Four Texas Baseball players earn 2013 All-Big 12 honors


by KVUE Sports

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 announced its 2013 Baseball All-Big 12 Team with four members of the Texas Baseball program earning honors. Junior outfielder Mark Payton (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita HS) earned unanimous first team honors while sophomore pitcher Dillon Peters (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral HS) earned second team honors. Junior infielder/pitcher Ty Marlow (Giddings/Texas A&M/McLennan CC) earned honorable mention while freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa (Spring/Klein Collins HS) was named to the All-Freshman Team.


Payton led the Longhorns this season with a .393 batting average in 50 games with 11 doubles, eight triples and 29 RBI while recording nine outfield assists. He led the team with 20 multi-hit games and finished the season with a streak of reaching base safely in 39 straight games. This is his second conference honor after earning second team honors last season.


Peters led UT starting pitchers with six wins and a 1.97 ERA. With the 6-3 record in 14 starts, he threw 86 2/3 innings and allowed 71 hits and 19 earned runs while walking 24 and striking out 57. Opponents hit .223 against Peters this season.


Marlow made 18 starts as a position player, primarily at first base. He batted .215 with two doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. On the mound, he made 24 appearances and posted a 1-2 record with a 2.16 ERA and two saves. In 33 1/3 innings, Marlow allowed 25 hits and eight earned runs with seven walks and 26 strikeouts. Opponents hit .214 against him.


Hinojosa started in every game this season for the Longhorns at shortstop. He finished second on the team with a .309 batting average with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, three stolen bases and 29 RBI. He had 11 errors on the season, but did not record an error in his final 11 games of the season and only one error in his final 18 games.


Big 12 regular season champion K-State highlights the 2013 All-Big 12 Baseball Team with four individual award winners and seven first team selections.


The Wildcats earned the Player of the Year (Ross Kivett), Freshman of the Year (Jake Matthys) and Coach of the Year (Brad Hill) while Jared King shared Scholar Athlete of the Year honors with Jantzen Witte from TCU.


WVU’s Harrison Musgrave was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, while Kansas reliever Jordan Piché is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.


The 2013 All-Big 12 Teams and individual honors are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.


Kivett is K-State’s second Player of the Year in Big 12 history after Nick Martini shared the award in 2010. The junior infielder has 23 multi-hit games this season and finished Big 12 play ranked second in the league with a .376 batting average over the 24 conference games. A unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, the Broadview Heights, Ohio-native recorded a .439 on-base percentage and .475 slugging percentage in league games along with 10 stolen bases. In overall games, he hit .353 with 24 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 12 doubles and four triples.


As a redshirt sophomore, Musgrave compiled a 5-0 record in league play with a 1.02 ERA to lead all starters. In 53 innings pitched, he struck out 61 Big 12 batters and limited opponents to a .145 batting average while allowing just six earned runs on the year. Musgrave earned four Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors this season, becoming just the second player in league history to accomplish the feat. In overall games, he has gone 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA and .197 opponent batting average. He recorded double-digit strikeouts against three Big 12 opponents, including a season-high 14 against TCU. He is only the second sophomore to win the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Year award and first since Max Scherzer (Missouri, 2005).


Jordan Piché, a junior transfer from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, finished his first Big 12 season with a 3-3 record and five saves against conference foes en route to Newcomer of the Year honors. He is just the second Jayhawk to claim the award (David Narodowski, 2009). The right-handed relief pitcher posted a 2.20 ERA, 10th best in conference games, and allowed eight runs and five walks in 32.2 innings of work. Piché was the recipient of three Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors this season, becoming the first player to earn more than two in a single season since the award began in 2011.


Matthys becomes K-State’s first Freshman of the Year after posting an unblemished 5-0 record in 16 games against league opponents this season. The reliever limited Big 12 opponents to a .186 batting average, with a 2.20 ERA, five saves and 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work. In 28 appearances for the Wildcats during the regular season, the Spring Lake Park, Minn., product is 8-0 with a 2.01 ERA.


King and Witte share the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. King, also on the All-Big 12 First Team, is a junior entrepreneurship major who holds a 3.52 grade point average. The junior is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member who started 50 of K-State’s 55 regular season contests. Witte is a graduate student in TCU’s liberal arts program where he boasts a 3.84 GPA. The senior, who has played in all 54 of TCU’s games, holds a communications degree and was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree from 2010-12.


Brad Hill garners his second Big 12 Coach of the Year honor (2009) after leading the ‘Cats to their first Big 12 baseball championship with a 16-8 league record this season. It marked the first conference baseball championship for K-State since 1933. The Wildcats, who were predicted to finish seventh in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, made the biggest jump by a regular-season champion since the poll began in 1999. Hill’s squad is one of the best hitting teams in the nation and compiled a 39-16 overall record in the regular season. The 16 conference wins are a Big 12 record for the Wildcats, who are also four wins away from matching the program record for overall wins. Hill joins K-State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber and football coach Bill Snyder as Coach of the Year recipients for the 2012-13 season. This is the first time in Big 12 history a league program has earned all three of those sport honors in the same season.


A year after having no players on the All-Big 12 First Team, K-State leads this year’s squad with seven selections, including unanimous choices Kivett, Shane Conlon, Austin Fisher and King, who becomes a three-time All-Big 12 honoree after earning second team honors the past two years. Only Baylor (2012) has tallied seven first team selections, while the three first team infielders by K-State has also only been done on one other occasion (Texas A&M, 2008).


Musgrave and Mark Payton (Texas) were unanimous choices, along with Baylor’s Cal Towey and Narhan Orf. Oklahoma also recorded a pair of unanimous first team honorees in Matt Oberste and Jonathan Gray.



Player of the Year: Ross Kivett, Kansas State, Jr., INF

Pitcher of the Year: Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia, So., LHP

Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Piché, Kansas, Jr., RHP

Freshman of the Year: Jake Matthys, Kansas State, Fr., RHP

Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Jared King, Kansas State, Jr., OF & Jantzen Witte, TCU, Sr., INF

Coach of the Year: Brad Hill, Kansas State



Name, School                                                      Pos.        Cl.           Hometown/Previous School

Cal Towey, Baylor*+                                           INF          Sr.           Seattle, Wash./Eastside Catholic

Shane Conlon, Kansas State*                          INF          So.          Naperville, Ill./Central

Austin Fisher, Kansas State*                             INF          So.          Lenexa, Kan./Olathe Northwest

Ross Kivett, Kansas State*                                INF          Jr.            Broadview Heights, Ohio/St. Edward

Matt Oberste, Oklahoma*                                  INF          Jr.            Salisaw, Okla./Blinn College

Blair DeBord, Kansas State                               C             Jr.            Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan

Jared King, Kansas State*+%                           OF           Jr.            Dublin, Ohio/Jerome

Zach Fish, Oklahoma State                               OF           So.          Kalamazoo, Mich./Gull Lake

Mark Payton, Texas*+                                        OF           Jr.            Chicago, Ill./St. Rita

Nathan Orf, Baylor^                                             DH          Sr.           Wentzville, Mo./Illinois-Chicago

Tanner Witt, Kansas State                                 UTL        Sr.           Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich

Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma*                               SP           Jr.            Chandler, Okla./Eastern Oklahoma State

Preston Morrison, TCU                                       SP           So.          Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson

Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia*                  SP           So.          Bridgeport, W.Va./Bridgeport

Jordan Piché, Kansas                                        RP           Jr.            Greeley, Colo./Indian Hills CC

Jake Matthys, Kansas State                              RP           Fr.           Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park

Vince Wheeland, Oklahoma State                   RP           Jr.            Turlock, Calif./Turlock



Name, School                                                      Pos.        Cl.           Hometown/Previous School

Lawton Langford, Baylor^                                  INF          Jr.            Uvalde, Texas/Uvalde

Tanner Krietemeier, Oklahoma State             INF          Jr.            Castle Rock, Colo./Nebraska

Jantzen Witte, TCU                                             INF          RSr.        Arlington, Texas/Martin

Jake Barrios, Texas Tech                                  INF          Jr.            Weatherford, Okla./Seward County CC

Ryan McBroom, West Virginia                          INF          Jr.            Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland

Victor Romero, Oklahoma State                       C             Sr.           Fairfield, Calif./Solano CC

Michael Suiter, Kansas                                      OF           So.          Kailua, Hawaii/Mid Pacific Institute

Craig Aiken, Oklahoma                                      OF           Fr.           Coppell, Texas/Coppell

Max White, Oklahoma                                        OF           Sr.           Durant, Okla./Durant

Matt Frazer, West Virginia                                  DH          Jr.            Alum Creek, W.Va./Nitro   

Randy McCurry, Oklahoma State                     UTL        Jr.            Tupelo, Okla./Tupelo

Dillon Overton, Oklahoma                                 SP           Jr.            Weatherford, Okla./Weatherford

Jason Hursh, Oklahoma State                          SP           So.          Carrollton, Texas/Trinity Christian

Dillon Peters, Texas                                            SP           So.          Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral

Crayton Bare, Baylor                                          RP           Sr.           Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

Jacob Evans, Oklahoma                                    RP           Fr.           Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow

Alex Young, TCU                                                 RP           Fr.           Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel Catholic


Due to ties in voting, three relief pitchers were named to the All-Big 12 First Team and three relief pitchers were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

* Unanimous Choice          ^2012 First Team Honoree                                +2012 Second Team Honoree         %2011 Second Team Honoree



Baylor: Max Garner, RHP, Sr.; Jake Miller, INF, Sr.; Dillon Newman, RHP, Jr.; Grayson Porter, OF, So.

Kansas: Alex DeLeon, INF, Sr.; Kaiana Eldredge, C, Jr.; Kevin Kuntz, INF, Sr.; Justin Protacio, INF, So.; Dakota Smith, OF, So.; Thomas Taylor, RHP, Sr.

Kansas State: Jon Davis, OF, Sr.

Oklahoma: Craig Aikin, OF, Fr.; Anthony Hermelyn, C, Fr.; Jack Mayfield, INF, Sr.

Oklahoma State: Brendan McCurry, UTL, Jr.; Tyler Nurdin, LHP, So.; Mark Robinette, RHP, Jr.; Saulyer Saxon, OF, Jr.; Donnie Walton, INF, Fr.

TCU: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, So.; Paul Hendrix, INF, Jr.; Boomer White, OF, Fr.

Texas: Ty Marlow, INF/RHP, Jr.

Texas Tech: Jarrard Poteete, DH, Fr.; Trey Masek, Jr., RHP

West Virginia: Bobby Boyd, OF, So.; Billy Fleming, INF, So.; Alan Filauro, C, Sr.; Jacob Rice, OF, Jr.; Brady Wilson, OF, Sr.; Ryan Tuntland, INF, Jr.



Name, School                                                      Pos.        Hometown/Previous School

Jake Matthys, Kansas State                              P             Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park

Levi MaVorhis, Kansas State                            P             Freeland, Wash./Archbishop Murphy

Craig Aiken, Oklahoma*                                    OF           Coppell, Texas/Coppell    

Jacob Evans, Oklahoma                                    P             Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow

Ralph Garza, Jr., Oklahoma                              P             New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels

Anthony Hermelyn, Oklahoma                         C             McKinney, Texas/McKinney

Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State                      INF          Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley

Riley Ferrell, TCU                                                P             College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated

Boomer White, TCU                                            OF           Houston, Texas/Memorial

Alex Young, TCU                                                 P             Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel Catholic

C.J Hinojosa, Texas*                                          INF          Spring, Texas/Klein Collins

Jarrard Poteete, Texas Tech                             DH          Braggs, Okla./Hilldale