Baseball Begins Fall Practice

MANHATTAN, Kan. Coming off its first postseason appearance since 2002, the Kansas State baseball team began its fifth season under head coach Brad Hill Wednesday as fall practices started in preparation for a 2008 season filled with high expectations.

The Cats will hold 32 practices over the next six weeks, culminating with the fall World Series, which runs Sunday, October 28 through Friday, November 2.

K-State is coming off one of the best seasons in recent history as it came one win shy of tying the single-season mark in school history, going 34-24 overall and 10-16 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats advanced to the Big 12 Tournament for just the second time since the inception of the conference.

Kansas State returns eight position starters three outfielders, three infielders and its catcher and designated hitter and three pitchers in Chase Bayuk, Brad Hutt and Trevor Hurley, who started a majority of the Big 12 Conference games. Also, the Wildcats return All-American closer Daniel Edwards, who tied the single-season saves record with 11 in 2007.

Head coach Brad Hill is entering his fifth year guiding the Wildcats and holds a record of 120-99-2 in Manhattan and 539-190-2 overall. Pitching coach Sean McCann also returns for his fifth year in Manhattan, while K-State welcomes new hitting coach Lane Burroughs.