Wildcat Weekend Continues Today
BASEBALL LOOKS TO TAKE SERIES VS. TEXAS TECH
After defeating No. 19 Texas Tech, 5-3, on Friday afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium, the Bat Cats were unable to overcome the Red Raiders on Saturday as they fell, 7-1. The Wildcats surrendered four runs in the first inning and three more in the third, and K-State could not overcome the deficit.
For the fourth-consecutive weekend, K-State (18-19, 5-9 Big 12) dropped the second game of a series after winning the opener as the Red Raiders (24-15, 8-6 Big 12) used four walks and six hits, including two home runs, to gain the early lead on the Wildcats. Texas Tech finished the game with five extra-base hits and 11 total safeties.
Red Raider starting pitcher Cameron Smith neutralized the K-State offense by throwing 8 1/3 shutout innings. The left-hander allowed just four hits, with half of them occurring in the first inning with two outs. Following Max Brown's bunt single in the first, Smith retired 11 straight Wildcats before a single by Dom Thornton, one of two hits by the freshman in his first career multi-hit game, snapped the stretch. Smith limited the Wildcats to one runner in scoring position after the first inning.
"(Smith) is one of the top pitchers in the league," said K-State head coach Brad Hill. "When you give him a four-run lead, he was relaxed and pumping strikes in there. He didn't need four runs... but they gave him plenty of confidence. It seemed like everything we hit was a ground ball, and we couldn't do much with it."
K-State and Texas Tech will meet in the rubber match of the series this afternoon at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have yet to announce their starting pitcher while the Red Raiders will send southpaw Sam Dusek to the mound.
For a full recap and box score on yesterday's matchup, please click here.
SAVATOVIC HEADLINES STELLAR FINAL DAY AT KU RELAYS
Sara Savatovic made K-State Track and Field history in the hammer throw, which headlined a loaded final day of action for the Wildcats at the 88th Kansas Relays in Lawrence. Competing against host KU, as well as Purdue and Colorado State, in quadrangular action, K-State racked up 10 first-place finishes, several personal best showings and a couple national records to boot.
Adding yet another accomplishment to what has already been a stellar Wildcat career, Savatovic, a junior from Crvenka, Serbia, set the school record in the hammer throw en route to a first-place finish on Friday evening. Her throw of 65.81m/215-11 on her sixth and final attempt of the evening made K-State history as she surpassed Wildcat great Loren Groves' career-best mark of 65.35m/214-05.
To continue reading about Savatovic and the Wildcats' successful weekend at the KU Relays, please click here.
EQUESTRIAN FALLS TO NO. 1 GEORGIA IN NCEA QUARTERFINALS
With a hard-fought comeback victory against No. 8-seed SMU on Thursday morning in the 2015 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) quarterfinals, the No. 9 K-State equestrian team looked to carry out that momentum into Friday, but fell to No. 1 seed Georgia in a 10-5 decision.
"I am proud of how the girls preformed today against a very tough Georgia team," said K-State head coach Casie Maxwell on Friday afternoon. "They rode well and with a lot of confidence. Multiple scores were very close, reflecting on how tough this meet was all day. When you step back and look at it, only four of our 13 riders have ever competed at the National Championship before. I think they preformed very well in high-pressure situations. They definitely ended their season on a high note."
The Wildcat equestrian team closed the 2014-15 season with a 9-9 record, marking the fourth-consecutive season the team has gone .500 or above in a season.
For more on the Wildcats' showing at the 2015 NCEA Championship, please click here.
GOLF ON THE ROAD
Both Wildcat golf teams are competing this weekend with the women's squad at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, and the men's team in the Hawkeye Intercollegiate in Iowa City, Iowa.
The women's team is currently in fourth place heading into Sunday's final round after carding a 25-over par 601 over the first 36 holes. K-State, which is in search of its fifth top-five finish this season, is paced by sophomore Madison Talley, who is in third place individually at even-par 144.
To follow final-round action of the Buckeye Invitational, please click here.
The men's golf team is tied for ninth place entering the final round of the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. K-State was paced in the first two rounds by Matt Green, who is tied for 33rd at 4-over par 148.
Please click here to follow final-round results of the Hawkeye Intercollegiate.
TENNIS UPSET BID FALLS SHORT AT NO. 31 TEXAS
Kansas State women's tennis played through a weather delay and a change of venue on Friday at No. 31 Texas and almost overcame both to upset the Longhorns. The home-standing Longhorns held off the Wildcats, 4-2, to send K-State to its fifth straight Big 12 loss.
"I really liked how we came out in singles, winning the first set on five of the courts and playing aggressive," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "We have to do a better job at coming out that way in doubles as well, and do it consistently on all three courts. Again, we see the improvements every match we play and once we are able to be more consistent on all courts, we know things will come together and translate to not only more individual wins but also team wins."
Coming up next for the Wildcats is a trip to No. 7 Baylor where K-State will wrap up its regular season schedule today at 1 p.m. in Waco, Texas.
To check out more about Friday's competition, please click here.