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Cats Place Four on All-Big 12 Baseball Teams



MANHATTAN, KAN. Kansas State’s Brandon Farr, Jared Goedert, Barrett Rice and Joe Roundy were each named to the 2006 All-Big 12 Baseball teams, the league office announced. Goedert was named to the second team at third base, while catcher Farr and outfielders Roundy and Rice each earned honorable mention honors.


Oklahoma State’s Tyler Mach and Texas’ Drew Stubbs were named Co-Players of the Year, while Mach also was named Newcomer of the Year and Texas right-hander Kyle McCulloch was named Pitcher of the Year. Texas Tech claimed both freshman of the year awards with outfielder Roger Kieschnick earning player honors and Miles Morgan earning pitcher honors, while Texas’ Augie Garrido was named Coach of the Year.


Goedert hit .337 this season as a junior with 12 homers, 12 doubles and 46 RBI in 53 games played. The Concordia native had a 15-game hitting streak to open the season and, at the end of the regular season, was ranked in the Top 10 in the Big 12 Conference in six offensive categories.


In two seasons at Kansas State, Farr hit .334, including a .337 average this season, in 87 career games. Earlier this season, Farr hit safely in 18 straight games, the longest streak in the Big 12 this season and the fourth longest in school history. He earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors after a huge weekend at Texas Tech in April and recorded hits in 29 of his last 34 games.


Rice has consistently been one of the top hitters on the team and in the Big 12 Conference this season. The Sugar Land, Texas, native has the seventh-best batting average in the league at .368 and ranked third in the league in doubles with 18. For his career, Rice hit .359 with nine homers, 61 RBI’s and 27 doubles and had multiple hits in 37 of his 95 career games.


This season, Roundy hit .389 with eight homers and 51 RBI’s in 52 games. The Chandler, Ariz., native hit safely in 40 of 52 games this season and led the Wildcats with 26 multi-hit and 14 multi RBI games. Roundy currently is ranked in the Top 10 in the Big 12 in six offensive categories including his .389 batting average, which ranks third in the league. A Dick Howser Award Watch List nominee this season, Roundy is a career .339 hitter in 103 games as a Wildcat.


The four players on the all-conference squads were the most under head coach Brad Hill and the most since four players earned honors back in 2003 and six in 2002.


K-State, at 31-20-2 and 8-17-2, finished the season in ninth place in the Big 12 Conference, one win away from eighth and a Big 12 Tournament berth, and recorded 30 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991.