Wildcats Award Fall Camp Honors at Preseason Banquet

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State baseball announced its fall camp award winners on Friday during its annual preseason banquet at the West Stadium Center, with the group highlighted by senior Tyler Wolfe earning two awards and redshirt junior Jake Wodtke taking the Fall MVP honor.

In addition to Wodtke and Wolfe, junior college transfer Jake Scudder and freshman Garett Spencer earned the Ironman Award for hitters and pitchers, respectively.

A native of Maple Plain, Minnesota, Wolfe captured both the Mike Clark Award and Hustle Award. The prestigious Mike Clark Award, named after K-State baseball’s all-time winningest coach and current Senior Director of Development, is given to the student-athlete that best represents what it means to be a Wildcat on and off the field. Wolfe, who started every game for K-State at shortstop in 2015, is one of eight seniors on this year’s roster. He also picked up the Hustle Award for the second year in a row, which goes to the player that never takes a day off in anything he does. 

After transferring from Des Moines Area Community College, Wolfe broke out in his first season at K-State by leading the team in hitting in conference-only games with a .366 batting average - making him the first Wildcat newcomer to lead the team in hitting in Big 12 contests since 2012. In 57 overall games, he hit .287 (56-for-195) with 9 doubles, 3 triples, 30 RBI and a .397 OBP. He also made three appearances on the mound, not allowing a run in his four innings pitched.

Alongside Wolfe up the middle, Wodtke turned in a strong fall camp after earning the Wildcats’ starting second base role as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. The St. James Academy (KS) product played in 50 of K-State’s 57 games and hit .241 (33-for-137) with 11 RBI and 24 runs scored. He improved at the plate as the season wore on, batting .324 with 9 walks and a .468 OBP in his final 12 games. Defensively, Wodtke did not commit an error over his final 41 contests (164 total chances) and had just two all season.

In their first semester at K-State, Scudder and Spencer earned the Ironman Awards by showing the most improvement in the weight room and being able to transition that hard work to the field. A junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Scudder arrives at K-State having hit .367 (127-for-346) with 35 extra-base hits and 95 RBI in 113 career games with the Reivers. He was an all-conference catcher and utility player in his sophomore season after batting .384 with 54 RBI in 59 games. Spencer, meanwhile, is a left-handed pitcher out of Tomball, Texas. The 6-foot southpaw was a two-time first team all-district selection at Concordia Lutheran, including in his senior season when he helped the program with the 5A state championship.

The fall camp honors were voted upon by the K-State coaching staff following the conclusion of official practices this past November.

Head coach Brad Hill, entering his 13th season at K-State, will lead a group of 32 Wildcats in 2016. The roster features 14 returning letterwinners, including All-Big 12 performers from a year ago Corey Fischer, Tyler Moore, Bryce Ward (All-Freshman) and Wolfe. 

The campaign starts on February 19 at UC Riverside. The Wildcats will play a four-game set against the Highlanders before traversing to Surprise, Arizona for two games each against No. 5 Oregon State (February 25-26) and Utah (February 27-28).

The home opener at Tointon Family Stadium is set for March 4 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Season tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here, calling 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or stopping by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum.

All-Time Mike Clark Award Winners
Tyler Wolfe (2015-16)
Shane Conlon (2014-15)
Blair DeBord (2013-14)
Blair DeBord (2012-13)
Matt Giller (2011-12)