March 31, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State center fielder Ross Kivett led or tied for the lead in the Big 12 in nine different offensive categories last week, helping the senior be named Big 12 Player of the Week for the period ending March 30. It is Kivett's second conference player of the week honor this season.
Kivett hit .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and seven RBI in four games last week. He led the Big 12 in batting average, hits, RBI, runs scored (7), total bases (18), on-base percentage (.600), and slugging percentage (1.059). He also tied for the conference lead in doubles (3) and triples (1).
Kivett started the week by becoming the first Wildcat to hit for the cycle in nearly 17 years. He completed the cycle by the sixth inning of the March 26 game against Nebraska, hitting a home run in the first, a triple in the second, a double in the third and a single in the sixth (fifth at-bat).
He followed up his midweek performance by notching multi-hit efforts in each contest of the three-game set at Creighton. In the series at TD Ameritrade Park, Kivett was 6-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI.
This marks the third straight week and fourth time this season K-State has garnered a Big 12 player of the week award. Last week, pitcher Nate Griep earned the Newcomer of the Week honor, and on March 3, Kivett, last year's Big 12 Player of the Year, earned his first career player of the week award from the conference. Mitch Meyer collected the Big 12 Player of the Week award on March 17.
K-State has now earned 45 player of the week awards in Big 12 history, including nine in the last two seasons. The Wildcats' four honors this season match Baylor for the most among the conference's nine programs through the first seven weeks of the season.
Kivett and the Wildcats head to Papillion, Neb. for a midweek contest against Omaha at Werner Park, home of the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, on Tuesday, April 1. First pitch against the Mavericks is set for 6:30 pm. The game can be heard live on News Radio 1350 KMAN and at k-statesports.com.