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K-State Slate: 2.13.15 - The BatCats are back!

It's Friday the 13th, and other stuff.

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Kansas State has its second commit of 2016, and KSUEMAW! has the scoop on three-star tight end Nick Lenners: Starting Out Strong.

Kansas State baseball begins its 2015 campaign today in Port Charlotte, Florida at the 2015 Snowbird Classic (Timothy Everson, K-State Collegian). The team will face Iowa in the season opener, and Nick Griep (3-7; 4.66 ERA), and on Saturday, the Wildcats take on Pittsburgh and George Mason in a doubleheader. Levi MaVorhis (6-7; 3.95 ERA) will start the first game, and senior transfer Mark Biesma hits the mound in the second game.

With 22 new players on this squad, Brad Hill was naturally concerned about team chemistry, but the team has taken that in stride and built close bonds that should help them through the season (Kelly McHugh, K-State SportsExtra).

Nigel Johnson was prepared for the game against West Virginia, but the heckling took him by surprise. In his third start of the year, Johnson scored 14 points and had five rebounds and five steals, but for some reason, the Mountaineers fans stayed on him. One said he looked like a possum, which has to be one of the stranger insults hurled at a college athlete. Johnson took it all in stride and laughed it off. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)

The team is trying to put the loss to West Virginia behind them as they prepare for Oklahoma. It was just four weeks ago that an unexpected win over the Sooners helped recharge the Wildcats and propelled the team briefly to the top of the Big 12. On the other hand, it's been a long month, and Oklahoma present a stiff threat for the Wildcats. However, the possible return of Marcus Foster might help matters on court. (Emilio Rivera, Collegian)

The angst over player suspensions is high among the purple faithful right now, so it's just the right time for a reminder than some players put the student in student-athlete. Brian Rohleder is one such player, and he is literally doing it all at Kansas State. (Everson, Collegian)

Is Kansas' dominance in Big 12 basketball good for the conference? (Rivera, Collegian)

The women are looking for a season sweep of Texas Tech, when the Red Raiders come to Bramlage this weekend. A victory would keep the Wildcats' postseason hopes alive in the logjam of teams behind Baylor in the conference. (Andrew Hammond, K-State Collegian). Breanna Lewis and Ashia Woods are expected to headline for Kansas State, while Texas Tech is led by Amber Battle, who scored 19 points in the last game against the Wildcats.

The tennis team prepares for a weekend doubleheader against UMKC and Emporia State in Manhattan. The Wildcats will put their fate in the hands of sophomores Livia Cirnu and Iva Bago. Cirnu is riding a hot streak and has won six of her last nine matches, while Bago is 11-8 on the season. (Stephen Brunson, Collegian)

The track and field squad will finish up the indoor season in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the two-day Tyson Invitational event today and tomorrow. Competition will be stiff, as the Wildcats are among 21 other teams with at least one squad ranked in the Top 25.