Notes: Cats Prepped for Big 12 Baseball Championship


GAME PREVIEW
MAY 25, 12:30 PM

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Oklahoma City, OK

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
26-29 (8-16 Big 12)

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TEXAS TECH
RED RAIDERS
40-14 (19-5 Big 12)

FCS
K-State Sports Network


Game Notes (PDF)

AT THE PLATE
For the ninth time over the last 10 seasons, K-State will make a trip to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship ... The eighth-seeded Wildcats (26-29, 8-16 Big 12) will face top seed and Big 12 regular season champion Texas Tech (40-14, 19-5 Big 12) in the opening round on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ... The Wildcats and Red Raiders are in division one of the double-elimination bracket, paired up with No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 5 seed Oklahoma ... K-State was swept by the Red Raiders in the regular season series, a set that took place in Lubbock April 2-3 ... The Wildcats took the series at Morgantown but dropped the set in Norman.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
The Wildcats opened their conference slate winless in the first eight games (including four one-run losses), but starting with a 3-2 victory over Texas on April 10 at home, K-State qualified for its 10th trip to the Big 12 Baseball Championship after winning eight of its last 16 league games ... The Wildcats took series wins over West Virginia, Baylor and KU while also capturing a victory at Oklahoma ... K-State secured a spot in the eight-team field last weekend when KU lost its first two games of a series at Oklahoma State.

INSIDE THE TEXAS TECH SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Texas Tech, 26-36-1 ... This will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and Red Raiders in the Big 12 Championship since 2013 ... K-State is 2-1 against Texas Tech in the postseason tournament, with wins occurring in 2013 and 2002 ... All three tournament games have been decided by one run ... The Wildcats have lost five straight overall to Texas Tech, with their last victory taking place on April 17, 2015 in Manhattan (5-3) ... K-State has lost eight of its last nine games to Texas Tech.

INSIDE THE WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against West Virginia, 5-7 ... The two sides have never met in the Big 12 Championship ... K-State took the series this season in Morgantown (2-1) ... They have split the last six games as West Virginia took the three-game series in Manhattan in 2015.

INSIDE THE OKLAHOMA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Oklahoma, 78-193-1 ... The Wildcats won the first game of the series earlier this season, but Oklahoma outscored K-State, 22-1, over the final two contests to take the series ... K-State and Oklahoma met twice last season in the Big 12 Championship ... The Wildcats won the first game, 7-3, before being eliminated by the Sooners two days later by a score of 3-1 ... K-State has faced Oklahoma in each of its last two trips to the Big 12 Championship and in four of its last five ... Oklahoma is K-State’s most common opponent in conference tournament play as the Wildcats and Sooners have squared off eight times (Wildcats trail in the matchups, 3-5).

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
In 10 trips to the Big 12 Baseball Championship, K-State is a combined 14-16 (.467) ... The Wildcats first made the Big 12 Championship in 2002 before returning in 2007 to start a streak of six straight trips through 2013 ... K-State last made the tournament in 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when it went 1-2 ... The Wildcats have made the conference postseason tournament 17 times since 1976, with seven of those trips occurring during the Big Eight era ... K-State made the championship game once in the Big 12 era (L, 15-7 vs. Texas, 2008).

ON THE OFFENSIVE
K-State is one of the Big 12’s top offenses as it ranks third in batting average for overall (.287) and conference-only games (.284) ... The Wildcats also finished fourth in conference-only games in OBP (.363) and SLG (.412) ... This year marks the first time since 2013 that K-State ranked among the top three in team batting average for Big 12-only games (1st in 2013 with a .318 clip) ... Last year, the Wildcats hit .240 in Big 12 play with a .331 OBP and .301 SLG ... In overall games in 2015, the Wildcats hit .259 (8th in the Big 12).

POWER SUPPLY
After a program-low eight home runs in 2015, K-State broke out for 30 homers this year, its most in a season since 2011 ... The 30 roundtrippers are K-State’s second most in a season during the BBCOR era (35 in 2011) ... Eleven different Wildcats have hit a home run this year, the most for K-State since 2011 when it also had 11.

EXTRA! EXTRA!
K-State’s power goes beyond home runs as it is second among Big 12 teams with 17 triples and tied for fifth in doubles (95) ... The 95 doubles are the most for the Wildcats since 2013 when they had 115 in 64 games ... The team’s .404 slugging percentage is also its best since 2013 (.439) and tied for the second best over the last six seasons.

K MART
The K-State pitching staff finished the regular season with 428 strikeouts, matching the program record for most in a regular season (Last: 1997) ... The Wildcats’ 428 punchouts, which are third in the Big 12, are tied for the third most in school history for an overall campaign and most since 2011 when it had 449 ... The program record is 453, which was set in 2009 (62 games).

70 AND UP CLUB
The Wildcats’ 428 strikeouts are helped by Levi MaVorhis and Parker Rigler, who both have 70+ punchouts this year ... It is the first time since 2011 that two K-State pitchers had 70+ strikeouts (Kyle Hunter, 80; Matt Applegate, 77) ... MaVorhis’ 76 strikeouts are the most by a Wildcat since Kayvon Bahramzadeh had 79 in 2012 ... MaVorhis is fifth among Big 12 pitchers in strikeouts while Rigler is tied for seventh ... Both MaVorhis and Rigler have started every weekend series.

MARGIN CALL
K-State has played in 13 one-run games this season, going 3-10 in such contests ... The Wildcats’ 13 one-run games are their most since 2013 (21) while the 10 one-run losses are their most since 2011 (11-12 record) ... K-State was 1-7 during its Big 12 slate in one-run games, with six of the defeats being to the top-three teams in Big 12 standings ... The seven conference losses by one-run are K-State’s most since 2011 (4-8 record).

CONFERENCE LEADER
Jake Scudder finished the Big 12 season pacing the league in conference-only hitting ... He was the only Big 12 hitter to bat above .400 as he turned in a .407 clip (37-for-91) over 24 games ... The junior is the first Wildcat to lead the Big 12 in conference-only average since Austin Fisher in 2013 (.412) ... The Iowa Western CC transfer also tied for the conference lead in hits, making him the first Big 12 hitter to lead the league in both conference-only batting average and hits since Erich Weiss of Texas in 2011 (.410 AVG, 41 hits).

STREAKING
Jake Scudder was on a tear throughout the entire Big 12 slate as he reached base safely in all 24 games and finished the conference season with an 18-game hitting streak ... No other Wildcat had a hit in more than 11 straight conference games.

ON FIRE
Jake Scudder enters the Big 12 Baseball Championship with a career-high nine-game hitting streak ... The longest hitting streak by a Wildcat this season is 11 games, set four different times (Last: Tyler Moore, April 3-24) ... Over the last nine games, Scudder is batting .455 (15-for-33) with five doubles, one home run and seven RBI.

JUCO FEAT
Jake Scudder is the first junior college transfer with 40+ RBI for K-State since Kent Urban had 41 in 2010 ... Currently, the Rock Island, Illinois native is also pacing the Wildcats in the Triple Crown categories (AVG, HR and RBI) as he is aiming to become the first junior college transfer to do that for K-State for a complete campaign since Joe Goedert in 1981.

FRESH IMPACT
Josh Rolette hit his sixth home run of the season during the KU series, which places him one behind Jake Scudder for the team lead ... The six homers are the most by a K-State freshman since Jared King (8) in 2011 ... Five of Rolette’s six homers are in Big 12 play, which are the most by a Wildcat freshman in conference games since Brett Reid had five in 1999 ... Reid’s five homers are the most ever by a Wildcat freshman in conference games during the Big 12 era (since 1997) ... All six of Rolette’s homers this season have been against right-handed pitchers.

GREATEST HITS
Beyond the home runs, Josh Rolette also has 62 hits and 34 RBI ... He is the first Wildcat freshman since Nick Martini (78 hits, 50 RBI in 2009) with 60+ hits and 30+ RBI in a single season ... Rolette’s 60 hits, 34 RBI and 93 total bases are all the most by a K-State freshman since Martini ... In 2009, Martini totaled 111 bases - a program record for K-State freshmen ... Rolette’s 13 doubles are the most by a Wildcat freshman since Blair DeBord had 13 in 2010 ... The 62 hits are the third-most by a K-State freshman over the last 60 years.

SENIOR MOMENT
Clayton Dalrymple enters the Big 12 Baseball Championship tied for the team lead in hits with 71 ... Dalrymple and Jake Scudder have the most hits by a Wildcat since 2013 when six Wildcats accomplished the feat ... The pair are also tied for third among Big 12 players in hits ... Dalrymple entered the season with 85 career hits over 136 games ... Of Dalrymple’s 71 hits, 31 are in Big 12 games ... He also leads the team with 24 multi-hit games, which are the most by a Wildcat since 2013.

Q SHOT
Quintin Crandall, who started the season 7-for-50 with no extra-base hits in the first 26 games, finished the season batting .364 (28-for-77) with five doubles, three triples and two home runs over his final 24 contests ... Crandall started 24 straight games to end the regular season

MOORE IS BETTER
Tyler Moore, who is tied for second on the team in batting average, has turned in a career year during Big 12 play as the senior hit .344 (31-for-90) with two home runs and 15 RBI in 24 conference games ... Last year, as a transfer from Coffeyville CC, Moore hit .211 (16-for-75) with no homers and six RBI in 21 Big 12 games ... In 102 career games, Moore has a .313 batting average, eight home runs and 69 RBI ... He has also started 43 games at catcher, including 15 straight entering this week.

FOR STARTERS 
Over the last six games, K-State starting pitchers have a 2.87 ERA (10er, 31.1ip) but are 1-3 (team record: 2-4) ... The starters, Levi MaVorhis, Parker Rigler and Corey Fischer, have limited opponents to a .243 batting average against over the stretch ... Opponents are hitting .193 against MaVorhis in his last two outings ... For the season, Wildcat starting pitchers are 16-20 with a 4.62 ERA (131er, 255.1ip) and a .277 average against.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
K-State has utilized 13 freshmen this season, its most ever under head coach Brad Hill (since 2004) ... The previous most for freshmen played in a single season under Hill was 12 in 2009 (Also in 2006) ... The six freshman position players are the most for K-State since 2011 (6) while the eight pitchers are the most under Hill (previous: 7, 2014) ... Cory Wright is the lone two-way player.