Kansas State Baseball Releases 2009 Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. Over 30 home games, including 13 against teams that advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, highlights a 56-game slate as the 2009 Kansas State baseball schedule was announced by head coach Brad Hill on Thursday.


Kansas State will play 31 home games, the most since 2006 when the Wildcats also hosted 31 contests. K-State will face 10 squads in 2009 that advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, repeating the trend from 2008 as the Wildcats faced 10 squads that made the 2007 tournament.


“This is a great schedule, one with a lot of solid home games,” said Hill, who is entering his sixth year at the helm of the program. “This schedule will challenge our young squad and prepare then for Big 12 Conference play.”


The 2009 season opens on Friday, Feb. 20, with a three-game series at Houston. The Cougars finished the 2008 slate with a 42-24 record and a trip to the 2008 Texas A&M regional as a No. 3 seed. The following week sees the Wildcats in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 26-March 1, as K-State faces Nevada, Pacific and San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Sunday’s finale pits the Wildcats against the University of San Diego another 2008 NCAA Regional participant at Cunningham Baseball Stadium on the USD campus.


Kansas State’s home slate opens up with a five-game stand beginning Tuesday, March 3, against Creighton, followed by a four-game series against Niagara, March 6-8. The home opener against Creighton on March 3 is the earliest the Cats have opened at home since a Feb. 28 contest against South Dakota State in 2006.


The Wildcats hit the road again the following week, March 10 and 11, as they travel to Surprise, Ariz., to take on Arizona State at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Kansas State defeated then-No. 3 Arizona State last season, 7-6, in Manhattan.


Following the two-game series in Surprise, K-State returns to Manhattan for its longest home stand of the season, as the Wildcats play 11 games over a span of 13 days. Kansas State hosts Butler for a four-game series, March 13-15, followed by two games against UTSA, March 17-18.


The home stand continues with the start of Big 12 Conference play as the Wildcats host Oklahoma, March 20-22, before two games against Northwestern, March 24-25. After the battle of the Wildcats, K-State hits the Big 12 road for the first time, traveling to Baylor, March 27-29.


April opens with four games in the state of Nebraska as the Wildcats travel to Omaha to face Creighton on the first of the month before traveling to Lincoln to face the Huskers, April 3-5.


Due to Easter weekend, Kansas State will hold its three-game conference series against Texas A&M beginning Thursday, April 9. Following the series against the Aggies, the Wildcats will face Wichita State in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 14, and travel to Wichita the following night to take on the Shockers at Eck Stadium.


K-State hosts Missouri, April 17-19, before a midweek break and then travels to Austin to take on Texas, April 24-26.


After their series against the Longhorns, the Wildcats will play seven games in a span of eight days as they host North Dakota, April 28-29, before a three-game series at Oklahoma State on the first three days of May. The Cats will then travel back to Manhattan to host BYU May 4-5.


The home slate wraps up with the Cats playing host to Texas Tech, May 8-10, and Kansas, on May 15 for the first game of the three game series. The final two games of the regular season are against the Jayhawks in Lawrence on May 16 and 17.


The 2009 Big 12 Championship will be conducted May 20-24 at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla.