Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours!
First things first. The baseball team won! Kansas State pulled off a 1-0 victory over Kansas to even the series at a game a piece. Sophomore Jared Marolf pitched the second straight complete game of his career, allowing only five hits and striking out three batters without a walk. This was the first shutout for a Kansas State pitcher since Parker Rigler’s no-hitter last spring.
The BatCats lone run came from Cameron Thompson, who scored on a sac-fly from Trent McMaster in the seventh inning. Will Brennan had two of Kansas State’s three hits with Drew Mount getting the third that led to the game’s only score.
The BatCats will try to win the Sunflower Showdown series with the final game against Kansas at Tointon. First pitch is scheduled for noon and the game can be seen nationally on FS1.
In a reversal of the weekend’s fortunes, it was the tennis team that could not quite match up to the baseball team’s feat yesterday. Taking on the regular season Big Ten champions #13 Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the RacketCats just didn’t have enough left after an emotional come-from-behind victory over Kentucky in the opening round and were swept by those other Wildcats 4-0.
The loss brings an end to the 2018 campaign for Kansas State, an exceptional season by all accounts. This edition of the tennis team had the most wins in program history and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 years. Six of this year’s players return next year, including Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Maria Linares, and All-Big 12 selection Margot Decker.
Meanwhile, golfer Jeremy Gandon will be looking for his own NCAA glory on Monday as he tees off at the 2018 Stockton Regional in California. Gandon, who won a Big 12 individual title earlier this year, is a fierce competitor who likes to win, so let’s hope that holds him in good stead in Stockton.
The Big 12 Rowing Championships are underway in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The OarCats finished fourth in the 1v8 competition yesterday, with a time of 6:53.19. Texas was the ultimate winner, followed by Oklahoma and Tennessee. Competition continues today.
At the Big 12 Outdoor Track Championships, after two days of competition, both Kansas State teams are currently atop the standings. A series of solid performances earned various athletes podium finishes and points. Let’s hope that momentum carries through to the final day of competition in Waco today. Let’s go, Cats!
Finally, a note of congratulations to all the student-athletes who earned their degrees and walked through graduation ceremonies at Kansas State this weekend. Thank you for putting the student in student-athlete, and much luck in all your future endeavors, even if you’re majoring in something other than sports.