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Slate: Barry Brown headed to Reese’s All-Star Game

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Plus BatCats get blanked, and spring football stuff

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Baseball

There was no joy in Mudville last night, as the visiting Cornhuskers blanked the Wildcats 7-0, including a rare inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning. In the top of the first inning, K-State starter Joey Martin walked the bases loaded then Nebraska’s Jaxon Hallmark roped a line drive to the wall in right-center field to put the Cornhuskers ahead by four runs before the Wildcats came to the plate. There also was very little positive for the Wildcats offensively, as the BatCats only managed to get four hits on the evening.

There will be no rest for the weary, as the Wildcats are in Columbia, MO today to make up for a weather-delayed contest with Missouri. The Cats and the Tigers square off at 3pm CDT, and the game can be seen on “SEC Network+”.

Basketball

Barry Brown Jr. is one of the top 20 seniors in the country. Well, at least he was one of 20 college seniors selected to attend the 2019 Reese’s College All-Star Game, which is set for 3:30pm CDT on Friday, April 5 at U.S. Bank Stadium as part of the Final Four in Minneapolis. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Brown is the first Wildcat selected to the game since Rodney McGruder attended at the end of the 2013 season

Football

It’s Wednesday, so that means there was a spring football press conference yesterday. And for the second week in a row, a coordinator led the press conference. This time it was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton (joined by Adam Holtorf, Walter Neil, Jr., Harry Trotter, James Gilbert, and Justin Hughes) who met with reporters to discuss the latest week of spring practices. Speaking of Walter Neil, he’s going to be the primary nickleback this season, which is going to operate more like a linebacker in Hazelton’s defense, which has led to some “fighting” between Hazleton and DB’s coach Van Malone over the defensive back’s services, as the latter would rather have his skills used for corner.

Today’s Sports Extra focused on new defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo, who is looking to bring his vast experiences to help build the interior of the K-State defensive line

Golf

K-State sophomore golfer Reid Isaac capped her strong performance at the Bruzzy Challenge by carding a 3-over par 75 on the final day of competition to finish fifth at the event. Overall, she finished the event at 4-under par 212, which is a career-best performance for the sophomore. As a team, the Wildcat women cooled-off from their school-record-setting first round to finish in a tie for 11th.