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After a Frank Martin pep talk, BatCats beat Gamecocks

Also: Marcus Foster, football, and track stuffs.

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You start 4-1 and beat a top-5 team on the road, you get to lead off the Friday Slate. It’s a rule. Honest.

As JT reported, the BatCats upended the 4th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 6-5 in Columbia yesterday. It’s the second game in a row that K-State’s baseball team has gotten revenge against a school which ended another K-State team’s season in the last 12 months; South Carolina knocked the Wildcat women out of the NCAA basketball tournament last year, and Sunday’s victimization of Ohio State was payback for the volleyball team’s early departure in the NCAA volleyball championship.

Our pal Katie Dzwierzynski also recapped the game for our sister site Garnet and Black Attack, as does Ben Breiner of The State.

And then there was the bizarre incident before the game, when Frank Martin — still good friends with Brad Hill -- spoke to the BatCats after their morning workout, and K-State Baseball tweeted a picture... which was later deleted. Kellis Robinett of the Star has the story.

At noon CT, the Cats take on St. John’s (4-0) in Lexington, S.C.

Men’s Basketball

Robinett ranks the teams that have almost broken KU’s stranglehold on the Big 12 regular season title, but came up short. The 2012-13 Wildcats came in ninth out of ten entries.

Bleacher Report’s C.J. Moore reports on Marcus Foster and his rebirth at Creighton.


ESPN’s Jake Trotter on the overflowing bounty of Bill Snyder’s snail mailbox.

Trotter also outlines the two games he considers must-win and trap games for the 2017 Wildcats. Surprisingly, neither involve the word “Oklahoma”, although the Sooners do get a passing mention in context.

Eric Robinson of SB Nation’s The Falcoholic offers up a scouting report on Jordan Willis, as the Falcons are eyeing edge rushers in the second round.

Track & Field

Wildcats swept this week’s Big 12 Indoor Track & Field awards, as throwers Brett Neely and Janee’ Kassanavoid were respectively named Male and Female Athletes of the Week. That makes three recipients on the year, as heptathlete Nina Schultz earned the honor on February 8.

Tomorrow, the team is in Ames for the Big 12 Championships.