K-State Sports Extra | Top Moments April 2015

10. Chadick Earns Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week
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.
A product of Blue Valley Northwest (KS) High School, Chadick hit .438 (7-for-16) with five RBIs, a walk and a run scored over the four-game stretch. The outfielder had a two-hit effort in each of the three contests in the Baylor series, including a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI in the middle game of the set in which K-State won, 5-3. In the series-clinching victory on Sunday, Chadick drove in the game-tying run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth before driving in an insurance run in the ninth with a bunt single to help the Wildcats win, 6-3.
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9. Wolfe earns Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
In five consecutive games earlier this month - including the Wildcats' series win over No. 3 TCU - Tyler Wolfe shined. From April 7-12, Wolfe batted .333 (7-for-21) and led the Big 12 with seven RBIs. For his stellar performance, the junior transfer from Des Moines Area Community College earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
"It's very tough to get it, but my team has set me up every time," said Wolfe about the weekly award. "I felt like every time I went up to bat last week, I had guys in the scoring position. That makes my job pretty easy."
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8. Women's Basketball announces series with UConn
Kansas State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced on April 21, a home-and-home series with 2015 NCAA National Champion Connecticut. The Wildcats will face the Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut, on Monday, November 23, in the 2015-16 season and will host Connecticut at a date to be determined in the 2016-17 season.
"I wanted three things out of scheduling UConn: a marquee opponent for our fans, a tremendous challenge for our team, and a unique women's basketball event for our 'Team Hally' game and girls basketball players across this region," Mittie said.
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7. Baseball wins series at Baylor
The K-State baseball team erased a 3-1 deficit with five unanswered runs after the seventh inning to earn its first series win at Baylor in program history by defeating the Bears, 6-3, in set's finale on April 26 at Baylor Ballpark.
The Wildcats (20-23, 7-11 Big 12), who also picked up their first Big 12 road series win since 2013, scored their final five runs over their last two at-bats by taking advantage of two Baylor errors along with two hit by pitches, three walks and four hits.
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6. Brown earns Big 12 Player of the Week
Wildcat senior outfielder Max Brown earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 12, after leading the Wildcats in their series victory over No. 3 TCU and a road win at Omaha. 
Brown led the Wildcats that week by hitting a team-best .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, two triples and six RBI in the Cats' five games that week. 
Tied for the Big 12 lead in hits for the week, the senior outfielder hit safely in all five contests, including three straight multi-hit efforts from April 8-11. After matching his season-high in hits on April 8, at Omaha by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, Brown tallied a career-high four RBI, while going 2-for-4, in K-State's 14-4 win over TCU in the series opener. The four RBI were the most by a Wildcat in a Big 12 game since April 6, 2013 (Shane Conlon and Jon Davis, 4, vs. Texas Tech). He also added two RBIs with a two-out triple in the series-clinching victory on April 12, as he had a team-best six RBIs and hit .417 throughout the set - against a pitching staff that entered the weekend with a 1.73 ERA and .207 batting average against in Big 12-only games.
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5. Rowing Comes up Big at SIRAs
The K-State women's rowing squad saw its top-three boats pick up gold medals at the 47th annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship Regatta, April 18-19. 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 fourth- and second-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 toward Big 12s. We're going to have to take things up a notch for that. 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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4. Wildcat Legends Return for Spring Game
K-State football greats Larry Brown (1967-68) and Clarence Scott (1968-1970) served as honorary captains on April 25, at K-State's Purple/White Spring Game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
"Let me tell you, I'm ecstatic. I'm so glad to be here," said Brown with a smile. "I haven't been out here since 1969, and the enormous changes that have taken place here are for the good. I'm enjoying it."
Brown, a fullback from 1967-68, served mainly as a blocking back his first season before gaining more carries as a senior. In addition, he was part of the team that played the first game at then-KSU Stadium on Sept. 21, 1968, a 17-7 win over Colorado State. He later went on to play eight seasons for the Washington Redskins, leading the NFL in rushing in 1970 and being named NFL MVP in 1972.
A defensive back from 1968-70, Scott also played in the first game at the home of now-Bill Snyder Family Stadium. As a senior in 1970, he earned First Team All-America honors from Sporting News and Look Magazine in addition to being a First Team All-Big Eight honoree. Drafted 14th overall in the 1971 NFL Draft by Cleveland, Scott played 13 seasons in the NFL and helped the Browns earn four playoff appearances, while he was a 1973 Pro Bowler. He also is a member of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.
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3. Savatovic Breaks Wildcat Record at KU Relays
Wildcat sophomore thrower Sara Savatovic made K-State track and field history in the hammer throw on April 17, and headlined the Wildcats' exciting showing at the 88th Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas. 
The junior from Crvenka, Serbia, set the school record in the hammer throw en route to a first-place finish over fellow All-American Daina Levy. Hitting 66.40m/217-10 on her sixth and final attempt of the evening, Savatovic just squeezed past Levy, who finished with a mark of 65.81m/215-11.
A historic performance, Savatovic's mark vaulted her to No. 1 in K-State track and field history, surpassing Wildcat great Loren Groves and her career-best mark of 65.35m/214-05 in the process. For Savatovic, her winning effort bested her previous PR of 65.19m/213-10, and added to what had already been a Serbian National Record. 
Overall at the Kansas Relays, the Wildcats racked up 10 first-place finishes, several personal best showings and a few national records as well. To continue reading about the successful weekend, please click here
2. Mitchell Breaks 100m Record in Berkeley 
A'Keyla Mitchell recorded yet another record-setting performance, this time in the 100-meter dash to headline a dominant showing by K-State track and field at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge in Berkeley, California, on April 25. 
Continuing a stellar freshman campaign, it marked Mitchell's fourth record-setting performance of the year. Already with the 60-meter, 200-meter and 4x400 indoor records, Mitchell clocked 11.40 to easily best a field of five in the 100-meter dash. The race marked Mitchell's first 100m competed in this outdoor season, as she broke a 20-plus year K-State record on the track - Latricia Joyner set the previous record of 11.51 in 1991.
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1. Baseball wins series vs. No. 3 TCU
On April 12, the Wildcat baseball team defeated the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs, 6-2, in the series finale at Tointon Family Stadium. After besting TCU, 14-4, on Friday evening and falling, 9-0, in the Saturday game, the Wildcats overcame the odds to upset one of the nation's top teams and steal the series.
The win snapped a stretch of seven-straight losses in conference play for the Bat Cats and was the first Big 12 series win for K-State in over a year. The series triumph was also the Wildcats' first against a nationally ranked top-five team since 2009 when they beat No. 2 Texas in Austin, 2-0-1, from April 24-26.  
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