The euphoria of victory did not last that long as Kansas State was shut out by TCU 9-0. Limited to just four hits by TCU ace Preston Morrison, the BatCats could not get the hits going between the fifth and eighth innings when the Horned Frogs scored most of their runs. Brandon Courville started the game and allowed only one run over the first four innings, but could not stretch past the fifth inning. Relievers Corey Fischer and Jordan Floyd played well, but Brandon Erickson gave up six runs off five hits and two walks to help TCU build a huge lead. Max Brown was the only Kansas State player to tally multiple hits on a night when TCU had 15, including two players with three hits each.
The rubber match to decide the series will be played today at noon. Kansas State has not announced a starting pitcher.
With the spring game less than a fortnight away, gridiron news is finally starting to trickle in. For Kansas State's season, the two most pressing questions are about the quarterback and the leadership vacuum created by the departure of a stalwart group of seniors. Anchoring the offensive line, Cody Whitehair offers the most experience, having started 38 games. He'll be responsible for helping Kansas State's quarterback settle down and find a rhythm. (John Zetmeir, Topeka Capital-Journal)
Speaking of quarterbacks, here's yet another story on Joe Hubener and a possible quarterback battle heading into the spring game. (Tyler Waddell, Today's U)
On the other side of the ball, the team is looking to the secondary to bring the leadership. Dante Barnett predicts domination, at least at the spring game. (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star)
Unlike the baseball team, the women's golf team welcomed its reversal of fortune. Shooting the second-lowest score (47-over par 911; 54 holes) of any team at the SMU Invitational this weekend, the Wildcats moved up four spots to finish in seventh place. Tallying 11 birdies on the day, Kansas State finished ahead of nationally ranked conferences mates Iowa State (9th) and TCU (11th) as well as in-state rival Kansas (8th). Senior Olivia Eliasson led the Wildcats with a 1-under par 71 in the final round and moved up 18 spots to finish 29th on the leaderboard, tied with teammate Madison Talley.
Next, the team will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Lady Buckeyes Spring Invitational.
The track team put together a well-rounded effort at the Sun Angel Track Classic. Several Wildcats performed well in their outdoor season debuts, including Kim Williamson and Alyx Treasure, who took first and second in the high jump, along with Nate Gipson who finished third in the same event on the men's side.
Kain Ellis won the 800m men's event with a personal best time of 1:50.05, and on the women's side, All-American Sonia Gaskin finished 4th.
Spring training for the volleyball team is well underway. The team wrapped up the K-State Spring Invitational in Kansas City by winning eight of 10 total sets and won in straight sets over Wichita State, Drake and Rockhurst while splitting matches 1-1 with Creighton and Missouri State. Rising junior Brooke Sassin led the team in kills, registering 11 against Wichita State and nine each against Creighton and Missouri State.
Spring scrimmages continue next week as the Wildcats take on Minnesota in Indianola, Indiana.