Notes: Cats, Milwaukee Set for Second Home Weekend Series

SERIES PREVIEW
MARCH 11-13, 2016

Tointon Family Stadium
Manhattan, KS

NR
MILWAUKEE
PANTHERS
3-9 (0-0 Horizon)
ROSTER | STATS | SCHEDULE

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
8-4 (0-0 Big 12)
ROSTER | STATS | SCHEDULE

GM 1: FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 3:05 pm
TV: ESPN3
GAME STARTERS:

UWM: RHP BRIAN KELLER (0-3, 8.10 ERA)
KST: RHP COREY FISCHER (1-0, 4.11 ERA)

Kansas State Faculty/Staff Day
GM 2: SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2:05 pm
TV: ESPN3
GAME STARTERS:

UWM: RHP JAY PETERS (1-1, 3.18 ERA)
KST: LHP PARKER RIGLER (1-2, 4.50 ERA)


GM 3: SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 1:05 pm
TV: K-STATEHD.TV on FCS-ATLANTIC
GAME STARTERS:

UWM: RHP ADAM REUSS (1-1, 4.72 ERA)
KST: RHP LEVI MaVORHIS (2-0, 4.50 ERA)

Family Day
Game Notes (PDF)

AT THE PLATE
Riding its longest winning streak since 2014, K-State continues its 12-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Milwaukee at Tointon Family Stadium ... K-State (8-4), which won its first midweek of the season on Wednesday against Creighton, has won six straight -- including four in a row at home ... Milwaukee (3-9) has lost six of its last seven entering the weekend ... The Panthers, members of the Horizon League, opened the season at Texas Tech, dropping three of four against the Big 12’s Red Raiders ... K-State and Milwaukee last met in 2010 ... The two teams were scheduled to meet in 2014, but the series in Manhattan was cancelled due to snow.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State scored eight unanswered runs while the pitching staff limited Creighton to two hits after the first inning as the Wildcats beat the Bluejays, 8-2, on Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium ... Creighton scored two runs on three hits and a hit by pitch in the first but six Wildcat pitchers quieted the Bluejays over the final eight innings ... The Wildcats allowed just four baserunners either via a walk,  hit by pitch or single after the first ... Offensively, K-State scored two runs in the third and two more in the fifth to take the lead ... All four of its early runs were scored with two outs, including the eventual game-winning runs on a two-run single by Jake Scudder in the fifth ... Scudder had 2 of K-State’s 9 hits ... Freshman Brogan Heinen threw two perfect innings out of the K-State bullpen to get his first career win.

INSIDE THE MILWAUKEE SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series against Milwaukee, 5-0 ... The Wildcats and Panthers last met in 2010 when K-State took a March 19 doubleheader in Manhattan ... The Wildcats outscored the visitors by a combined mark of 6-1 in the two games ... The two teams first met in 1997 when K-State swept a doubleheader in Manhattan ... The only non-Manhattan matchup in the series was in 2002 when K-State beat Milwaukee, 8-7, in Homestead, Florida ... Of K-State’s five wins in the series, three are by one run.

APPROACHING 900 AND 400
K-State head coach Brad Hill enters the Milwaukee series one win shy of 900 in his head coaching career ... Hill, in his 25th season as a head coach at the junior college, Division I and II levels, has a career record of 899-448-3 (.667) ... He compiled 83 wins at Hutchinson CC from 1988-90 and 418 at Central Missouri State from 1995-2003 ... He is also two wins shy of 400 in his K-State career (398-307-3), which would make him only the second Wildcat coach to ever reach that mark ... He trails Mike Clark (435-489, 1987-2003) for the all-time wins record in program history ... Hill is also looking to become the fourth Big 12 coach with 400 wins at his current school.

THE STREAK
K-State’s current six-game winning streak is the program’s longest since 2014 when it won 12 straight from late February to mid-March ... The Wildcats have won 6 games in a row 18 times in the Brad Hill era (since 2004), including 13 times over the last 7 years ... K-State’s longest winning streak in 2015 was 4 games (March 6-10).

GETTING OFFENSIVE
Over the six-game winning streak, K-State is averaging 13.8 runs per contest while hitting .381 (82-for-215) ... Among its 82 hits, 28 are for extra bases: 20 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs ... The Wildcats have also drawn 35 walks to 30 strikeouts ... K-State has scored 8 or more runs in all six games as well as registered 9 or more hits ... Prior to the streak, the Wildcats scored 8 runs once in the first 6 games and had 9 hits twice.

ADDED PRESSURE
K-State has been able to keep the pressure on its opponent over the winning streak as it has put runners on base in 38 of the 49 offensive innings over the stretch ... With runners on base in the last 6 games, the Wildcats are batting .422 (54-for-128) ... Meanwhile, with runners in scoring position, they are hitting .464 (39-for-84) ... In the first 6 games of the season, K-State hit .193 (17-for-88) with runners on base and .222 (10-for-45) when they were in scoring position ... K-State has scored in 27 of its last 49 innings, including multiple runs 20 times ... In the first 6 games, the Wildcats scored a run in 13 of its 54 innings and more than one run just 5 times.

TABLE SETTERS
Atop the K-State lineup sits K-State’s top two hitters this season: leadoff hitter Clayton Dalrymple (.391 AVG) and No. 2 hitter Jake Wodtke (.457) ... When Dalrymple and Wodtke are slotted in the top two spots of the Wildcat lineup, K-State is 8-1 this season ... Over the 6-game winning streak, Dalrymple (.500 AVG) and Wodtke (.520) are a combined 25-for-49 (.510) with 22 RBI and 20 runs scored ... The two also have a combined OBP of .576 over the same stretch.

MOORE IS BETTER
The team’s top hitter over the last 6 games, though, is Tyler Moore, who is batting .526 (10-for-19) with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI ... He also has a .591 OBP and 1.000 SLG - both tops on K-State ... The senior currently has a 5-game hitting streak and 6-game on-base streak.

STREAKS TO TRUMP
The longest active hitting streaks belong to Jake Wodtke and Clayton Dalrymple, who both enter the weekend with 8-game streaks ... For Wodtke, the streak is the longest of his career as he is batting .485 (16-for-33) over the stretch ... Dalrymple, who is hitting .438 (14-for-32), is 2 games shy of matching his personal-best (10 games; 3/2-3/17/15).

DELIVERING WITH 2 OUTS
Jake Scudder came through with a pair of two-out RBI on Wednesday against Creighton as he leads the team with 8 two-out RBI on the year ... Scudder is 4-for-10 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

BBK LOUNGE
K-State pitchers walked just one batter against Creighton while striking out 4 ... The Wildcats are third among Big 12 teams with a K/BB ratio of 2.56 ... K-State is also third in the conference in K/9 (7.89) ... It has 10+ strikeouts in 4 games (2 in all of 2015).