May 1, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State senior second baseman and center fielder Ross Kivett was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team as one of four infielders for District 7, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced. It is the first time in Kivett’s four years at K-State that he has been recognized with the Academic All-District distinction.
Kivett, who is majoring in Communications, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.343. In addition to being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team last season, Kivett has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each year since 2011, including in the 2013 fall semester when he posted a perfect 4.0 GPA.
After being named a preseason All-American by four organizations prior to this season, Kivett, last year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, was named to the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation’s top amateur player, as well as earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors.
Kivett has started all 45 of K-State’s games this year, batting a team-best .339 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 29 RBIs. He leads K-State in hits (58), doubles, total bases (79), walks (30), and stolen bases (19).
Kivett is among K-State’s career leaders in several categories, including a tie for the program-record in career stolen bases with 78. He is also second in games played (215), tied for fourth in hits (265), fifth in games started (205), tied for seventh in triples (11), and ninth in walks (103).
It is the second straight year a Wildcat has been selected to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District Team. Current senior RJ Santigate was honored in 2013. Since 2007, six Wildcats have been recognized by the organization, including a pair of two-time honorees (Brett Scott and Jason King).
The accolade qualifies Kivett for Capital One Academic All-America consideration in upcoming voting by CoSIDA members. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.00 scale and participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s games. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.
Kivett and K-State return to action with a trip to Fort Worth for a three-game series against No. 13 TCU. The series, the Wildcats’ final Big 12 road series of the season, starts on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 pm. The Wildcats return home next weekend with a three-game set against Oklahoma State.