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Is this the end of the road for Weber?

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Baseball

The BatCats continued their winning ways yesterday against Liberty in South Carolina yesterday, beating the Flames 8-2. The win was keyed by a huge grand slam in the sixth inning from senior Steve Serratore. It was the first grand slam for Kansas State since 2013.

Liberty took an early 2-1 lead into the sixth inning and Serratore’s grand slam. After that, starter Justin Heskett and the Wildcats’ bullpen held Liberty scoreless through the rest of the game.

Five Wildcat hitters recorded multiple hits, including Cameron Thompson who went 2-for-5. He currently leads the team with four multi-hit games this season.

Currently, the BatCats are leading Liberty 4-2 at the top of the eighth inning.

Men’s Basketball

So that happened. Given a chance to make an emphatic point, to keep hopes for the NCAA Tournament alive, Kansas State first faltered and then fell apart against Oklahoma, the conference’s last-place team.

Jon Morse puts it better than I could: K-State faceplants at OU, 81-51.

Make no mistake: this was a crushing defeat. The details are largely irrelevant here. Against a beatable opponent, the Wildcats played uncharacteristically flat, almost lifeless, and shot just 25% from the field. That’s the sixth lowest shooting percentage for Kansas State. Ever.

What is far more relevant however is the reaction of the team’s head coach. Say this for Bruce Weber: he appears immune to criticism, even of the variety and frequency he’s now getting, as Kellis Robinett notes in this Wichita Eagle video interview. But the ability to pump sunshine in the face of darkness isn’t as valuable as it once was, and Weber’s seat has to be at maximum heat right now.

We have no idea how the players feel at this point, because they didn’t speak to the press after the game.

A year ago, I was more inclined to give Weber the benefit of the doubt, to believe he needed another season with a healthier team to make his case. Now he’s had that, and we are no further along than we were a year ago.

So what happens now? What should happen now? Who’s up next?

Women’s Basketball

The women’s team also had to contend with cold shooting yesterday, but in a reversal of fortune, Kansas State actually won their game against Kansas 61-54 in Lawrence for a Sunflower Showdown sweep.

This was the Wildcats’ third road win this month, the most in February since the 2003-04 season. It’s also the first season Kansas State has won at least 11 games in conference play since 2007-08, and the seventh straight win over Kansas.

Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann combined for 33 points in the game, with Lewis getting her seventh double-double of the season (21 points, 11 rebounds). Wesemann had 12 points, almost all in the fourth quarter.

There’s only one game left on the regular season schedule. The Wildcats will host #6 Texas on Monday.

Track and Field

We are High Jump U!

Christoff Bryan took the Big 12 high jump title with a leap of 2.24m at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames. This is the 13th high jump title in school history and Bryan is one of only two Wildcats to win multiple Big 12 indoor titles in the event. The other is some guy named Erik Kynard. Bryan’s mark of 2.24m is also second-best in the nation currently and puts him in good standing for the national championships later in the year.

In addition, the women also dominated the high jump. Kim Williamson, reigning outdoor national champion, finished second in the event with a jump of 1.82m. Teammates Nina Schultz, Rhizlane Siba, Shanae McKenzie and Morgan Coffman finished third, fourth, sixth and ninth in the event.

Shardia Lawrence finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 13.39m. Teammate Konstantina Romaiou also finished in scoring position with a personal best leap of 12.70m, good for fifth place.

In the shot put, Brett Neely finished second with a throw of 17.89 m, while Jayce Brack threw for 16.51m and finished fifth.

Overall, the women’s team, currently ranked #12, finished in sixth place as did the men’s team. Texas and Baylor took the team titles in the men’s and women’s competitions respectively.