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Slate: Yesterday Was a Happy Day

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With awards and wins and football news, how could it not be?

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Whoa, an actual picture of Connie Jaffrey....
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Baseball

We’ll lead off with that team that we weren’t supposed to talk about, because that team picked up their first win of April last night, beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 4-3 at Hawks Field in Lincoln, NE. The game ball goes to sophomore Will Brennan, who normally plays outfield for the BatCats, but took the mound for his first start at pitcher (and second mound appearance of the season) and picked up his first victory while recording two perfect innings before settling in at DH. Brennan also went 2-4 batting, and scored the Wildcats first run after knocking in Jordan Maxson with a single in the top of the 2nd. Freshman RHP Alex Belch was credited with the save after holding the Cornhuskers scoreless for the final 2.2 innings.

The Wildcats will have a great chance to stay on track for the next few games as they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers this weekend. The Mountaineers are 16-17, 2-7 Big 12, and are currently sitting in a tie with the Wildcats for 8th place in the Big 12 (which is last, because there are only 9 teams that play baseball in the Big 12...thanks Cyclones).

Golf

The Big 12 Conference announced men’s and women’s golf academic awards yesterday. The Men’s golf team put six on the Academic All-Big 12 team, while the lone member of the women’s golf team on the Academic All-Big 12 team was senior Connie Jaffery, which is her second-consecutive honor.

Track

Speaking of awards it was also announced on Tuesday that Nina Schultz, fresh off her silver medal performance at the Commonwealth Games, was named the USTFCCCA women’s National Athlete of the Week. She is the first K-State athlete to win the award during the outdoor season, and the first Big 12 athlete since 2016.

Soccer

The K-State Collegian’s Jarrett Whitson took a look at the K-State women’s soccer team and their road so far after starting from scratch.

Football

What you’ve all been waiting for (or probably skimmed over the stuff above for). Yesterday was the second press conference and media availability for the K-State football team this spring. So naturally we have several football stories to peruse.

Kellis Robinett, via the Eagle, took a look at intriguing linebacker prospect Da’Quan Patton, and how his redshirt season helped him grow and become ready to take over a starting role in the linebacker corps. Over at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Tim Bisel took a look at Topeka-area product Wyatt Hubert, who is also looking to make a name for himself after spending his first season in Manhattan redshirtting. Finally, the K-State Sports Extra for today was a feature on Wildcat legacy Eric Gallon II, who learned Snyder’s goals when he was young and has used them throughout his football career.

K-State Athletics has also released updated information regarding the spring football game scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, April 21st at 1:00pm. It should be a fun atmosphere, assuming the weather holds up.