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MARTINI SETS RECORD; PLUS OTHER K-STATE NOTES

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By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. --  K-State junior Nick Martini was the record-setting news out of the weekend where the Wildcats went 1-2 versus Texas A&M in baseball action at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State dropped the first two games, 6-3, 4-3, but thumped the Aggies 9-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Martini reached base safely in each of the three games running his NCAA Division I record total to 87 consecutive games where he has reached base via a hit, walk or being hit-by-pitch.

On Friday, Martini enjoyed a four-hit game, while Saturday's drama reached the seventh inning when the Wildcat left fielder had grounded out three times before being intentionally walked keeping the streak alive. Sunday, Martini set the record with an early-game double, plus added two more hits.

"He was really locked in today," said K-State coach Brad Hill. "For him to come back after (going 0-for-4) yesterday, you can tell he was much more focused today. He had huge at-bats all day long. The streak is hard to describe. His ability to be unselfish and not swing at bad pitches for that many games is phenomenal."

Martini broke the 86-game record set by Elon's Cory Harrilchak set from April 4, 2008, through May 21, 2009.

PULLEN, KELLY TO PLAY PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL: Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly are still playing hoops, but now they're rivals.

The Wildcat seniors have received invitations to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament scheduled for April 6-9 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Pullen will be playing for Roger Brown's squad in the tournament and will team with Jeff Allen (Virginia Tech), Papa Dia (SMU), Jon Diebler (Ohio State), Justin Harper (Richmond), Sam Muldrow (South Carolina), Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston) and Justin Hurtt (Tulsa). The squad will begin play on Thursday at 8 p.m. CDT against Cherry, Bakaert and Holland, which includes Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh), Dwight Hardy (St. John's) and Corey Stokes (Villanova).

Kelly will be playing for Sales Systems Limited and will team with Mike Tisdale (Illinois), Anatoly Bose (Nicholls State), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington), Kevin Anderson (Richmond), Cory Higgins (Colorado), Demontez Stitt (Clemson) and Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh). The squad will open play in the tournament on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CDT against K&D Rounds Landscaping, which includes Jimmy Butler (Marquette), Blake Hoffarber (Minnesota) and Chris Warren (Mississippi).

Operating since 1953, the Portsmouth Invitational is one of the preeminent NBA pre-draft camps with approximately 200 NBA representatives in attendance. The four-day tournament consists of 12 games with the 64 invited college seniors playing on eight teams of eight players.

For more information on the Portsmouth Invitational, please visit the organization's website at www.portsmouthinvitational.com. A full bracket, including boxscores, will be updated as play begins.

RIDERS 4TH AT BIG 12: Kansas State's equestrian team placed fourth over the weekend at the Big 12 Championship in College Station, Texas, with a 10-6 loss to the host Aggies, and a 9-6 loss to Baylor.

"We made a few too many mistakes against great teams this weekend that kept us behind," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "We had some really exceptional rides as well, but at this point in the season it really takes everyone being exceptional to pull out a win. We need to go home and clean a few things up for Nationals, but I was really happy with the progress we made from Day 1 to Day 2 at this competition."

Scoring individual wins against both schools were Rachel Wetherell and Sam Etsell in horsemanship, Alecia Zimbelman in reining and Sarah Mershon in over fences. Zimbelman was named MVP in her event against Baylor.

K-State will close out the 2010-11 season April 14 in Waco, Texas, at the 2011 VENC National Championships.

CHEATHAM IN CANADA: The Toronto Argonauts have signed former Wildcat Ray Cheatham to a contract.

Cheatham spent 2010 with the Calgary Stampeders where he played one game.

A transfer from Independence Community College, Cheatham played in 2006-07-08 for the Wildcats, playing in 34 games.


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