K-State Slate: 2.21.14

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There is no joy in Manhattan; the mighty BatCats have struck out.

It's a slow news cycle for a Friday.

Baseball

K-State hit into five double plays to lose 5-2 to Portland in the Gael Invitational. To put things in perspective, this is K-State first 0-5 start since 1973. That team went 20-25 and finished fourth in the conference.

The Collegian documents K-State's struggling bats.

The BatCats will take on host Saint Mary's next in the Invitational (today, 4 PM CT). This is the first meeting for both teams.

Men's Basketball

More on the win over TCU, with a focus on the upperclassmen's effort. (Capital-Journal; video highlights).

The Star features vintage photos of Big 8 basketball in a feature about some guy who played at KU.

Women's Basketball

The Cats return to Bramlage to take on 13th-ranked West Virginia on Saturday. Leti Romero is now the first K-State freshman to score 300 points with 100 rebounds and 100 assists.

Six K-State players are on Academic All-Big 12 teams. K-State leads the conference with 105 Academic All-Big 12 mentions in total.

Track and Field

Manhattan is host to the K-State Open this weekend, which will be K-State's final indoor home meet. Five K-State athletes hope to finish inside the Top 16 to qualify for the NCAA championships in their event.

Former Wildcat Erik Kynard topped the field at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix in Birmingham (UK) last weekend. He tied a personal best mark of 2.34m.

Miscellany

A researcher at K-State is studying tularemia, a feline disorder that could impact humans, and could be a bioterrorism tool. Primed for NBAF?

John Currie writes to Wildcat Nation.

For anyone who missed it yesterday, here's a a plea to have the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame honor the 1958-1959 K-State basketball squad, possibly the greatest team in K-State history.

And a final (sobering) thought for Friday. Canada and USA play a hockey match today. The winner advances to the final. The loser gets Justin Bieber.

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