Notes: K-State Heads to Texas Tech for First Big 12 Road Test
Notes: K-State Faces First Big 12 Road Test
AT THE PLATE
After a pair of non-conference midweek matchups, K-State returns to Big 12 action as it plays a three-game series at Texas Tech (17-8, 5-1 Big 12) Friday through Sunday ... The series will the Wildcats’ first true road set since Opening Weekend at UC Riverside February 19-22 ... K-State has lost eight of its last nine, a stretch that includes a sweep at the hands of No. 19 Oklahoma State last weekend in Manhattan ... The Wildcats are 4-5 in road/neutral games this season, with their last win in such a contest taking place on February 28 vs. Utah in Surprise, Arizona ... Texas Tech has won eight of its last 10, including series wins at Baylor (March 18-20) and against Oklahoma (March 24-26) ... The Red Raiders have a four-game home winning streak and are 9-4 at home this year.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State split its midweek games at home this past week, beating Omaha on Tuesday, 11-3, and then falling to Oral Roberts in 11 innings, 14-10 ... The win over Omaha snapped K-State’s season-high seven-game losing streak while the loss to the Golden Eagles was its second in extras over the last three contests ... The Wildcats matched their then-season-high in hits on Tuesday by tallying 17 and scoring their most runs since March 16 vs. Stephen F. Austin ... Logan Wiley threw a season-high five innings in the start to pick up the winning decision ... On Wednesday, K-State erased a five-run deficit in the sixth and took a two-run lead in the seventh, but six unanswered runs after the eighth inning by Oral Roberts resulted in the loss ... The defeat also snapped K-State’s 36-game winning streak when leading after eight innings ... The Wildcats had a season-high 20 hits in the loss.
INSIDE THE TEXAS TECH SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Texas Tech, 26-33-1 ... The Wildcats have lost five of the last six against the Red Raiders ... Last year, K-State grabbed the series opener, 5-3, before losing the final two games to drop the set ... Last time in Lubbock, Texas Tech swept K-State ... K-State is 8-18-1 all-time in Lubbock, losing four straight entering the weekend ... Its last win at Rip Griffin Park was on May 18, 2012 (5-1) ... Under head coach Brad Hill, K-State is 19-17-1 against the Red Raiders.
K-State, playing 17 of its 18 games at home in the month of March, hit .297 as a team in the third month while it had a 5.27 ERA ... K-State had the second-highest batting average for March among Big 12 teams (TCU, .309) ... The Wildcats also averaged 6.9 runs per game ... In their eight wins, K-State scored 10 or more runs five times ... In the 10 losses, six were by margins of two runs or less.
Over its last two games, K-State has amassed 37 hits, including a season-high 20 on Wednesday against Oral Roberts ... The 20 hits were the most for the Wildcats since March 15, 2014 against Northern Colorado in game one of a doubleheader ... K-State has recorded 17 or more hits in five games, with four of the five times being at home ... Over the last two games, K-State is hitting .416 as a team and features six hitters with clips .400 or higher ... Jake Wodtke leads the way by going 6-for-9 (.667) over the stretch ... For the overall season, K-State is third among Big 12 teams with a .287 clip.
In addition to the 17+ hits, the Wildcats have scored 10 or more runs in each of their last two games ... It is the first time K-State has scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games since it did it in four straight games February 28-March 6 ... The Wildcats (173) have scored the third-most runs among Big 12 teams entering the weekend (TCU - 198, Texas Tech - 181).
Helping fuel the K-State offense as of late is senior Clayton Dalrymple, who his batting .410 (16-for-39) over the last nine games ... The leadoff hitter also has five doubles and five RBI over the same stretch ... He has registered seven multi-hit games over the nine-game span, including four consecutive entering the weekend ... He leads the team with 13 multi-hit games this season, which match his career-high (2015).
AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS
Among Big 12 hitters, Clayton Dalrymple is seventh in batting average (.346) as well as tied for third - with Jake Wodtke - in hits ... He and Wodtke have 72 hits combined ... Dalrymple is also pacing the Big 12 in runs (28) and stolen bases (12).
PARTY OF FIVE
Jake Scudder led the seven Wildcats with multi-hit games against Oral Roberts by going 5-for-6 ... The five hits were the most by a Wildcat since Tanner Witt had five against Nebraska in April 2013 ... It was Scudder’s first multi-hit game since March 18 ... The junior is tied for fourth on K-State with nine multi-hit games this year.
Scudder and Josh Rolette each had a home run against Oral Roberts, which were the second of the season for both newcomers ... This year, K-State has four different hitters with multiple home runs, the most since 2014 ... In addition to Scudder and Rolette, Tyler Moore (2) and Steve Serratore (2) have more than one homer.
While he has two home runs over his last five games, freshman Josh Rolette has hit nearly .400 over his last 14 contests as he is batting .390 (23-for-59) with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI since March 11 ... Rolette has the most hits among Big 12 freshmen, tabulating 31 on the year ... He is also tied for fifth on K-State with 15 RBI, a total helped by his six straight games with an RBI entering the weekend (8 RBI over the entire stretch).
Levi MaVorhis, the K-State leader in strikeouts, has the most strikeouts by a Wildcat pitcher through the month of March since A.J. Morris had 49 in 2009 ... The senior has 31 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings in his last four starts ... He is currently third among Big 12 pitchers in punchouts and needs seven more to already match his career-high (48 in 84 1/3 innings in 2014).
GRAB SOME PINE
K-State is tied with Oklahoma State for the Big 12 lead in strikeouts with 218 ... The Wildcats have 10+ strikeouts in each of their three Big 12 games and in 10 games total this year.