It is by no means a slow Monday here at Bring on the Cats World Headquarters and Cross-Country Ski Resort. It was, however, a slow weekend here on the website -- at least as far as you folks are concerned. We're very much used to traffic tailing off over the weekend when it's not football season, but things have gotten so quiet we're forced to ask: where the heck are you guys? And perhaps more importantly, what the heck are you all supposed to be doing during business hours Monday through Friday?
Yesterday, the inestimable Curtis Kitchen checked in on the return of Marcus Foster -- and how his absence directly affected his teammates.
Wesley Iwundu put the hammer down defensively on Buddy Hield Saturday, and that was a huge part of the Wildcat escape, says the Capital-Journal's Ken Corbitt.
NBC's Scott Phillips, sourcing a note from the Wichita Eagle, says Brandon Bolden is probably done for the year with a broken wrist.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News identifies five key Big 12 players for the final stretch run of the season. One of them: Marcus Foster.
David Ubben: unmoved by the Wildcat win Saturday, and the only change in this week's power rankings actually involving Oklahoma moving up a spot at Baylor's expense.
Report from the C-J's John Zetmier: yesterday, the ladies struggled against Texas Tech. Charged by Haley Texada's nine points in the final 3:10, the Cats fought back from a 13-point deficit to force overtime, but ran out of gas in the extra five minutes. Breanna Lewis had 19 points and 10 rebounds to record her second double-double of the week. The ladies visit Texas on Wednesday.
After starting the 2015 campaign 2-0, the BatCats went silent for 17 straight innings. Yesterday in Port Charlotte, K-State took a 1-1 tie into the ninth inning, only to fall apart and give up six runs. The Wildcats rallied in the bottom half, plating three runs and loading the bases, but potential winning run Tyler Moore popped out to end the comeback.
Starter Corey Fischer had a fine outing, lasting 5 2/3, striking out six, and only giving up a single unearned run. Brandon Erickson, who just the day before had struck out four of the five batters he faced without allowing a baserunner, saw the other side of the mirror; Erickson faced seven hitters yesterday, only retiring two and giving up four runs, aided by his own throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Such is the life of a reliever.
With one series in the books, Steve Serratore leads all regular Wildcat hitters with a .364 average and a .533 OBP. Unfortunately, the team only has three hitters batting over .300 (Max Brown and Tyler Wolfe being the others), and has combined for precisely two extra base hits, both doubles. On the other hand, pitching is working pretty well. The staff sports a 2.50 era, including three three pitchers who've notched at least five innings without allowing an earned run -- Levi MaVorhis, Fischer, and reliever Colton Kalmus. Even considering unearned runs, the Wildcats are only allowing 4 runs a contest and are striking out 8.75 batters per nine innings. Yes, that's good.
The BatCats fall to 2-2 on the young season, and they'll hit the road again on Thursday for another four-game weekend swing, this time at the Big 12-Pac 12 Showdown in Arizona.
Jerry DiPaolo of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on a proposal, spearheaded by West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey, to move college baseball to the summer.
It's always fun when we get to point you to foreign newspapers. We've visited this one before, too: Leighton Levy of the Kingston (Jamaica) Gleaner reports on Christoff Bryan setting the Jamaican national junior high jump record Saturday in Fayetteville. Without connecting the dots and directly saying so, Levy still makes it obvious that the Big 12 Indoor Championships in two weeks are going to be a huge showdown between Bryan and Texas Tech's Jacorian Duffield, who are part of the three-way tie atop the NCAA 2015 high jump leaderboard.