Notes: Wildcats Face Baylor in Big 12 Home Series
Notes: Wildcats Face Baylor in Big 12 Home Series
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AT THE PLATE
AT THE PLATE
K-State returns to Big 12 play this weekend when it hosts Baylor (17-20, 4-8 Big 12) in a three-game series at Tointon Family Stadium Friday-Sunday ... The Wildcats are 4-4 in their last eight games but have lost two straight after losing in a one-run game at West Virginia last Sunday and then 5-1 in 11 innings against Nebraska on Tuesday ... Baylor, meanwhile, is 2-6 over its last eight games and has lost four in a row after being swept by Oklahoma State last weekend and then falling to Sam Houston State on Tuesday ... K-State enters the weekend ninth in the Big 12 standings, trailing KU by half a game for eighth and Oklahoma and Baylor by one game for seventh ... The Wildcats are 9-12 at home this season while the Bears are 4-6 on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State lost its third extra-inning game of the season on Tuesday, dropping a 5-1 contest against Nebraska in 11 innings ... After Nebraska struck first with a run in the fourth, the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and came away with a lone run on a Cory Wright pinch-hit sacrifice fly to tie the game ... Four K-State relievers held the Huskers scoreless for six innings before Nebraska struck for four runs in the 11th to decide the game ... The Huskers plated all of its runs off Lucas Benenati, who took his second loss in as many games ... K-State scratched out 11 hits, all singles, in the loss but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position ... Nebraska was 1-for-8 in RBI opportunities until the 11th (finished 4-for-14) ... Tyler Wolfe had a game-high four hits for the Wildcats while Clayton Dalrymple and Quintin Crandall added two hits apiece ... Nebraska’s Chad Luensmann earned the win by holding the Wildcats scoreless over two innings ... The Wildcats were able to load the bases in the bottom of the 11th off Luensmann to bring the game-tying run to the plate, but a 4-6-3 double play ended the contest.
INSIDE THE BAYLOR SERIES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Baylor 23-43 ... However, over the last seven meetings, K-State is 5-2 ... The seven-game stretch started with K-State’s 13-9 win over the Bears in the Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City in May 2013 ... The Wildcats are 13-14 all-time at home in the series ... K-State claimed the last series in Manhattan in 2014 (2-1) and have won two of the last three sets at home ... The Wildcats have held Baylor to four runs or less in six straight games ... The last five matchups - and eight of the last 10 - have been decided by three runs or less.
In K-State’s 12 conference games this season, half have been decided by one run, with K-State holding a 1-5 record in such contests ... K-State leads all Big 12 teams in one-run games during the conference season so far (2nd: Baylor and Oklahoma State with five) ... All four conference series finales have been decided by one run ... It is the most one-run games in Big 12 play for the Wildcats since 2013 when they were 9-2 in such contests ... Last year, K-State played in just two one-run Big 12 games.
Over the last five games, K-State starting pitchers have combined for a 1.44 ERA (4er, 25.0ip) ... The group of four starters includes Levi MaVorhis (0 ER, 8.0 IP), Logan Wiley (0 ER, 3.0 IP), Corey Fischer (2 ER, 9.2 IP over 2 starts) and Parker Rigler (2 ER, 4.1 IP) ... The starters also have 19 strikeouts against four walks while they are holding opponents to a .234 batting average against ... No starter has a clip against higher than .250.
So far in the month of April, starting pitcher Corey Fischer has a 2.19 ERA (3er, 12.1ip), 11 strikeouts and a .261 batting average against in three starts ... The stretch continues his strong career numbers in April as he has a 1.19 ERA (3er, 22.2ip) over nine appearances ... In each of his three April starts this year, the senior has allowed just one earned run and not yielded more than four hits ... He is coming off an outing in which he threw 5 2/3 innings at West Virginia, his most innings thrown since February 25 vs. #5 Oregon State.
Levi MaVorhis continues to etch his name in the K-State record books as the senior moved up into a tie for fifth on the program’s career wins list after he notched his 17th victory last Saturday at West Virginia ... The Big 12’s active career wins leader will also enter K-State’s top-10 for career starts on Saturday when he makes his 33rd (ties him with A.J. Morris and Jeff Peterson) ... The right-hander (216.2 IP) is in position to crack the top-10 in career innings pitched as he needs 2 1/3 innings to match Matt Applegate for 10th (Morris is 9th with 220.0 IP).
BIG 12 LEADERS
The K-State pitching staff enters the weekend pacing the Big 12 with 98 strikeouts in conference-only games ... The Wildcats also lead the league with 8.4 K/9 innings in conference play ... Last season in Big 12 action, K-State had 109 punchouts in 24 games ... In overall games, K-State is second among Big 12 teams with 296 strikeouts ... The Wildcats only need eight more strikeouts to match their total from all of last season (304).
The Wildcats have double-digit hits in three of their last four games and in four of their last six ... Over the last six contests (since April 9), K-State is batting .307 (54-for-176) and averaging just over six runs per game ... For the overall season, K-State’s 365 hits are the fourth most among Big 12 teams.
ONE IS NOT ENOUGH
Clayton Dalrymple, the team leader in hits with a career-high 53, has produced a multi-hit game in three of the last four contests ... The senior leads the Big 12 with 19 multi-hit efforts, 10 of which have occurred over the last 15 games ... His 19 multi-hit games are the most by a Wildcat since 2014 when RJ Santigate and Ross Kivett had the same total ... Prior to this season, Dalrymple had 22 career multi-hit games over three seasons.
AMONG THE LEADERS
Helped by the 19 multi-hit games, Clayton Dalrymple enters the weekend seventh in the Big 12 with a .349 batting average while ranked fourth in hits (53).
Tyler Moore, the team leader in Big 12-only batting average (.386), is hitting .484 (15-for-31) with a .541 OBP and 10 RBI over his last nine games.