Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 16

And now, let's get to some additional updates from around the department.Baseball in Lawrence for Big Series with Postseason ImplicationsA big Sunflower Showdown series in baseball got underway last night in Lawrence as the Cats got another great performance from pitcher Nate Griep, while the offense backed him with 11 runs en route to a dominating 11-0 series-opening shutout win.  Be sure and head east to Hoglund Ballpark if you are in the area as the Cats continue to battle for postseason play and positioning in the Big 12 standings as one more win will secure a spot in next week's Big 12 Championships.  Today's game gets underway at 2 p.m., while Sunday's finale also starts at 2 p.m.  Both games can also be seen on Cox Kansas in addition to ESPN3.One Former, One Current Wildcat Golfer Making HeadlinesCurrent men's golfer Matt Green got off to a terrific start at Thursday's NCAA San Diego Regional by shooting a 73 which tied him for 13th place after round one.  Following second-round action, Matt heads into today's final round tied for 28th place.  Also, former Wildcat Robert Streb was back making birdies on the PGA Tour as he fired a 7-under 65 on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, to lead all players.  Robert followed that up with a 69 yesterday and currently is in a tie for first place with Webb Simpson heading into "moving day" on Saturday.  Be sure and follow both Matt and Robert throughout the weekend as they look to build off of their early-round successes.Track and Rowing Teams Competing at Conference ChampionshipsBoth our track and field and rowing teams are on the road this weekend competing at their respective Big 12 Championships.  Coach Sweeney's rowing team will begin racing at 2 p.m. today in Tennessee, so be sure and follow k-statesports.com and our @kstate_gameday and @kstatesports twitter accounts for up-to-the-minute updates.  Meanwhile, Coach Rovelto and both of our track and field teams are in Ames, Iowa, with competition kicking off yesterday and going through Sunday.  In addition to Sara Savatovic's third straight Big 12 hammer throw title, numerous other top performances propelled the women's team to 25 points and a tie for first place after day one.  The men's squad scored 17 points and currently sit in fourth place.  You can watch the remainder of the Big 12 Track and Field Championships by clicking here in addition to following our social media channels.More Academic Honors Roll InOur track and field, rowing and baseball programs were recently recognized with Academic All-Big 12 honors, highlighted by a Big 12-leading 32 recognitions from Coach Sweeney's squad.  Add 15 for track and field and also seven from baseball and a total of 125 of our student-athletes were honored with Academic All-Big 12 recognition in 2014-15.  Congratulations to all of our teams!Jordy Nelson to Host Annual Charity EventA year after more than 8,000 fans turned out for Jordy and Emily Nelson's inaugural charity softball event, the former Wildcat standout will host this year's event at Wisconsin's Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday, June 14, as the offense and defense of the Packers will square off against one another.  The Nelson family continues to be tremendous ambassadors of K-State and invests countless time and effort to various causes within the Green Bay and Kansas communities.  Click here for more information on Jordy's event.Catbacker Tour, Western Kansas Here We ComeOne of the nation's best and most comprehensive fan appreciation tours gets underway Monday as K-State Athletics' and the K-State Alumni Association's annual Catbacker tour heads to Dodge City for our first big event.  Click here for a full schedule, which includes consecutive stops in Dodge City, Garden City, Scott City, Colby and Hays over five days beginning Monday and appearances from Coaches Snyder (Dodge City/Scott City), Weber (Garden City/Scott City), Mittie (Scott City) and Dibbini (Dodge City/Garden City) as well as numerous assistant coaches.There is much more to write about, but It's time for me to get in position to simultaneously watch the Bat Cats at KU, Robert Streb in the Wells Fargo Classic on my screen and monitor rowing, track and Matt Green on Twitter and the internet.  Best of luck to all competing, congratulations to all new K-State graduates this weekend and we'll see you out on the road next week.Go Cats!John