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Willis works out for Saints, BatCats lose in extras, tennis wins

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Good Monday, citizens, and welcome to the Slate. You will note there’s not one single word about a particular K-State team in this morning’s recap of the latest news, and for that perhaps we should all rejoice.

Women’s Basketball

Tonight will be the last time this season that shoes will squeak on the floor at Bramlage -- publicly, at least. As the Cats prepare to take on Stanford, we have two items for your consideration. The Star’s Maria Torres has some words from Jeff Mittie in her preview of tonight’s game, while an AP report in the Eagle is packed with quotes from the players explaining they’re not afraid of the Cardinal.

Look for more, including details on watching the game, later today.

Football

Linebackers coach Mike Cox is leaving the program. Kellis Robinett has a brief report in the Star.

Nick Underhill at the New Orleans Advocate reports that Jordan Willis had a private workout with the Saints.

Baseball

The BatCats dropped a roller-coaster 11-10 decision to Iowa at Tointon last night, and in doing so failed to sweep the three-game weekend set. It was the second extra-innings affair of the series, and K-State (14-6) had to come back from a seven-run hole to force the issue. Grant Reuben jacked two bombs, and Quinton Crandall and Steve Serratore both got their fifth homer of the season, but it was Iowa’s Jake Adams who single-handedly wrecked shop. Adams had three homers on the day, giving him eight on the year, and drove in seven runs. For his part, Serratore had himself a day too; he was 5-for-5 with 5 RBI.

Iowa improved to 10-8 on the year. K-State next hosts Omaha on Tuesday before things get real with a weekend series in Austin to open Big 12 play.

Tennis

K-State got back on the winning side yesterday, as Carolina Costamagna, Millie Stretton, Ana Garcia Navas, and Maria Panaite all picked up singles wins at Texas-Arlington to earn the Cats (9-8) a 4-3 win. K-State returns home this weekend to face Iowa State on Friday and West Virginia on Sunday.