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BatCats on the upswing

Kansas State has now won 11 of the last 15 games.

Kansas State defeated Oklahoma 9-3 in Norman yesterday, a fourth consecutive win for the team. Victory was especially sweet for pitcher Parker Rigler, an Oklahoma native who tossed the first complete game of his career, allowing only one hit after the fourth inning. This is the most runs the Wildcats have had against the Sooners since a 15-11 loss in 2010, and the first set of back-to-back wins over Oklahoma in Norman since 1969-71.

The BatCats won the game on the strength of their hitting, notching 12 hits along with home runs by Quintin Crandall and Josh Rolette. Tyler Wolfe led the team with three hits, but every Kansas State hitter reached base at least once.

The second game of the series is scheduled for today at 3 PM. Right-hander Levi MaVorhis will take the mound for Kansas State.

The Ward Haylett Invitational event is underway in Manhattan. This is the final tuneup for Kansas State before the Big 12 Championships later this month. A number of former Wildcats are also in action at the event, including Alyx Treasure, who just won the women's high jump event with a mark of 1.93m, good enough for Olympics qualification and a spot on Team Canada. Other former Wildcats competing in the event include Carlos Rodriguez and Erica Twiss.

Construction on new seating at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is well underway. Here's an interesting an eyewitness account from a student who visited the north concourse recently: Where no student has gone before (Jason Tidd, K-State Collegian).