The Year of the Cat continues in Manhattan, Kan.The Kansas State baseball team, which won the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time and its first conference title since 1933 after finishing 16-8, four games ahead of second-place Oklahoma State, is hosting its first ever regional this weekend.It has been a historic year for the Wildcats, who won Big 12 titles in football, men’s basketball and baseball. They became just the second Big 12 school and the fourth nationally to win league titles in football, men’s basketball and baseball during the same academic year in the BCS era.The only other Big 12 team to pull it off was Texas in 2005-06. Stanford did it in 1999-2000 and Louisville pulled it off this school year along with K-State.Last fall, the Kansas State football team won its first Big 12 title since 2003. Before that the Cats hadn’t won a conference football title since 1934. In the spring, the men’s basketball team won a share of the regular-season title, its first since winning the Big 8 title in 1977.Then two weeks ago, the baseball team clinched the championship after being picked to finish seventh by Big 12 coaches. The Wildcats’ title-winning season is the biggest jump from a preseason predicted finish in league history. Their offense is loaded with eight everyday players batting .314 or better, including Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett, who is batting .356.All three coaches earned Big 12 coach of the year honors.The conference should go ahead and name Kansas State school of the year.
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