Notes: Cats Take Winning Streak to Iowa for Three-Game Series
Notes: Cats Take Winning Streak to Iowa For Three-Game Series
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AT THE PLATE
For the first time since February, K-State will play a weekend non-conference series on the road as the Wildcats take on Iowa (19-19, 7-8 Big Ten) at Duane Banks Field Friday-Sunday ... The Wildcats enter the set on a three-game winning streak and winners in six of their last nine and seven of their last 11 ... K-State has won back-to-back weekend series, both in Big 12 play, while it also picked up a midweek victory over Grand Canyon on Wednesday ... The Wildcats are 7-9 away from Manhattan this season ... Iowa enters the series having won its last two games, an 8-3 win over Michigan last Sunday and a 3-0 victory over Grand View on Tuesday ... Iowa has lost each of its last two weekend series, first at Indiana and then to Michigan ... The Hawkeyes are 12-4 at home this year and their lone series loss at home was to the Wolverines ... The Hawkeyes are ninth in the Big Ten standings while K-State is tied for seventh in the Big 12.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind two home runs by Tyler Wolfe and six quality innings of relief by Mitch Zubradt and Colton Kalmus, K-State defeated Grand Canyon, 10-6, in a midweek matchup on Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium ... Wolfe hit the first of his two homers in the first, a three-run shot that made it 4-0 ... K-State went on to make it 5-1 before the Antelopes plated four runs in the fourth with the help of three hits and three walks ... Zubradt, who inherited the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth, worked the Wildcats out of the jam with just one additional run that tied the game, but he then threw a 1-2-3 fifth ... Kalmus, meanwhile, surrendered a solo home run in the eighth for his lone blemish in a four-inning save ... In the bottom of the fourth, Quintin Crandall returned the advantage back to K-State with his first career home run ... K-State then scored three more runs in the fifth to pull away, with Wolfe hitting a sacrifice fly and Steve Serratore hitting a two-out, two-run triple ... Wolfe added his second home run in the seventh ... K-State had five extra-base hits among its 10 total hits.
INSIDE THE IOWA SERIES
K-State has won six straight against Iowa, helping it establish a 13-7 lead in the all-time series against the Hawkeyes ... The Wildcats started their winning streak by winning the last two games of a three-game set in Iowa City in 2013 ... K-State beat Iowa, 5-4, in the last meeting on Opening Day in 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida ... The Wildcats have held Iowa to four runs or less in five of the last six meetings ... In addition to six straight wins, K-State has won 10 of the last 11 and 13 of the last 15.
Following Wednesday’s three home runs against Grand Canyon, K-State has homered in four straight games and totaled seven over the stretch (one less from its total in all of last season) ... It is the first time the Wildcats have homered in four consecutive contests since April 13-19, 2013 (2 games vs. Iowa, 2 vs. Oklahoma State) ... K-State has also homered in six of its last seven games and in nine of its last 12.
DOING SOME YARD WORK
K-State’s 25 home runs this season are its most in a campaign since 2013 (29) ... The Wildcats have hit more than half (13) of their homers in the month of April (15 games) ... The last time K-State hit at least 13 home runs in the month of April was 2011 (14 in 19 games) ... The Wildcats have 11 different hitters with a home run this season, the most since 2010 when they also had 11 ... Five different hitters have multiple home runs, led by Jake Scudder with six.
TYLER, THE (HOME RUN) CREATOR
One of the Wildcats with multiple home runs this season is Tyler Wolfe, who hit his second and third homers on Wednesday against Grand Canyon ... The senior became the first Wildcat to have more than one home run in a game since Ross Kivett had two against Wichita State on May 31, 2013 in the Manhattan Regional ... Wolfe has hit all three of his career home runs over the last seven games ... Over that stretch (since April 16), Wolfe is batting .375 (9-for-24) with a double, two home runs and 11 RBI.
Beyond the long ball, K-State has 11 extra-base hits over its last two games and 17 over its last four ... Since April 22, the Wildcats have seven doubles, three triples and seven home runs in four games ... The stretch has helped the Wildcats rank fourth among Big 12 teams with a .413 slugging percentage in overall games ... The Wildcats are also third in the conference in batting average (.293) and OBP (.383).
K-State turned in 10 hits against Grand Canyon, which was the fifth straight game for the Wildcats with double-digit hits ... The Wildcats have 10+ hits in seven of their last eight games ... Over that eight-game span, in which the Wildcats have a 5-3 record, they are batting .334 (96-for-287) with 15 doubles, six triples and nine home runs ... K-State is averaging 8 runs per game since April 15 (64 runs/8 games) ... Of the eight players who have played in all eight games since April 15, six are batting .333 or higher - led by Clayton Dalrymple (.471).
Tyler Moore reached base safely for the 20th straight game on Wednesday ... It is a personal-best on-base streak for the senior and the second longest by a Wildcat this year (Josh Rolette, 24 games) ... Moore has a .466 OBP over the streak, which started on March 24.
GRAB SOME PINE
K-State, which struck out six against Grand Canyon, has 327 strikeouts this season - already its most in a season since 2013 when it had 381 over 64 games ... The Wildcats are second among Big 12 teams in strikeouts for the overall season (Oklahoma State, 340).
50 AND OVER CLUB
The Wildcats’ strikeout leaders, Levi MaVorhis (56) and Parker Rigler (50), are the first set of K-State teammates with 50+ punchouts in the same season since Nate Williams (54), Joe Flattery (52) and Matt Wivinis (50) did it in 2013 ... MaVorhis is fifth in the Big 12 in strikeouts while Rigler is 10th.