Notes: K-State Heads East for Series at West Virginia
Notes: K-State Heads East for Series at West Virginia
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AT THE PLATE
After its first midweek off in over a month, K-State returns to action with a three-game series at West Virginia April 15-17 at Monongalia County Ballpark ... The Wildcats are coming off a series loss to Texas in Manhattan last weekend, with the Wildcats salvaging a win in the series finale on Sunday ... K-State is 2-2 in its last four games ... The Wildcats are 5-8 in road/neutral games this season (0-3 in Big 12 play) ... West Virginia is 3-3 over its last six contests, with two defeats against Furman last weekend and a midweek loss against Pitt on Tuesday ... The Mountaineers are in the midst of a nine-game homestand ... They are 7-7 at home.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State lost its third straight series to open the Big 12 schedule, losing two of three against Texas in Manhattan ... The Wildcats were outscored in the series, 20-11, but only trailed in hits by three (32-29) ... In game one, after being held to one unearned run by Texas starting pitcher Morgan Cooper over six innings, the Wildcats pulled within three with a two-run home run by Jake Scudder in the eighth before falling 6-3 ... The Longhorns used two-run home runs by Kody Clemens and Kacy Clemens to help seal the win ... In game two, Texas used three solo home runs to help it take a 5-0 lead after the top of the sixth, but a three-run bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Tyler Moore, made it a two-run deficit for the Wildcats ... The Longhorns, however, answered with five runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to lead to a 12-5 win ... K-State picked up its lone win with the help of three late runs after the sixth inning, overcoming Texas’ 1-0 lead to win 3-2 ... Corey Fischer, Brandon Erickson and Lucas Benenati combined to hold the Longhorns to two runs in the finale.
INSIDE THE WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against West Virginia, 3-6 ... The Wildcats took the series opener against the Mountaineers in Manhattan in 2015 before dropping the last two contests ... The only previous meeting in Morgantown was in 2014 when West Virginia swept the Wildcats and outscored them, 22-7 ... K-State has lost five of the last six against West Virginia ... The Wildcats’ lone series win was in 2013 when it overcame a first-game loss in Manhattan ... Five of the nine games in the series have been decided by two runs or less.
K-State’s 3-2 win against Texas on April 10 was its first when it trailed after the sixth inning since May 16, 2015 at KU (6-4) ... The Wildcats had been 0-16 this season when trailing after six prior to last Sunday ... K-State has trailed after the sixth inning in six of its last seven games and in 12 of its last 15.
With the help of nine strikeouts in the series finale against Texas, the Wildcats lead the Big 12 in strikeouts in conference-only contests with 82 ... K-State is also pacing the league in K/9 innings with a 9.34 clip (next closest: TCU, West Virginia with 8.29) ... The Wildcats have eight or more strikeouts in seven of their nine Big 12 games this season ... Last year, K-State had eight or more strikeouts just twice in its 24 Big 12 games and finished the campaign with 109 ... In 2014, K-State had 88 strikeouts total in Big 12 play ... For overall games, K-State is second among Big 12 teams in strikeouts (268) and third in K/9 innings (8.23).
RING ‘EM UP
K-State’s strikeout leaders, Levi MaVorhis (45) and Parker Rigler (43), are looking to become the first set of K-State teammates to have 50 strikeouts in the same season since 2013 when Nate Williams (54), Joe Flattery (52) and Matt Wivinis (50) all crossed the threshold over a combined 223.0 innings (64 appearances) .... MaVorhis and Rigler have combined for 88 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings (17 games) so far this year ... MaVorhis, a senior, is fifth among Big 12 pitchers in strikeouts while Rigler, a junior, is tied for sixth.
Tyler Moore, who enters the weekend with a season-high 12-game on-base streak, is batting .526 (10-for-19) with a double, home run and seven RBI over his last five games ... The senior’s five-game hitting streak and 12-game on-base streak are the longest active stretches on K-State ... Since March 25 (nine games), Moore has driven in 10 of his 25 runs ... Moore is second on the team in RBI this season, trailing Jake Scudder (26).
JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Tyler Moore was one of 13 catchers added to the 2016 Johnny Bench Award Watch List earlier this week, an honor annually given to the top Division I catcher in June ... Moore was joined by Big 12 catchers Ray Guerrini of West Virginia and Michael Tinsley of KU to extend the watch list to 87 players ... Moore is the first K-State catcher to be named to the award’s watch list since 2014.
Clayton Dalrymple is the team leader and second among Big 12 hitters with 16 multi-hit games this season ... The senior has 10 multi-hit efforts over his last 16 games ... The 16 multi-hit games are the most in a season by a Wildcat since Shane Conlon had 16 in 2015 ... The last Wildcats with more than 16 multi-hit games in a campaign were RJ Santigate (19), Ross Kivett (19), Austin Fisher (18) and Conlon (17) in 2014 ... Dalrymple entered the season with 22 career multi-hit games.
LAW OF AVERAGES
Clayton Dalrymple enters the weekend 10th among Big 12 hitters with a team-best .336 batting average ... The outfielder has carried a .300+ batting average for all but five games this season ... He has been helped as of late by a 12-game stretch in which he is hitting .365 (19-for-52) with four doubles, a home run and seven RBI ... Dalrymple, who is fourth in the Big 12 in hits, is two hits shy of his career-high in overall games (47 in 2015) and four away from his personal-best in Big 12-only (17 in 2015).
TOUGH AGAINST RELIEF
K-State has been able to hit Big 12 bullpens well this season as it is batting .351 (26-for-74) against relievers over the last two conference series (at Texas Tech, vs. Texas) ... Against the Longhorns, the team hit .387 (12-for-31) against the stable of relievers (.236 against starters).
K-State’s 16 home runs this season are its most since 2013 (29) ... Jake Scudder leads the team with four homers (three in his last eight games).