Kansas State Wildcats baseball

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Kansas State Wildcats
2020 Kansas State Wildcats baseball team
Kansas State Wildcats baseball logo.svg
Founded1897
UniversityKansas State University
Athletic directorGene Taylor
Head coachPete Hughes (2nd season)
ConferenceBig 12
LocationManhattan, Kansas
Home stadiumFrank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium
(Capacity: 2,331)
NicknameWildcats
ColorsRoyal Purple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2013
Conference champions
1907 • 1908 • 1928 • 1930 • 1933 • 2013

The Kansas State Wildcats baseball team is a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. The program's first official game was in 1897.

Following the completion of the 2019 season, Kansas State's all-time record is 1,860–1,867–10 (.499).

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.

The team's first official home field was an open public square in Manhattan located at Bluemont Avenue and 8th Street, which it began using in the 1898 season, called Athletic Field.[2] Construction of Bluemont Elementary School on that plot of land forced Kansas State to move its athletics on campus beginning in 1911.[2] The team's on-campus baseball diamond was initially located at the southwest corner of the campus, at the current location of Memorial Stadium.[2] However, in the following decades the squad played at numerous locations around Manhattan, including City Park and (for many years) Griffith Park, before the opening of the current ballpark.

History[edit]

According to most sources, Kansas State began intercollegiate competition with a match against St. Mary's College on May 26, 1894.[2][3] (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.[4] Playing in the old Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the baseball team earned its first varsity championship in 1907 under coach Mike Ahearn.[4]

Kansas State baseball team, 1897

After joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1913, the Kansas State baseball team won major conference titles in 1928, 1930 and 1933.[4] 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.[5][6]

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,[7] 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
2008 29–29 11–16 6th Big 12 Tournament
2009 43–17–1 14–10–1 4th Big 12 Tournament
NCAA Tournament
2010 37–22 14–12 3rd Big 12 Tournament
NCAA Tournament
2011 36–23 12–14 6th Big 12 Tournament
NCAA Tournament
2012 27–31 7–17 8th Big 12 Tournament
2013 45–19 16–8 1st Big 12 Tournament
NCAA Tournament
2014 25–30 5–19 9th
2015 27–30 10–14 6th Big 12 Tournament
2016 26–31 8–16 8th Big 12 Tournament
2017 29–26 8–16 9th
2018 23–31 5–19 9th
2019 25–33 8–16 8th Big 12 Tournament

Individual honors[edit]

Conference honors[edit]

  • Newcomer of the Year
Jake Scudder – 2016

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 KSU 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–present
Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers
Evan Marshall 2009–11 2014–present Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox
A. J. Morris 2007–09 2016 Cincinnati Reds
Nick Martini 2009–11 2018–present Oakland Athletics

Conference membership history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kansas State University Brand Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Willard, Julius (1940). History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Kansas State College Press.
  3. ^ Olson, Kevin (2012). Frontier Manhattan. University Press of Kansas. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7006-1832-3.
  4. ^ a b c "Wildcat Baseball Through the Years". Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Tiger Woods' Father, Earl, Succumbs to Cancer". Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  7. ^ K-State Baseball Enters Top 25 Archived 2013-01-27 at Archive.today
  8. ^ MLB Draft Tracker
  9. ^ Kansas State Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues
  10. ^ Wildcats in Major League Baseball
  11. ^ Willard, Julius (1940). History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Kansas State College Press. pp. 499, 505–06.

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