The Kansas State baseball, soccer and tennis teams will all take on the Oklahoma Sooners in a busy weekend for K-State Sports. Track and field and both golf teams will also hit the road.
The K-State baseball team kicks off its first series with increased capacity inside Tointon Family Stadium this weekend, taking on the Oklahoma Sooners Friday through Sunday. Capacity for the season was originally set at 25 percent, but on Wednesday afternoon it was announced that Tointon Family Stadium will increase its capacity to 50 percent, meaning 1,100 fans can attend this weekend’s series.
The Wildcats (19-14, 2-7) and the Sooners (18-15, 3-6) both sit in the bottom portion of the Big 12 Conference standings, with K-State sitting in last place and Oklahoma sitting in seventh. The Sooners bring in one of the Big 12’s top-scoring offenses, sitting at the top of the Big 12 in batting average (.302), and also have the top hitter in the Big 12 in Tyler Hardman, who has a .465 batting average.
Prospective first-round draft pick Jordan Wicks will surely be put to the test on Friday night, as the sophomore star pitcher has recorded 66 total strikeouts so far this season and 24 in Big 12 play. The first pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6 p.m., with Saturday’s matchup set for 4 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale scheduled for 1 p.m. All games will be broadcasted on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
The K-State soccer team closes out its unprecedented spring season on Saturday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, taking on the Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats enter Saturday’s contest with a 3-8-2 record and haven’t won since its 2-0 fall season finale victory over Texas Tech on Nov. 13, 2020.
Oklahoma enters the match winless on the season with an 0-12-2 record — one of those ties coming this spring season in a 2-2 draw with Iowa State. Freshman forward CeCe Cross has only started in two games with the Sooners, but leads the team in goals scored with two.
As has been the story all season long, senior midfielder Brookelynn Entz has led the way for the Wildcats with seven goals scored — one of those coming in K-State’s 3-0 shutout victory over the Sooners back on Oct. 16, 2020. The Wildcats and Sooners will kick things off at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, with all of the action broadcasted live on Bally Sports Southwest.
Track and field
After earning nine event titles at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, last weekend, the K-State track and field team travels to Waco, Texas, on Friday and Saturday for the Michael Johnson Invitational. The Wildcats have not competed at home since the Steve Miller Open on Feb. 20.
This weekend’s action begins on Friday at noon with the field events before transitioning into the running events with the women’s 1,500 meter run at 7 p.m. Saturday’s events kick off with the field events at 9:30 a.m. before transitioning into the running events at 1:30 p.m. with the 100m/110m hurdles.
Coming off its first home losses in over a year, the matches for the K-State tennis team don’t get much easier this week. Entering its fifth and sixth straight matches against an ITA-ranked opponent this weekend, the Wildcats host No. 40 Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon and No. 24 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.
K-State enters this weekend with a 7-9 record overall and a 2-5 record in Big 12 play, putting the Wildcats at eighth in the Big 12 standings. The Cowgirls are 9-10 on the season and 2-4 in conference play, putting them just ahead of K-State in the conference standings at seventh.
Oklahoma sits at 12-5 on the year and 3-3 in conference play, putting it at fifth in the conference. Friday’s match against Oklahoma State begins at 3 p.m. and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the match was played indoors at Body First Tennis Center because of rain. Sunday’s match against Oklahoma is set to begin at noon, most likely played at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.
The K-State women’s golf team kicks off postseason play on Sunday and will continue until Tuesday in the Big 12 Championship at The Club of Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas. Play will begin at 8 a.m. each day at the 6,345-yard, par-72 Tom Fazio Championship Course.
The teams will play 18-holes each day and will be paired with two other teams for each day. For the first day, K-State is paired with TCU and in-state rival Kansas.
The K-State men’s golf team will compete in its final regular-season competition of the season prior to the Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas, on April 26-27. The Wildcats will compete in the Git-R-Done Husker Invitational on Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.
K-State will compete at the 6,672-yard, par-71 Firethorn Golf Course against plenty of different competition.
The Wildcats come off its best finish of the season at the MU Tiger Invitational on April 5-6, where K-State took 2nd out of 14 teams. Junior Will Hopkins recorded his first-ever top-five finish with a 9-under par 207 in that competition, putting him at third place overall.