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No Place Like Home: Baseball and Tennis Back in Action Today
K-State's team cheers for Blair DeBord during his at bat against Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 5, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
April 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Despite holding the Kansas Jayhawks down on Friday evening with at 10-0 win, the K-State baseball team fell 6-3 yesterday afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium.
"It's about winning the series, so obviously at home it's a must win game tomorrow," K-State head coach Brad Hill said after yesterday's loss. "We just gave them way too many opportunities. We didn't cash in on opportunities we had early, leaving the bases loaded twice that was really kind of it. We weren't really there from the start."
Kansas took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and from there, held the lead through the rest of the game.
A sunny spring afternoon, yesterday's game drew Tointon Family Stadium's largest crowd of 2014 with 3,847 fans announced in attendance. Already announced a sellout, the Wildcats can expect a similar atmosphere at this afternoon's series finale.
"It's awesome," senior catcher Blair DeBord said about yesterday's crowd. "It's pretty invigorating when you get that RBI hit, you know. You can just feel the energy behind it. We love it when people come out. Every play was, 'Ooo, ahh.' A lot of people were cheering and yelling, it was just a lot of fun to play in."
With the series now tied, the Wildcats will return to their home turf this afternoon at 1 p.m. to finish off this season's Sunflower Showdown.
"Not all is lost," continued DeBord. "We really say around here that championships are won on Sundays, so (today) is a big game for us."
For a complete recap and box score of yesterday's game, click here. For a recap of Friday's 10-0 win, click here.
Though K-State tennis fell 7-0 to No. 25 Texas on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, K-State senior Petra Niedermayerova secured yet another piece of school history yesterday. At the number one doubles, Niedermayerova tied K-State record for career double wins with a 73-47 (.608). She needs only one doubles win to surpass Petra Sedlmajerova (73-55; 1999-03) to capture the school record.
The No. 69 Wildcats will return to the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium tomorrow to take on No. 16 Baylor at 11 a.m.
For complete scores and results from yesterday's matches, click here.
K-State's Petra Niedermayerova returns a shot against Texas at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 5, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)