March 7, 2014 - Postgame Notes

March 7, 2014

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Friday’s home opener had a crowd of 3,090 – the second-largest Opening Day crowd in Tointon Family Stadium. In 2011, 3,192 K-State fans attended the Wildcats’ home opener.

 

K-State is in the midst of a season-high four-game winning streak after the 3-2 win over Iowa.

 

In the last four games, 14 different Wildcat hitters have driven in a run, combining for 29 RBI. In Friday’s 3-2 win over Iowa, three Wildcats – Shane Conlon, Kyle Speer and Alex Bee – each had an RBI.

 

The Wildcats have won three straight against Iowa after they won the final two games of the three-game set in 2013. In the last 12 meetings between the two programs, K-State is 10-2.

 

Levi MaVorhis threw six-plus innings on Friday, giving him back-to-back quality starts for the first time in his career. MaVorhis is the first K-State pitcher to have back-to-back quality starts since Matt Wivinis on March 16 and 23, 2013.

 

MaVorhis has thrown six or more innings in each of his last three starts. It is the first time in the sophomore’s career he has reached the six-inning plateau in three consecutive outings.

 

Austin Fisher went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday, extending his season-opening on-base streak to 12 games. It is Fisher’s fourth career on-base streak of 10 games or more after he had three double-digit streaks in 2013. Fisher’s current on-base streak is the longest to start a season since Shane Conlon reached base in 15 straight games to start the 2013 campaign.

 

Shane Conlon and Ross Kivett join Austin Fisher as the three Wildcats with active on-base streaks of 10 or more games. Conlon had two hits on Friday vs. Iowa, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. Kivett, meanwhile, has a 10-game on-base streak after going 1-for-3 with two walks on Friday.

 

Jake Matthys’ save vs. Iowa was the right-hander’s first of 2014 and 10th in his career. Matthys is now tied with Brett Bock (1991-93) for sixth all-time in K-State history with 10 career saves.

 

The K-State bullpen has not allowed a run in its last 7 2/3 innings pitched, dating back to Jake Fromson’s shutout eighth inning on Feb. 23 at Saint Mary’s. During the Wildcats’ current four-game winning streak, the pitching staff has posted a 2.25 ERA (9er, 36.0ip), buoyed by the 0.00 ERA from the bullpen.

 

Friday’s win was the first one-run victory for the Wildcats this season after their previous four wins were all decided by five or more runs. K-State had 15 one-run victories in 2013.