K-State Begins Practice Friday

Nick Martini

Jan. 27, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Just three weeks from the start of the 2011 campaign, the Kansas State baseball team will conduct its first full-squad workout Friday in preparation for the 111th season in school history.

K-State will hold 15 practices over the next 21 days before its season-opening series at Pacific, Friday-Sunday, February 18-20, in Stockton, Calif.
 
The Wildcats return 18 letterwinners, including six starters and nine pitchers off the 2010 squad that finished third in the Big 12 and advanced to the program’s second-straight NCAA Regional.

Included in the 18 returnees are three all-conference players from 2010, headlined by Nick Martini, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and a second-team All-American. The junior outfielder is joined by fellow All-Big 12 performers in pitchers Evan Marshall (second team) and Kyle Hunter (honorable mention), while 2009 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection Jason King is back following a year off due to injury. The four players are part of a combined 16 upperclassmen on the roster, including senior left-handed pitcher Thomas Rooke and senior infielder/outfielder Kent Urban.

Brad Hill will begin his eighth year at the helm of the Cats and will do so with a reshuffled coaching staff. Following the resignation of one assistant and the shift of eighth-year coach Sean McCann to a reduced role, K-State hired John Szefc as associate head coach/hitting coach and Josh Reynolds as the squad’s pitching coach last week.

Season tickets for the 31-game home schedule remain on sale. The best value on tickets is in the reserved chairback area as tickets are just $100 when you purchase four or more.

Fans may purchase season and single game tickets by visiting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, by phone at (800) 221-CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

K-State opens its home slate on Friday, March 4, with a four-game series against Western Illinois.