March 3, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Ross Kivett of K-State Baseball was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the period ending March 2, the conference office announced. It is the senior's first career conference player of the week honor.
Kivett tied for the Big 12-lead with a .500 (6-for-12) batting average during K-State's 3-0 week while he finished second in hits and third in OBP (.536). The senior, who also had three RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored, had a hit and an RBI in each game, including a season-high three hits in the Wildcats' 8-3 victory over Missouri State on March 1. Kivett was especially strong with runners in scoring position, where he went 4-for-5 (.800) and registered two of his three RBI with two outs.
Kivett's six hits last week helped move him into K-State's top-10 for career base hits. The 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year is now tied with Greg Korbe (1975-78) for ninth with 218.
Kivett, who started all but two of his 170 career games at second base entering the season, also started in center field in each of the three games, his first career starts at that position. He notched an outfield assist and was errorless in his nine chances.
This is the 42nd time in program history a Wildcat has garnered a Big 12 weekly honor and 20th time an individual has earned the conference's Player of the Week award. Mitch Meyer (May 20, 2013) was the last Wildcat to be named Big 12 Player of the Week prior to Kivett.
Kivett and K-State (4-7) will open its home schedule on Friday, March 7 against Iowa (9-1). The Wildcats' game at Nebraska scheduled for March 4 has been canceled.