K-State Moves into Top 10

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State reached another milestone on Monday, earning its first-ever top-10 appearance as Baseball America ranked the Wildcats No. 10 in its top-25 poll released on Monday.


The Wildcats, who made their first-ever appearance in Baseball America’s Top 25 three weeks ago at a school-best No. 21, moved up five spots in last week’s poll before climbing into the top 10 this week.


K-State also moved up in the other four national polls, including a seven-spot jump in Collegiate Baseball. The Cats entered Collegiate Baseball’s top-30 a week ago at No. 24, and moved up to No. 17 this week. The USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Top 25 and Rivals.com Top 25 each had the Wildcats up three spots from last week, checking in at No. 18.


The Wildcats jumped two spots in the NCBWA Top 30, sitting at No. 21 this week.


Kansas State advanced in each poll after going 4-0 last week against North Dakota and Oklahoma State. The Cats swept their two-game home series against the Fighting Sioux by a combined total of 32-3. The Cats then traveled to Stillwater, Okla., and swept a weather-shortened two-game series by scores of 5-3 and 3-2 in a Friday doubleheader. The second game of the series was suspended on Friday in the top of the seventh inning, with K-State holding a one-run lead.


The two teams attempted to finish that game and conclude the series on both Saturday and Sunday, but unplayable conditions gave K-State the second game, marking the first-ever series sweep at Oklahoma State.


Kansas State concludes its non-conference schedule tonight and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, against BYU. First pitch both nights is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.