Cats Stay Ranked Heading into Final Weekend

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following a series win over its in-state rival, Kansas State moved up one spot in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 as the Wildcats are tied for 23rd in the poll released on Monday.

The Cats, who collected their eighth-straight appearance in the rankings, earned 90 points to tie with Oregon for the No. 23 spot. K-State was ranked 24th last week and were No. 20 in the two polls prior.

The improvement in the rankings comes on the heels of an 8-5 Sunday win over Kansas to win the three-game series. Kansas State took Friday's game, 5-4, before the Jayhawks won in Manhattan, 7-3, on Saturday.

The Cats also checked in at No. 28 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 and were placed No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball.

The Wildcats conclude the regular season on the road at Texas A&M. The three-game series begins Friday night with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch at Olsen Field. Saturday's game will begin at 2:05 p.m., while the regular-season finale, which is set for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch, will be televised on Kansas 22.