The Kansas State baseball team is on the verge of making a special year even better for the Wildcats’ athletic department.
The Bat Cats (37-15, 14-7 Big 12) hold a two-game lead over Oklahoma and West Virginia in the Big 12 standings. They can clinch at least a share of their first Big 12 championship with one more victory, and can clinch an outright title with two wins or one win combined with a West Virginia loss.
K-State, which broke into the Baseball America Top 25 poll at No. 19 on Monday, hosts a three-game series against the Sooners this weekend at Tointon Family Stadium. Given all that is on the line, and the big crowds that should turn out with good weather on the way, it might be the biggest series in program history.
With just one victory, the Wildcats will have their third conference championship of the 2012-13 academic year. The football team won 11 games to claim the crown in December. The men’s basketball team shared the Big 12 title with Kansas in March. The baseball team can add to the trophy collection and make it a Trifecta this weekend.
Winning championships in three different sports in the same year is rare in the Big 12, especially when those sports are football, men’s basketball and baseball.
Only one school has accomplished the feat: Texas in 2005-06. During that academic year, the Longhorns went undefeated and won the national championship in football, then claimed the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 basketball tournament and won the Big 12 regular season title in baseball.
The only other school to come close is Oklahoma, which won football and men’s basketball championships in 2004-05, but couldn’t top the standings in baseball.
Include tournament titles or volleyball, women’s basketball and smaller sports and several schools have won three titles in the same year. K-State, for example, won three Big 12 championships in 2003-04, claiming titles in football, volleyball and women’s basketball.
Some have argued that to be the most successful year in K-State athletic history.
League championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball would make 2012-13 better.
(Photo courtesy Lawrence Journal World)
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