PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 22, 2012) – Former Rutgers third baseman Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) was named a Third Team All-American by Baseball America, the organization announced Friday. Prior to his breakout single season, Kivlehan spent four years as a member of the football team.
Kivlehan concluded the season by signing with the Seattle Mariners as a fourth round (131st overall) selection of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
The BIG EAST Player of the Year, Kivlehan won the first league triple crown in conference history (.402, 10, 36) and helped lead RU to its 11th BIG EAST Championship appearance in program history, posting a 31-25 season record. Overall, he batted .392 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs overall, to go with a .693 slugging percentage and .480 on-base percentage.
The third baseman took home four weekly league honors during the course of the season, including the BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 26 after collecting seven hits and reaching base safely in 12-of-15 plate appearances against Seton Hall in the first conference series. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 2, April 30 and May 14.
During the season, Kivlehan recorded 24 multiple-hit games, including three contests with four knocks. He concluded the season having reached base safely in the last 27 games, adding 14 games with at least two RBIs. Rutgers recorded a 23-16 mark after the big-hitting third baseman took over the cleanup spot on March 18 at Stetson.
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