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Baseball Open Thread: K-State vs Air Force

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Why do we hate MURICA?

Sorry, America. Sincerely.
Sorry, America. Sincerely.
Brian Lawdermilk

The BatCats' long homestand comes to a close this week as they take on the Falcons of Air Force, and it's our first opportunity of the year to actually watch them on our teevee device thingies. After tomorrow, it's Oklahoma and the start of conference play. Gulp.

What: K-State (11-7) vs Air Force (4-13, 1-5 MWC)

When: March 18, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CT

Where: Manhattan, KS | Tointon Family Stadium (2,331)

Media: 1350 KMAN (Matt Walters, John Kurtz) | Fox Sports Midwest (Brian Smoller, former skipper Mike Clark)

K-State kicks off the final series before Big 12 play tonight by sending righty Nate Greip (0-0, 1.59) to the mound to face southpaw Trevor Monaghan (0-1, 9.82). All signs point to another offensive outburst tonight, and there couldn't be a better time for the bats to heat up. Not that they were shabby last week: the BatCats hit .401 in four games, reaching base in just shy of half their plate appearances (.492) and slugged .556 on the week. The 'Cats averaged just under 13 runs a game, while posting a 1.25 ERA. Sick.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series against Air Force 11-3; all but one of those games took place between 1996-1999, and the other one was before then. In other words, this is the teams' first meeting in 15 years. The 'Cats are currently riding a 10-game winning streak, having failed to lose since returning from sunny California to the frigid wasteland where baseball thrives. Or something like that.

Smack 'em, Cats!