The Big 12 Baseball Championships begin today from Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX (home of the Rangers). the The 7-seeded Wildcats take on 2-seeded Texas Tech at 4 p.m. CDT today in the first round, and Kansas State is looking to snap a four-game losing streak after losing all four games last week to the Virginias. The last time the Cats and the Top-10-ranked Red Raiders faced off, Tech swept the series in Lubbock, thanks to a resounding win in Sunday’s game. The Cats began their 2022 season at Globe Life Field, dropping all three games in what ultimately became a 5 game losing streak to open the season.
The Big 12 Championships are double-elimination, so K-State will have at least two games before its season officially ends. But the Cats are 1-8 against their projected foes (they play either OU or WVU on Thursday), so expect a quick exit. Wednesday and Thursday games (and basically all Championship games) will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
On a somewhat positive note, four Wildcats earned spots on All-Big 12 teamsled by Dylan Phillips who received a
snubbed nod to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a utility player (which really should have put him higher on the list considering he’s won weekly awards in both batting and pitching this season…). Phillips was joined by Kaelen Culpepper, Nick Goodwin and Dominic Johnson, who were all on the honorable mention list. Culpepper, who played third base this season, was also named to the All-Freshman team. Johnson would have spearheaded an “All-Newcomer Team” after leading K-State in all three slash categories, and Goodwin might have gotten the go-ahead after leading the conference in field errors with an impressive 16 registered for the season (wait, now I’m being told that’s a bad thing…).
The K-State women’s basketball team will once again face the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, with the 2022 match-up set for Saturday December 10 and 1 p.m.. The Cats and Jackrabbits, who won the Summit League regular season crown last season and won the WNIT after being upset in the Summit Tournament Championship Game by 2-seeded South Dakota, faced off last season at Brookings with the Cats earning a 79-73 win.
Chris Klieman had another big addition to the Class of 2022 yesterday, with the commitment of JUCO linebacker Gavin Forsha from Tyler Junior College in Texas. K-State was an early recruiting favorite and held a late charge from Lincoln Riley and USC to secure the commitment. Forsha becomes Tyler JC’s third new Wildcat this offseason, joining teammates Kobe Savage (who was on campus this spring) and Judge Clemons. Forsha is a long-term addition to the position, and he will have four years of eligibility left to play three seasons after only being at the college level for a single year.
Athletes on K-State track and field teams will be looking to keep their season alive after a dismal team at the Big 12 Championships. Today and tomorrow, 18 Wildcats will be in Fayetteville, AR for the 2022 NCAA West Preliminaries, and will look to lock in their spot for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in a few weeks. Events are already underway and evening events can be seen streaming on the SEC Network.