It was about nine games into the Big 12 season when Kansas State baseball coach Brad Hill started to hear murmuring in the clubhouse.
The football team had won a conference championship. So had the men's basketball team.
''So they started to ask, `Why can't we?''' Hill recalled in a phone interview with The Associated Press. ''All of a sudden, they started to think about the idea. They started throwing it out there and they started believing. And then they started building.''
Fast-forward a couple months and the Wildcats have set a school record for victories, captured that elusive conference title, are off to Oregon State this weekend for a best-of-three series that could land them in the College World Series.
It would be a fitting capstone to the most memorable season in school history.
''This program is two wins away from playing in Omaha, and that's every kid's dream,'' Hill said Wednesday. ''And at Kansas State, that hasn't been much of a reality.''
Might as well dream bi...