Four teams will be in action this week for Kansas State, with just one competing at home — the baseball team.
After winning two of their last series with Big 12 Conference opponents, the Kansas State baseball team (23-16, 6-9 Big 12) will take a break from Big 12 action this week, taking on two non-conference opponents. The first will be a one-off matchup with former Big 12 foe Missouri on Tuesday.
The Tigers come in with one of the worst records in the SEC at 12-25, and 5-13 in their conference. The matchup is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch, with Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and News Radio KMAN providing the broadcast action.
After the midweek matchup with the Tigers, K-State will turn its focus to a weekend series with a Texas Southern team out of the SWAC that has also struggled this season with an overall record of 10-27, and a conference record of 9-11. Friday’s opener is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch, with Saturday’s matchup starting at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1 p.m., with broadcasts being available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and KMAN.
Track and Field
After collecting 15 event titles at the John Jacobs Invitational last Saturday at the University of Oklahoma, the K-State track and field team returns to action this weekend. The Wildcats will travel to College Station, Texas, on Saturday for the Texas A&M Alumni Muster at the E.B. Cushing Stadium.
K-State will join fellow Big 12 opponent Baylor and former Big 12 foe Texas A&M at the meet. The Wildcats will also be competing against BYU, Northwestern, Rice, Louisiana Tech, UTSA, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, TAMU-Kingsville, Tarleton State, UTA and UTRGV.
This weekend’s meet will be the final outdoor meet away from home this season as the Wildcats will return to Manhattan for their first home outdoor meet of the season next week on Saturday, May 8, for the Ward Haylett Invitational.
The K-State men’s golf team is in Hutchinson, Kansas, this week competing in the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club. The Championship will run from Monday through Wednesday with a 72-hole format with 36 holes being played on Monday, while 18 holes will be played on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
K-State comes into the Big 12 Championship with the eighth seed and will be paired up with Kansas who holds the seventh seed. Tee-off time for the pairing was set for 9:07 a.m. on Monday from the 10th tee.
As far as the lineup goes for the Wildcats, sophomore Tim Tillmanns will start in the No. 1 slot, junior Will Hopkins will be in the No. 2 slot, graduate student Jacob Eklund will be in the third slot, sophomore Riccardo Leo will be in the four slot, Luke O’Neill in the five slot and sophomore Ryan Bender will be an alternate for the Wildcats. Scores for each day can be found on golfstat.com.
The K-State rowing team will return to action for the first time since April 10 this weekend as they take on in-state rival KU in the annual Sunflower Showdown at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. The Wildcats and Jayhawks will be competing against each other for the first time since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 meeting.
The Wildcats have won two straight Sunflower Showdowns after K-State swept KU 22-0 in the 2019 meeting, the first sweep since 2012. K-State has defeated KU in six of the last nine meetings.
K-State is coming off of a strong finish in the Tulsa Triangular on April 10, taking first place in the team’s two Varsity Four boats.