Kansas State Wildcats baseball

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Kansas State Wildcats
Founded: 1897
2015 Kansas State Wildcats baseball team
Kansas State Wildcats athletic logo

University Kansas State University
Conference Big 12
Location Manhattan, KS
Head Coach Brad Hill (12th year)
Home Stadium Frank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium
(Capacity: 2,331)
Nickname Wildcats
Colors

Purple and White

            
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2013
Conference Champions
1928 • 1930 • 1933 • 2013

The Kansas State University Wildcats baseball team is a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, and is currently coached by Brad Hill. The program's first official game was in 1897. The Wildcats have advanced to the NCAA baseball tournament four of the past six seasons.

Following the completion of the 2014 season, Kansas State's all-time record is 1,730–1,725–10 (.501).

Home field[edit]

Kansas State plays its home games at Frank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium. The stadium was built in 1961, and re-dedicated in 2002 with major improvements including a digital scoreboard, upgraded locker-room facilities, coaches' offices, and more.

History[edit]

According to most sources, Kansas State began intercollegiate competition with a match against St. Mary's College on May 26, 1894.[1][2] (St. Mary's was a regional athletics powerhouse, whose recent graduates included baseball pioneers Charles Comiskey and Ted Sullivan.) However, the first game reflected in the school's official history is a 4–3 win over Fort Riley on April 10, 1897.[3] Playing in the old Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the baseball team earned what is believed to be the school's first varsity championship in 1907 under coach Mike Ahearn.[3]

After joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1913, the Kansas State baseball team won major conference titles in 1928, 1930 and 1933.[3] The school's most recent championship was the Big 12 Conference regular season championship in 2013. Kansas State's best finish at the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament was runner-up at the 2008 tournament.

Transcending results on the field, the team established an important milestone when Kansas State catcher Earl Woods, the father of golfer Tiger Woods, became the first African-American baseball player in the Big Seven Conference in 1951.[4][5]

Recent seasons[edit]

The Wildcats have established a number of firsts for the program in recent years. The team qualified for its first NCAA Tournament in 2009, and has returned three times since. Kansas State also earned its first national rankings in the USA Today/ESPN Coach's Poll in 2009,[6] and set a new school record for wins with 43 in 2009, breaking the previous mark of 35 set in 1976.

In 2013, the Wildcats won the Big 12 Conference title and reestablished a new team record for wins. The school also was awarded the right to host the program's first NCAA regional. After winning the Manhattan Regional, Kansas State advanced to its first ever NCAA Super Regional. The team played at the Corvallis Super Regional, falling to the host and Pac-12 champion Oregon State Beavers. Kansas State finished ranked in the top 15 of all the major polls, the team's highest final rankings in history.

Year Overall Conference Place Postseason
2003 15–37 5–22 10th  
2004 26–30 4–23 10th  
2005 30–25 8–19 10th  
2006 31–20–2 8–17–2 9th  
2007 34–24 11–16 8th Big 12 Tournament Participant
2008 29–29 11–16 6th Big 12 Tournament Runner Up
2009 43–17–1 14–10–1 4th Big 12 Tournament ParticipantNCAA Tournament
2010 37–22 14–12 3rd Big 12 Tournament ParticipantNCAA Tournament
2011 36–23 12–14 6th Big 12 Tournament ParticipantNCAA Tournament
2012 27–31 7–17 8th Big 12 Tournament Participant
2013 45–19 16–8 1st Big 12 Tournament ParticipantNCAA Tournament, Corvallis Super Regional
2014 25–30 5–19 9th

Individual honors[edit]

Conference honors[edit]

Rivalry[edit]

Kansas State's main rival is the Kansas Jayhawks. The teams play every year in the Sunflower Showdown.

Former Wildcats in Major League Baseball[edit]

Name Years at KSU Years in MLB Team(s)
Josh Billings 1910 1913–23 Cleveland Naps, St. Louis Browns
Elden Auker 1929–32 1933–42 Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns
Butch Nieman 1938–39 1943–45 Boston Braves
Kite Thomas 1947 1952–53 Philadelphia A's, Washington Senators
Bob Randall 1967–69 1976–80 Minnesota Twins
Andy Replogle 1973–75 1978–79 Milwaukee Brewers
Ted Power 1974–76 1981–93 Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers,
St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners
Craig Wilson 1989–92 1998–2000 Chicago White Sox
Carlos Torres 2004 2009–10, 2012-14 Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets
Evan Marshall 2009-11 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks

Conference membership history[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Olson, Kevin (2012). Frontier Manhattan. University Press of Kansas. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7006-1832-3. 
  2. ^ a b Willard, Julius (1940). History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Kansas State College Press. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wildcat Baseball Through the Years". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  4. ^ Woods, Earl; McDaniel, Pete (1997). Training a Tiger: A Father's Guide to Raising a Winner in Both Golf and Life. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-270178-7. 
  5. ^ "Tiger Woods' Father, Earl, Succumbs to Cancer". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  6. ^ K-State Baseball Enters Top 25
  7. ^ "Kansas State baseball: Times have changed". Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  8. ^ Kansas State Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues
  9. ^ Wildcats in Major League Baseball