Kansas State University baseball’s freshman pitcher and Conway native Jordan Wicks was recently tabbed the 2019 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

He was also named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Freshman Team.

Wicks became the second Wildcat to earn Freshman of the Year honors after posting a 6-2 record and led all Big 12 freshman with a 3.20 ERA as he struck out 82 batters in 81.2 innings, while walking just 24 batters.

Wicks’ ERA ranks seventh best in the Big 12, while his strikeouts place him eighth in the conference.

His 82 strikeouts also give him the program record for a freshman along with the 81.2 innings pitched, which were both records set in 1973.

Wicks also earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors on April 15 after throwing a five-hit shutout at the University of Texas, which was the team’s first-ever shutout of the Longhorns and helped clinch a road series over a top-25 team for the second time ever.

This season, the Wildcats went 25-31 overall with an 8-16 record in conference play and were riding a four-game losing streak heading into tournament play against the No. 1 seeded Texas Tech.

But, if there is anything K-State can hang its hat on, it is the strong freshman season from the former Wampus Cat, which could pave the way for a brighter future for the Wildcats.