Notes: K-State Takes on Nebraska in Midweek Road Game


GAME PREVIEW
APRIL 5, 6:30 PM

Hawks Field at Haymarket Park
Lincoln, NE

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
12-17 (0-6 Big 12)
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NEBRASKA
CORNHUSKERS
19-8 (5-1 Big Ten)
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Game notes (PDF)

AT THE PLATE
K-State will face Nebraska for the first of two times over the next 14 days on Tuesday when the Wildcats head to Lincoln for a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park ... The contest continues K-State’s four-game stint away from home as it played a three-game series at No. 22 Texas Tech last Saturday and Sunday ... The Wildcats are stuck in a four-game losing streak as well as a stretch in which they have lost 11 of their last 12 ... K-State’s last win was on March 29 vs. Omaha (W, 11-3) ... Nebraska, meanwhile, has bounced back from its 3-6 start to the season by winning 16 of its last 18 ... Of those 18 games, 13 have been at home where the Huskers are 11-2 ... K-State is 2-2 in midweek games this season while Nebraska is 5-0.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats were swept for the second time in as many Big 12 series last weekend at Texas Tech ... K-State dropped both contests of a doubleheader on Saturday, losing by a combined score of 20-7 ... In the finale on Sunday, the Wildcats lost their fourth one-run game of the conference season, 6-5 ... In game one of the doubleheader, a seven-run second inning by Texas Tech against Wildcat starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis proved to be enough in a 10-3 decision ... In game two, K-State scored the game’s first run in the first inning to take its only lead of the series, but 10 Texas Tech runs from the second through eighth helped the Red Raiders win 10-4 ... On Sunday, K-State pulled within one of Texas Tech twice, including in the ninth inning when the game-tying run was stranded at third base ... The Wildcats allowed four runs in the third inning of the 6-5 loss; however, a run in the fourth and three in the fifth allowed K-State to cut it to 5-4 halfway through the game ... Texas Tech hit two home runs in the finale, giving it six in the series.

INSIDE THE NEBRASKA SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Nebraska, 112-168 ... The former conference foes have played at least two midweek games against one another since 2012 ... Over the last four years, K-State is 5-6 against Nebraska ... The Wildcats have lost three straight to the Huskers, a span that started in a 14-5 loss on April 15, 2014 in Lincoln ... K-State’s last win, which capped a five-game winning streak against Nebraska, was on April 9, 2014 (10-6) in Lincoln ... The Wildcats are 40-89 all-time in Lincoln ... Head coach Brad Hill has a 16-22 career record against Nebraska (13-8 since 2009).

IN THE MARGIN
K-State has lost 12 of its last 14 games, but of those dozen defeats, seven are by two runs or less while another is in extra-innings ... The Wildcats have five one-run losses among their last eight total ... K-State is 1-6 in one-run games this year and 2-8 in games decided by two runs or less ... While seven of its 29 games this year have been decided by one run, K-State had nine games decided by one run last year (4-5 record) ... The Wildcats’ four one-run losses this year in Big 12 play are their most since 2011 (9).

OFFENSIVE FIVE
K-State has 61 hits over the last five games, helping the team bat .283 on the year (third among Big 12 teams) ... Since March 29 vs. Omaha, the Wildcats are hitting .328 (61-for-185) and averaging 6.6 runs per game ... The Wildcats also have a team OBP of .412 over the stretch, helped by 24 walks ... In addition to batting average, K-State is among the Big 12 leaders for the overall season in OBP (3rd, .383), runs (3rd, 185) and walks (T-4th, 133).

HEATING UP
Among the top Wildcat hitters over the last five games is Jake Scudder, who is batting .474 (9-for-19) with a double, home run, three RBI and two walks over the span ... His nine hits are tied with Clayton Dalrymple for the most on K-State since March 29 ... Scudder has turned in a pair of multi-hit games over the stretch, helping him total 10 on the year (T-3rd on K-State).

FROM THE TOP
Clayton Dalrymple, who is 9-for-23 (.391) over the last five games, enters the midweek the owner of an eight-game hitting streak ... It is one game shy of his season-high, set February 25-March 11 ... During the current eight-game hitting streak, the senior is batting .400 (14-for-35) with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and nine runs scored ... He has five multi-hit efforts over his last eight games, giving him a team-best 14 this season ... The hitting streak is also part of his 12-game on-base streak, which is two games shy of his season-high and second longest active streak on K-State ... Dalrymple is seventh in the Big 12 with a .342 batting average this season.

22 AND COUNTING
The longest active on-base streak by a Wildcat is owned by Josh Rolette, who has reached in 22 straight games ... The freshman has reached base safely two or more times in 16 of his last 22 games ... It is the longest on-base streak by a Wildcat in a single season since Tyler Wolfe ended the 2015 campaign with a 22-game stretch ... The last K-State single-season on-base streak longer than 22 games was by Ross Kivett in 2014 ... Rolette has a .459 OBP over the current on-base streak.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT
Josh Rolette is second among Big 12 freshmen - and tied for eighth among all conference hitters - in batting average with a .333 clip this season ... Rolette is also second on the team with a .424 OBP (min. 2.5 AB/team game).

YARD WORK
Clayton Dalrymple became the ninth different Wildcat to hit a home run this season as he swatted his first career homer in game one of the April 2 doubleheader at Texas Tech ... The nine Wildcats with a home run are the most since 2012 (9) ... The 13 total home runs by K-State help it rank fifth in the Big 12 in slugging (.384).

BIG 12 LEADER
The K-State pitching staff is pacing all Big 12 teams in strikeouts with 240 ... Last year, through the first 29 games of the season, the Wildcats had 167 punchouts ... Two years ago, K-State had 264 strikeouts for the entire season ... Last year, the Wildcats had 304.

SENIOR STARTER
Senior Brandon Erickson will make his first start of the season on Tuesday and third of his career ... Erickson is the seventh different starting pitcher utilized by K-State this season ... The right-hander is tied for fifth on the team in appearances (9).