Ross Kivett Named 2012 Pgcbl Player of the YearAugust 17, 2012 - Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL)
Kivett, a rising junior at Kansas State University, captured the league's batting championship with a .401 average over 40 games played. He paced the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.497), hits (61) and stolen bases (37).
Kivett finished among the league's top five qualifying hitters in five other statistical categories including slugging percentage (.556), runs scored (41), total bases (86), triples (three) and times hit by a pitch (nine). For the season, Kivett batted .401 with three home runs, 29 RBI, 10 doubles and 22 walks.
The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in all 40 games that he played for the Golden Eagles. Kivett recorded at least one hit in 35 contests andl led all PGCBL batters with 21 multi-hit games. He recorded two hits 18 times, three hits on two occasions and on July 21 against #2 nationally ranked Amsterdam, Kivett socked a season high five hits in a 12-4 victory.
He struck out just nine times in 188 total plate appearances. The Kansas State product ended his season on an 18-game hitting streak that ran from June 28 through July 23. Earlier in the season, Kivett posted a hitting streak of 12 games. Overall, Kivett's batting average never dropped below .333.
On the base paths, the former high school hockey player stole at least one base in 23 games. Kivett stole four bases in a single game twice and added a three-swipe performance in his second-to-last game of the season. His 37 stolen bases were six more than the league runner-up and the total shattered the previous PGCBL record of 22 set last season by Newark's Michael Bolling.
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