The BatCats won! In the second game of the home opener series against Santa Clara, Kansas State used an avalanche of hits to bury their opponent 17-5 yesterday at Tointon Family Stadium.
Tyler Moore had a season-high five RBIs to match Ross Kivett's total from two years ago. Three other Wildcats were also in the multiple RBIs category with two each: Ethan Klosterboer, Danny Krause and Dominic Thornton. Ten players had at least one hit and Clayton Dalrymple had two hits for the third time this season.
Up next, the Wildcats will try for the sweep against Santa Clara, with RHP Corey Fischer getting the start.
Maybe Texas just wanted it more. Thanks to a stellar defensive effort by the Longhorns, Kansas State lost 62-49 and dropped down to the eighth seed in the Big 12 Tournament (Dallas Morning News).
For all that, the Wildcats actually played well enough to win the game (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal). They built a lead to open the game and held on to it for several minutes, working patiently and scoring in transition. But the Longhorns defense proved to be too much, especially with Wesley Iwundu getting into early foul trouble and with Nino Williams and Jevon Thomas not available.
Speaking of Thomas, Bruce Weber confirmed that he is no longer on the team, but apparently this was news to Thomas who tweeted that he had not heard of his dismissal until he saw the news on Twitter (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star). Thomas subsequently deleted the tweet, but this may be another sign of those "poor management" problems we've seen with Weber already.
The women's team had its own struggles, losing to Baylor 82-70 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Haley Texada had 25 points to tie her own career-high, and the Wildcats put on a great rally in the second half to cut the Bears' lead in half, but it was not enough.
The team is 18-13 on the season and will find out its postseason fate on Monday when the NCAA tournament field is announced.