2013-14 Senior Weekend Guide Mike Tufano May 16, 2014 Features, Overtime As we all know, this season hasn’t been what we thought we were buying into. For no one else could that be more true than for Ross Kivett, last year’s Big 12 player of the year, who turned down his draft pick to come back for a chance to do something special. It didn’t work out the way he wanted, but we have a great group of seniors to honor this weekend. #9 Blair DeBord Catcher // Manhattan, KS DeBord finished lst season on the All-Big 12 team and the All-Regional team after the Cats took the Manhattan regional. He also finished as a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award. He’s a home town hero that stuck around to bring home a Big 12 title, and as any baseball fan can tell you, the catcher may be the biggest unsung hero on the team. #28 RJ Santigate IF // Las Vegas, Nevada Originally drafted by the Angels, Santigate took a roundabout way to Manhattan. After redshirting at Long Beach State, and then playing a year at Central Arizona College, he found his way to Manhattan and became a Big 12 champion. This year he sits behind only Ross Kivett in the team batting average. #33 Jared Moore LHP // Boulder, Colorado Remember that huge win over Wichita State on the first day of the NCAA regional last year? That was Jared Moore who got that win. What a year he had! He also went 8 straight appearances without allowing an earned run over a span that season. And don’t forget that 7 strikeout performace at KU. This year, so far, he’s tied for the most wins on the team. He’ll look to tack on one more in his farewell on Saturday. #7 Ross Kivett IF & OF // Broadview Heights, Ohio Every K-State fan knows how special the number 7 is in Manhattan. It calls to mind some of the greatest football players we’ve seen. And now it’s special for one of the greatest baseball players to come through the Little Apple as well. Drafted after last season by his home state Indians, it only seemed natural that he’d be headed off to professional ball, but Kivett turned it down for unfinished business. He won’t be ending his career in Omaha, but last season’s Big 12 Player of the year has nothing left to prove. From hitting for the cycle against Nebraska to all sorts of heroics in last year’s magical year, Ross Kivett has certainly made K-State proud.