The college baseball season has ended for Big 12 schools, but the individual accolades continue.
Oklahoma starting pitcher Jonathan Gray and Kansas State second-baseman Ross Kivett were honored this week as All-America selections by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Gray, the No. 3 overall pick (by the Colorado Rockies) in the recent Major League Baseball Draft was named to the ABCA first team, and Kivett was a second-team selection.
For Gray, it is his fourth All-American honor this season and his third as a first-team honoree. He also was named as a First- Team All-American by Baseball America and the National College Baseball Writers Association. and a second-team selection by Louisville Slugger.
The Big 12 Player of the Year this season, Kivett has been named to three All-America teams in 2013. That is the most by a player from Kansas State since A.J. Morris was named to six All-America teams in 2009. Kivett batted .360 his junior season as a Wildcat, with 15 doubles, three home runs and 39 RBI. He was the 10th-round selection of the Cleveland Indians in this year’s MLB Draft.
Gray and Kivett were also named to the ABCA Midwest All-Region Team along with five fellow Big 12 players: Gray, Kivett and K-State teammate Austin Fisher were first-team Midwest All-Region selections. Pitcher Jordan Piche of Kansas, Matt Oberste of Oklahoma, Jared King of Kansas State and Mark Payton of Texas were named to the All-Region Second Team.