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BatCats win to wrap up season-ending series

Plus, Cliff Rovelto is named Big 12 Coach of the Year

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Well, Kansas State baseball will go out on a winning note after all. The Wildcats beat San Francisco 5-1 to win the final series of this troubling season.

Starter Kasey Ford only allowed just three hits and one run through six innings while striking out three. Lefty Will Brennan, pitching in relief, then got his first career save, allowing just two hits over the final three innings.

The BatCats actually trailed 1-0 through five innings, but a three-run sixth inning helped put Kansas State out in front. John Sorenson had a lead-off single, Trent McWhertor went home on a wild pitch and Cameron Thompson and Will Brennan had RBI singles. Then, in the eighth inning, Trent McMaster had a two-out two-run double to give Kansas State a four-run lead that held till the end.

The BatCats will play their final game of the season today at 3PM. You can listen to the game live on KMAN.

More good news for the track team, as the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, Cliff Rovelto, was named Big 12 Women’s Coach of the Year, thanks the women’s team winning its second consecutive outdoor conference title.

It’s also the second consecutive time Rovelto has won this honor, and the fourth time in his career. That’s the third most honors for a track coach in the Big 12.

Finally, in a nod to history and an attempt to reach across the generations, current Big 12 golf champion Jeremy Gandon met former Kansas State golfer Graham Hunt. Way back in 1951, Hunt won the Big Six golf title and paid his own way to the NCAA Tournament as the school couldn’t afford to send him. He and Gandon, who is the first international player in Kansas State men’s golf, are the only two golf champions in school history, and last week, they met to have lunch and exchange stories. For his part, Hunt hopes Gandon won’t have to wait 67 years to meet the next Big 12 golf champion.

Have a good weekend, all.