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Wildcats surge to early lead at Ward Haylett Invitational

And we thought Oakland’s uniforms were terrible.
And we thought Oakland’s uniforms were terrible.
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Baylor has had a lot of issues with COVID this year, and the virus has come knocking again. This time, the victim is the baseball team. That’s both good and bad news for Kansas State, who is due to play the Bears in a three-game series in Waco starting tonight at 6:30.

The bad news is that K-State is walking into the virus. The good? Baylor is missing a bunch of players, including their ace and usual Friday starter Tyler Thomas. As the Wildcats, currently on a six-game winning streak, really need to keep rolling to get themselves onto the NCAA bubble, a shorthanded Baylor squad could prove quite helpful.

All three games this weekend will air on ESPN+, with Saturday’s game starting at 3:00 and first pitch on Sunday coming at noon.

In yesterday’s Sports Extra, Austin Siegel introduces you to senior Chad Shade, a transfer from D-III Springfield College who got his first start against Texas Southern on Sunday... and got his first hit as a Wildcat when he smashed a three-run shot to left.

Track and Field

After day one of the Ward Haylett Invitational, K-State is already looking in their rear view mirrors at Kansas and top-ten BYU. Cameron Lewis and Colin Echols finished 1-2 in the men’s discus to get things started. The Wildcats took the top three spots in the women’s long jump as Lauren Taubert, Wurrie Njadoe, and Ariel Okorie went 1-2-3. The women extended their lead in the javelin, as Briana Lowe won the event.

The event continues tonight starting at 5:00 with more field events, and the runners get to work at 7:00.

Tennis

Seven Wildcats — seniors Margot Decker and Lilla Barzo, juniors Anna Turco and Maria Linares, and sophomores Karine-Marion Job, Rosanna Maffei, and Ioana Gheorghita — have been named to the Big 12 All-Academic team. That tied K-State with Baylor and Oklahoma for most selections this season; the three teams provided almost half the entire contingent. It’s the third honor for Linares and Turco, and the second for Decker, Maffei, and Gheorghita.

Other

Congratulations to K-State alum Kelly Stewart, known as @kellyinvegas on Twitter, who has joined ESPN as a sports betting analyst. That position will include a daily role on ESPN’s Daily Wager podcast as well as regular appearances on SportsCenter and other ESPN properties.


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