late October.