Baseball team to battle it out in Omaha, Nebraska, tonight

Senior outfielder Hanz Harker hits the ball during the game against Oklahoma State at Tointon Family Stadium on April 9, 2018. (Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team will travel to the state of Nebraska tonight for the second time this season. The Wildcats’ opponents this time around: the Omaha Mavericks.

It will be the second time the two teams have met this season. The first meeting came in Manhattan on March 27, a game that saw the Wildcats win 3-0.

That game was a tight, defensive battle for much of the night. In the bottom of the eighth inning, freshman left fielder Dylan Watts stepped up to the plate for K-State with the bases loaded. Watts blasted a single up the middle, sending two runners in. Watts himself would later be sent home to give K-State the 3-0 lead that it held for the rest of the game.

In their 15 games since defeating the Mavericks nearly a month ago, the Wildcats have gone 4-11. K-State lost a series to West Virginia just this weekend, 2-1.

In the first game of the series against the Mountaineers, the Wildcats lost a 5-3 lead after six-and-a-half innings before giving up five unanswered runs to fall 8-5. Game two saw the Mountaineers win 6-0, but K-State made a last-ditch effort by winning the final game 7-4 on Sunday.

Sophomore Will Brennan has made some noise lately, not only when he’s up to bat but also from the mound. In the West Virginia series, he had a total of four hits, but more important were his contributions as a pitcher.

In the Sunday win against the Mountaineers, Brennan pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run. Brennan was awarded the win, which was his second in a row after beating Nebraska last Tuesday.

K-State is currently 17-23 this season with a 3-12 record in the Big 12 Conference. Meanwhile, Omaha is currently 13-22 overall and 8-7 in the Summit League. The Mavericks were most recently swept 3-0 in a series against Fort Wayne.

Junior Braden Rogers is the leading batter for Omaha. He has a batting average of .289 with 37 hits and 15 RBIs this season.

K-State holds the all-time series edge over Omaha, 11-2.

The first pitch between the Wildcats and the Mavericks is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight. The game will be broadcast on KMAN radio and a free audio stream will be available on

Jarrett Whitson
I’m Jarrett Whitson, the sports editor this semester. I’m from Blue Rapids, KS, a town of just over 1,000 people about 40 miles north of Manhattan. I’m a junior in Public Relations, and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I love playing and talking about sports— especially college football