K-State Baseball Celebrates Senior Class

"Oklahoma is really good...they probably have one of the most balanced teams in the league," explained Hill about the Sooners. "They're very, very talented, and then (next weekend) we go on the road to KU. That's six very, very tough games for us to finish with, but then again, we've already played 18 tough (Big 12) games. So this is no different than anyone else we've played in the league."
As the 2015 season continues to wind down, this year's Wildcat baseball senior class - first baseman Shane Conlon, outfielder Max Brown, infielder Carter Yagi and pitcher Mark Biesma - will enjoy their final time playing on their home turf. Before tomorrow afternoon's game, K-State will celebrate the careers of these four seniors with a special recognition prior to first pitch. 
"It's obviously going to be emotional. It's weird when your career is coming to an end, so it's a bittersweet feeling," said Yagi. "But I'm excited for it. We should have good fan support, and my family is going to be here; it's going to be a good day."
Yagi, a Salt Lake City, Utah, native, came to K-State before the 2014 season after spending two years at the College of Southern Idaho. In his two years with the Wildcats, he has played in a total of 91 games with 78 starts and is hitting .245. Yagi will graduate from K-State this August with a degree in social sciences. 
"K-State has been an awesome experience," said Yagi yesterday evening after K-State's practice. "From the fan support, to the coaching staff, to coming out and playing with your brothers every day, it's been awesome. It's made me a better person and a better ballplayer."
Also graduating in August with a degree in social sciences, Brown transferred to K-State before the 2014 season as well. Originally hailing from North Bend, Washington, Brown came to K-State after spending two seasons playing for Bellevue Community College. Quick to make an impact on the field for K-State, Brown batted .330 in his 43 games played as a junior. In 2015, Brown has played in every contest with 46 starts. Hitting .301 with 21 RBIs in his last 33 games, Brown is ready to finish out his Wildcat career on a high note. 
"It's kind of bittersweet, it's sad to think that it's almost over," said Brown. "This whole year just flew by so fast. (Senior day) is going to be fun. My dad is coming up for the weekend, so there will definitely be a lot of emotions, happy and sad."
His first and last season with the Cats, Biesma, a right-handed pitcher, transferred to K-State from Washburn last fall and has made 10 appearances. Making the transition wasn't an easy one, but it's a transition he is happy he made. Studying architectural engineering and finishing the physics degree he began at Washburn, Biesma said he will be spending the next two years at K-State before graduating with the two degrees in 2017. 
"It's going to be weird," said Biesma about the Wildcats' final home series. "It'll probably be an emotional day. Baseball has taught me so many things - it's a big part of my life - so it's going to be weird leaving that behind."
Last but certainly not least, Conlon will play in the stadium he has called home for five years for the final time this weekend. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Conlon came to K-State in 2011 and, despite facing injury and adversity, has been a key component in the program's success over the past five seasons. 
A 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection, Conlon helped the Bat Cats capture the program's first conference championship since 1933. A team leader, Conlon leads the team in hits (50) and is tied for the lead in extra-base hits (16). He's batted .406 (13-for-32) with three doubles, four RBIs and five walks over the last nine games. With his most recent base hit - a single in the top of the ninth against Wichita State - he became just the 18th player in school history to record 200 career hits. 
"Could be a little bit of a roller coaster, for sure," said Conlon on his Wildcat career. "It's had its up and downs, with injuries and great times here. Looking back on it, obviously, winning the Big 12 and that kind of stuff really jumps out to me. But I've been a part of a lot of great teams, and each year brings a different group of guys and I've bonded differently with them. Each experience was different, but I enjoyed each team that I played on."
 
Though each is different, each senior in this year's class brings something unique to the field for the Wildcats, and each will be missed. 
"The seniors are always my focal point every year, and, starting with Shane, he's very important to us. He's a guy that's been a great leader for us. It's going to be really hard next year to not write his name in the lineup and to not see him around," said Hill. "Then Carter and Max, they've been good guys, they've been good with the leadership. This year I thought they really stepped up their leadership production. Mark, it wasn't easy for him coming over from Washburn, being a senior and only getting one season here. That's never an easy situation, but he's come over, blended and found a way and do well too."
Following this evening's game, the Wildcats and Sooners are set to continue the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the finale slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday. 
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TALLEY STARTS OFF STRONG AT NCAA REGIONAL
Kansas State women's golfer Madison Talley carded an even-par 72 on Thursday and sits in a tie for 33rd place following the first round of the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional at the par-72, 6,350-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
"We are proud of her," head coach Kristi Knight. "She played a lot of good golf. She had a couple shots get ways late in the round, but there is a lot of golf to play and she is playing well. We are looking forward to tomorrow."
Talley enters the second round three shots out of the top 10 and five behind the leaders. She was 2-under par through 16 holes but bogeyed the final two holes to go back to even par. Talley's even-par performance is the eighth time this season she has broken even in a round.
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