Bat Cats Happy to be Home

"We have to treat this like a conference weekend - we can't take anything lightly," said head coach Brad Hill. "Arkansas State is competitive; they have a series win over Louisville (earlier this year). They're going to be a very aggressive bunch, so I think it's going to be a good challenge for us. It's at home, so we're looking at the chance to get some momentum going and maybe get over that .500 mark."
The Bat Cats enter tonight's game coming off a two-game midweek series split with Minnesota in Minneapolis. Though shut out, 5-0, on Tuesday evening, the Wildcats responded well on Wednesday as the team turned around and blanked the Gophers, 9-0.
"In the fashion we did, to get one hit the night before then to come out and shut them out the next day, that was kind of ironic in itself," said Hill about the Minnesota series. "The guys did a nice job rebounding."
But the trip itself leading up to the Minnesota series was one of a kind. Describing it as "bizarre," Hill said that he and the team are glad to be home after a tiresome week of travel.
 
It all started in Waco, Texas, where, after K-State won its first series in program history on Baylor's home turf, the Wildcats faced bad weather and a flight cancelation at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The team wound up spending Sunday night in "Hotel DFW" before catching an early-morning bus to Kansas City where, on Monday afternoon, they boarded a flight to Minnesota. Meanwhile, the team's luggage and equipment took roundabout trips before eventually arriving in Minneapolis, either with the team or meeting it there on a separate flight.
"It was pretty bizarre," laughed Hill when asked about the crazy travel. "We have had probably three or four crazy trips that come to mind, but that one takes the cake. It was hard on the kids. There's no question that it was rough, and we played like it on Tuesday, to be honest."
Though the trip was a crazy with unexpected change of plans, Max Brown said he and his teammates made the most of it. 
"We were in the airport expecting to come home on Sunday night, but it was crazy thunder storming out there," the senior said. "We were on the plane getting ready to go, and I, honestly, really didn't want to go because the weather was so bad. They canceled the flight and then we were on the bus for 10 hours. Then, we had to get back on a plane. It was rough but it definitely brought us closer together." 
Closer than ever and ready to get back on the field, the Wildcat baseball team will look to stay strong as the 2015 season enters its final stretch. 
"These guys are great, they have an awesome work ethic, an awesome mindset, and we're just going to keep grinding forward and great things can happen to us," concluded Brown.
Following tonight's game, K-State and Arkansas State will return to the field at 2 p.m., tomorrow afternoon and again at 1 p.m., on Sunday. 
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CHADICK EARNS BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Hitting over .400 in his first four career starts and helping K-State win its first-ever series at Baylor, freshman Sam Chadick was named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week for the period ending April 26, the conference office announced. Chadick shared the honor with KU pitcher Ben Krauth.
"Right now, he's kind of just living the dream because he has about 20 at-bats and most of the time has been pretty successful," said Hill about the Wildcat freshman. "Every day he's gone out and got better, and finally we realized he deserves a chance. You watch his batting practice and, a lot of kids, when they're not out there playing they can go backwards on you, but he's stayed the course, continued to improve. He made the most of (the opportunity)."
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