Cats selected to host NCAA regional

By Joel Jellison

After winning 41 games this season and winning the Big 12 regular season championship, the Kansas State baseball team was hoping its resume would be good enough to help the Wildcats host an NCAA regional.

The Wildcats learned Sunday night that they would serve as one of 16 national sites for the NCAA Baseball Championship, hosting a Manhattan Regional for the first time in school history.

K-State will be joined by three other teams, which were announced this afternoon, in a regional that will begin on Friday with a pair of games at Tointon Family Stadium.

“I am very proud of this team and what they have accomplished this year,” K-State head coach Brad Hill said in a release. “I am extremely happy that we are able to bring a NCAA Regional to the K-State and Manhattan communities. We have worked extremely hard to have the opportunity to reward our great fan base, alumni and university by hosting a regional.

“Our team is looking forward to using the momentum we have produced leading into the NCAA tournament and representing Kansas State well by playing with the resiliency and competitive spirit we’ve shown all season long.”

The Wildcats enter into their regional with a 41-17 record and a 16-8 conference record. K-State went 2-1 in their pool at the Big 12 Championship, falling in 11 innings to eventual champion Oklahoma.

K-State is ranked in every major college baseball poll and boasts a No. 15 ranking in Baseball America. The Wildcats won their first regular-season conference championship in 80 years.

Tickets for the NCAA Manhattan Regional are now available online at to current baseball season ticket holders. They will be given the first opportunity to purchase seating they held during the regular season.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, with All-Session, reserved and general admission seating packages offered for the first-time event in Wildcat history.

All seating in the grandstand of Tointon Family Stadium will be reserved. General admission will be available only in the bleachers in the patio area along the right-field side and in the new temporary bleachers on the berm down the left-field line.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Casey Scott said on Saturday at the Big 12 Championship that hosting is the next step in the K-State baseball program moving forward.

“We’ve built the program and started to create a tradition of winning here under Brad,” he said. “The next step is to host a regional, fight your way through a regional, and get to a super regional, and try to continue to take those steps and ultimately get to the College World Series.”

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