May 15, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State saw a school-record tying seven players named to either the first or second squad of the 2012 Academic Big 12 Baseball Team as the league released its list of 60 student-athletes who earned academic honors on Tuesday.
Five of Kansas State’s seven seniors were named to the list as Matt Applegate and Matt Giller earned first-team honors, while Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Wade Hinkle and Mike Kindel were named to the second team. Sophomore Jared King joined Applegate and Giller on the first team, and junior Tanner Witt picked up second-team honors.
Kansas State’s seven selections tied the 2003 and 2010 teams for the most in school history, while it was the seventh-straight season under head coach Brad Hill that the Cats have placed at least three members on the first team. In Hill’s nine seasons at Kansas State, the Wildcats have collected 47 academic all-conference honors, including 34 first-team designations. Additionally, five of the seven players this season earned academic all-conference honors for the first time in their career.
A kinesiology major from Wichita, Kan., Applegate earned the first all-conference honor of his career. The right-handed pitcher has seen time in 14 games, including 11 starts, and has posted a 2-6 record with a 5.64 ERA. Earlier this season, he earned the victory as he led K-State to a 5-2 win over No. 21 Texas by allowing just two runs in 5.2 innings.
Giller, a senior who is a double major in marketing and management, earned his second career first-team designation after being honored in 2010. A product of Manhattan, Kan., Giller has started 102 games during his career, including 36 this season. The third baseman is hitting .252 with one home run and 11 RBI.
King earned an all-conference designation during the first season he has been eligible for the award. A sophomore majoring in entrepreneurship, King ranks second in the Big 12 in average (.373), hits (74), slugging percentage (.563) and total bases (111), while the Dublin, Ohio, product also sits in the conference’s top 10 in seven other offensive categories.
Bahramzadeh earned the second academic all-conference honor of his career after collecting first-team accolades in 2010. Hinkle, Kindel and Witt were each first-time recipients.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team consists of first-team members who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Kansas State closes out regular-season action this weekend with a three-game series at Texas Tech, Thursday through Saturday, at Rip Griffin Park. The first two games of the series begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV. Saturday’s regular-season finale is slated for a 1 p.m., start and will be televised nationally on FSN. All three games will be aired in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.
2012 K-State Academic All-Big 12 Selections
Matt Applegate, Senior, RHP, Kinesiology
Matt Giller, Senior, IF, Marketing and Management
Jared King, Sophomore, OF, Entrepreneurship
Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Senior, RHP, Management Information Systems
Wade Hinkle, Senior, IF, Social Sciences
Mike Kindel, Senior, OF, Social Sciences
Tanner Witt, Junior, OF, Management