It's Championship Sunday, when some conferences crown tournament winners and celebrate entry into the NCAA Tournament. In honor of the occasion, Jon Morse's National takes a look at two schools who jumped to Division I and took the long road to the Big Dance.
It's also Selection Sunday, and if you are inclined to watch it, Morse brings you all the information you could possibly want on Kansas State's post-season prospects.
Coach Brad Hill earned his 900th win yesterday as Kansas State beat Milwaukee 3-1 at Tointon Family Stadium. It was Hill's 399th victory as the Wildcats' coach, and with one more win, he will join Mike Clark (435) as the only coaches in school history with 400 wins.
The BatCats' winning effort was due largely to excellent pitching from Parker Rigler, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out eight batters before finally giving up a run. The eight strikeouts are the most by a Wildcat this season, and Rigler's one run, two hits and three walks are a season low for the team.
Kansas State also pitched well in relief with Jacob Ruder and Lucas Benenati allowing no hits the rest of the game.
Brooks Zimmerman had his first career home run, while Jake Scudder had a two-out RBI and is hitting .429 for the season.
The BatCats face Milwaukee in the rubber match today, with Levi MaVorhis getting the start. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.
Kansas State won a pair of individual national titles at the NCAA Indoor Championships yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama.
First, Akela Jones, doing what she does best, took first place in the high jump event. Her mark of 1.87m was not even her best of the weekend, but it was good enough to take home the NCAA Indoors title as well as earn her first team All-America honors in the event. Cementing Kansas State's status as High Jump U, Kimberly Williamson tied for third place in the event, and yesterday, Christoff Bryan managed a third place finish in the men's high jump.
In the shot put event, Dani Winters led the field all day long, and finally won the title on a monster throw of 17.97m which was not only her personal best mark, but also a new school record. The title is Winters' first ever national title, and earned her first-team All America honors.
A'Keyla Mitchell rounded out the day for Kansas State with an eighth place finish in the 200m sprint. Mitchell also earned first-team All America status with a time of 23.31, her third-best mark ever.
Up next, the track and field athletes head to San Antonio for the UTSA Invitational next weekend, the first leg of the 2016 outdoor season.