BIG 12 BASEBALL: Kivett, Peters and Sadberry Named Weekly Award Recipients
March 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Dillon Peters (Texas) and Chris Sadberry (Texas Tech) have earned Big 12 baseball weekly awards for games played from February 24-March 2.
Reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Kivett nabs his first career Big 12 weekly award earning the Player of the Week distinction. This marks the second career Pitcher of the Week honor for Peters, who also claimed it on April 8, 2013. Sadberry is the Newcomer of the Week recipient marking the second consecutive week TTU has claimed the accolade.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Sr., OF, Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edward
Kivett hit .500 (6-for-12) with three RBI and two stolen bases in K-State’s 3-0 weekend. His .500 batting average for games Feb. 24-March 2 finished in a four-way tie for first among Big 12 hitters while his .538 OBP was third-best. In K-State’s 8-3 win over Missouri State on March 1, Kivett recorded his first three-hit game of the year while also driving in a run. Kivett went 4-for-5 (.800) in the three games with runners in scoring position, and two of his RBI came with two outs. The six hits moved him into K-State’s top-10 for career hits, as he now sits in a tie for ninth with 218. Kivett also started and played center field in each of the three games, his first action in center field during his K-State career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Dillon Peters, Texas, Jr., RHP, Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
Peters led No. 15/24 Texas to a 2-0 win over No. 12/15 Rice Friday night at the Houston College Classic by tossing eight shutout innings. The junior did not issue a walk, allowed just four hits and struck out six – one shy of his career high – while picking up his first win of the season against the Owls. He has allowed just two earned runs in 22 innings of work (0.82 ERA) this season.
Peters worked 1-2-3 second and third innings, retiring eight in a row after allowing a single in the first. The junior faced his first real trouble in the fourth, when Rice put two runners on with nobody out after consecutive singles. Peters, though, responded by striking out Rice’s four, five and six hitters to get out of the inning unscathed. After Texas scored two runs in the fourth, Peters cruised, retiring the side in the sixth and eighth innings. He allowed just one hit in his last four innings of work.
Peters is part of a Texas pitching staff that allowed just three earned runs in 38 innings (0.71 ERA) as the Longhorns went 4-0 last week. He was named to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team for his performance.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech, Jr., LHP, Holliday, Texas/Grayson County College
Sadberry threw seven innings without allowing an earned run on Sunday leading No. 26 Texas Tech to a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Rice on the final day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Sadberry allowed just five hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He received just two runs and two hits of support from the Red Raider offense – marking the fewest hits during a Tech victory in over 14 years. Sadberry, who became the first Tech left-handed pitcher to be named to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team, retired the leadoff batter in 6-of-7 innings and retired 16 of the first 19 Rice batters he faced. Sadberry’s seven-inning performance is a season-high for all Red Raider pitchers.