Baseball Drops Series to No. 19 Texas Tech
"We just couldn't get the big hit today," said K-State head coach Brad Hill after the game. "We lacked that big hit. It was a huge momentum swing when we had the bases loaded (in the fifth inning). We just needed a hit there to get things going our way."
Though the Wildcats out-hit the Red Raiders, 10-9, K-State left 12 men on base, including a fifth inning where the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation.
Along with the frustration of not getting hits when needed, yesterday's windy and rainy weather presented its own challenges.
"It was tough to play in," said senior first baseman Shane Conlon after the game. "We came out here for batting practice and it was really nice out, then it kind of took a turn for the worse. It's definitely tougher to hit in, it's tough to see the ball, but we can't use that as an excuse. That's how baseball is, and you have to stay locked in."
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a midweek matchup against the 21st-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (29-13, 6-6 Big Ten) on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. The last time the two teams faced off was on April 7, when the Wildcats lost a close 5-4 game in 10 innings at home.
"Nebraska is always a big game for us," said Conlon. "It's going to be a fun environment up there for us to play in. Hopefully we can get back on track there and get rolling going into a big weekend series at Baylor."
Following the Wildcats' matchup against Nebraska, K-State will head to Waco, Texas, to take on the Baylor Bears (14-23, 4-9 Big 12), next Friday through Sunday.
"It gets tough," said Hill about the upcoming schedule. "We only have six home games left. We're going to have to find ourselves, pick ourselves up, go up to Lincoln, play some good baseball there and get some momentum heading in to Waco."
After their road trip, which also includes two games at Minnesota early next week, the Wildcats will return home to Tointon Family Stadium on Friday, May 1, for the first contest of a three-game series against Arkansas State.
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ROWING SNAGS THREE GOLDS AT SIRAS
K-State rowing saw its top three boats pick up gold medals at the 47th annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship Regatta. Held on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the five boats deployed by K-State - 1st Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, 3rd Varsity 8, 1st Varsity 4, 1st Novice 8 - dominated competition, logging second- and fourth-place finishes in addition to the team's three wins.
Head coach Patrick Sweeney was pleased with the overall effort shown over the weekend and said it bodes well for K-State as they head into the final portion of its season.
"All the boats raced extremely well this weekend," Sweeney said. "Based on the races, they handled the technical aspects of what we worked on the past couple weeks well and did what they were asked to do within each of their races.
"We've again tried something out and have seen the team as a whole improve. It should give them confidence going into the KU race that we're in a good place and building towards Big 12s. We're going to have to take things up a notch for that and we've taken the steps in the right direction to get to that point and need to continue to do so."
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TENNIS ENDS REGULAR SEASON
Kansas State women's tennis closed out its first regular season under the direction of head coach Danielle Steinberg on Sunday, as the Wildcats fell to Big 12 regular-season champions, No. 8 Baylor, 4-0, at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. K-State concluded the Big 12 regular season with six consecutive losses and an 8-16 (1-8 Big 12) record.
"Congrats to Baylor on winning the regular-season title," said Steinberg after the match. "They play tough in every position and definitely deserve the title. We are very pleased with the weekend and our main focus now is to recover and get ready for our first-round match on Thursday."
K-State will return to Waco, Texas, next week to compete in the 2015 Big 12 Championships beginning on Thursday.
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