K-State picks up its fourth Big 12 series win over KU in the last five years
Junior (2011): Made 58 starts and came off the bench in three other contests... His 61 games played are tied for seventh in school history... Hit .243 (51-of-210) with 16 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 42 RBI... Is the team's leading returner in RBI... Nine of his 16 doubles came in Big 12 play to tie for fifth in the league... Was also 14-of-16 in stolen base attempts... Tied for fourth on the team with 15 multi-hit games, while he was second on the squad with 11 multi-RBI contests... Also recorded 17 two-out RBI to rank second on the squad... Went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI against Pacific on Feb. 20... Also had a three-hit game with four RBI against Long Island on March 11... Went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against Nebraska on March 16... Tallied a career best five RBI when he went 2-for-5 with a triple and a home run against Cal State Bakersfield on May 4... Helped K-State sweep KU by going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI on May 21.
Sophomore (2010): Was the every-day right fielder after serving as a backup in 2009... Hit .267 with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 33 RBI... Was also 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts, worked 29 walks and was hit 10 times... Drove in a team-high seven runs over the last six games of the year... Tallied 13 multi-hit games, including a four-hit performance against Western Michigan... Also scored five times against the Broncos, tying the Kansas State single-game record, while he recorded three RBI and stole two bases... Drove in a career best four runs and hit two home runs against Kent State on March 12... Also homered against Grambling State in the NCAA Regional as part of a 3-for-4 day... Had five outfield assists on the year, including one in back-to-back games at Texas Tech on April 1 and 2.
Freshman (2009): Saw action in 21 games, including three starts... Finished his freshman campaign with a .250 (7-for-28) batting average... Recorded two doubles and three RBI... Went 2-for-5 in Big 12 play... Was the team's top pinch hitter as he was 4-for-10 (.400)... Had a game-tying, pinch-hit RBI single against No. 15 Texas A&M before K-State won two batters later to clinch the series... Tallied a season-high three-game hitting streak in March against Niagara and Butler, including two doubles.
Springboro HS: Played for the Panthers under head coach Mark Pelfrey... Led team to a 27-5 record as a senior, en route to a league and district championship... Hit a school-record .442 in his three-year varsity career, while also setting the school's career record in doubles with 33... A three-time all-area, all-conference and all-state selection... Named a 2008 Preseason Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-American... Rated the sixth-best player in Ohio going into his senior year by Buckeye Scout... Also a three-year letterwinner in football... Was drafted in the 43rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Personal: Michael James Kindel was born August 5, 1989, in Dayton, Ohio... Son of David and Annette Kindel... Has three siblings, Sean, Kirsten and Chelsea... A social science major who would like to pursue a career in sportscasting.