Notes: K-State Heads West for Big 12/Pac-12 Showdown

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Thursday, Feb. 19 - 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. CT
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (0-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Bret Holten (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Stadium: Surprise Stadium (Surprise, Ariz.)
Series: First meeting
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - John Kurtz)
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Oregon State
Friday, Feb. 20 - 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT 
Probable Pitchers: RHP Levi MaVorhis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Stadium: Surprise Stadium (Surprise, Ariz.)
Series: Oregon St. leads, 5-4
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - John Kurtz)
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Saturday, Feb. 21 - 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. CT
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Fredendall (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Stadium: Sloan Park (Mesa, Ariz.)
Series: Washington leads, 5-1
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - John Kurtz)
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Washington State
Sunday, Feb. 22 - 11 a.m. MT/12 p.m. CT
Probable Pitchers: RHP Corey Fischer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Leonard
Stadium: Sloan Park (Mesa, Ariz.)
Series: Washington State leads, 3-2
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - John Kurtz)
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After a 2-2 record during its opening weekend in Port Charlotte, Florida, K-State will now travel west for four games in the Big 12/Pac-12 Showdown in Arizona ... The Wildcats will play their first two games at Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, taking on Utah on Feb. 19 and Oregon State on Feb. 20 ... The last two games (Washington on Feb. 21 and Washington St. on Feb. 22) will be played at Sloan Park, spring training home of the Chicago Cubs, in Mesa ... All games can be heard on 1350 KMAN, and ... Live stats will also be available on

After the first weekend, the K-State pitching staff finds itself atop the Big 12 leaderboard with 35 strikeouts ... The Wildcats lead Oklahoma (31) for the top spot among Big 12 teams in that category ... The Wildcats are averaging 8.75 strikeouts per nine innings, which beats out the next closest mark among Big 12 teams by nearly 2 strikeouts (T-2nd: Oklahoma State, West Virginia - 6.92) ... Three K-State pitchers are among the Big 12's top-five in strikeouts through opening weekend: 1st - Nate Griep, 7; T-2nd - Corey Fischer and Colton Kalmus, 6) ... Reliever Brandon Erickson is also among the conference's top-10 in strikeouts as he ranks tied for sixth with 5 ... Last season, the K-State pitching staff did not reach 35 strikeouts until the ninth game of the season (Feb. 28 vs. Grand Canyon) ... Wildcat pitchers have accumulated 9 or more strikeouts in three games so far this season, something it did not do a year ago when the group had just 2 games of 9 or more strikeouts.

With the help of the 35 strikeouts, the K-State pitching staff is also among the top teams around the Big 12 in team ERA with a 2.50 mark that ranks fourth ... K-State held its opponents to 3 earned runs or less in 3 of its 4 games so far this season, including a shutout against Pitt on Feb. 14 ... The shutout by K-State was its earliest in a season since 2007 when the Wildcats blanked Penn State, 5-0, in the season opener on Feb. 16 ... The Wildcats are coming off a season in which it had their most shutouts in a single campaign since 1991 but also had the Big 12's highest team ERA (4.91).

Powering the Wildcat pitching staff is the bullpen, which has a 2.00 ERA (4er, 18.0ip) entering this weekend ... The relievers have 19 of the team's 35 strikeouts while only issuing 6 walks ... They have also held opponents to a .225 batting average against ... Six of the 9 K-State relievers did not allow a run last weekend ... One of those 6, Colton Kalmus, has been moved into the rotation this weekend as he will start on Feb. 21 vs. Washington ... Another, Bryce Ward, became the first K-State freshman reliever to throw 3 shutout innings in his Wildcat debut since Kayvon Bahramzadeh in 2009.

STREAKING FROM 2014 to 2015
A pair of Wildcats have kept alive their respective on-base streaks carried over from last season into the second weekend of 2015 ... OF Max Brown has reached base safely in each of this season's first 4 games, bringing his active on-base streak to 10 games ... OF Clayton Dalrymple ended last year on an 8-game on-base streak and now has extended that stretch to 11 games after reaching safely in his 3 games played in 2015 ... Brown has a hit in each of the 4 games, batting .333 ... Dalrymple walked in his only at-bat on Feb. 13 vs. Iowa as he has 2 walks to go with 1 hit in 3 games (2 starts).

1B/DH Steve Serratore went 1-for-3 with an infield single in his K-State debut on Feb. 13 vs. Iowa, but over the final 3 games of the Florida trip, the junior college transfer reached base safely in 7 of his last 12 plate appearances (.583 OBP) ... Serratore, one of 4 Wildcats entering Arizona with a 4-game on-base streak, has reached base safely more than once in each of his last 3 games ... He had his first-career multi-hit game on Feb. 14 vs. George Mason, going 2-for-4 ... Serratore had a .418 OBP as a freshman at Des Moines Area CC (DMACC) while in an injury-shortened 2014, he still managed to post a .442 OBP.

SS Tyler Wolfe made his presence felt in his first games donning a Wildcat uniform by drawing a walk in each of last weekend's 4 games ... Wolfe currently leads the team with 4 walks ... He joins former DMACC teammate Steve Serratore, Max Brown and Carter Yagi as the owners of a 4-game on-base streak ... Wolfe has a .500 OBP so far this season, and he moved up in the lineup from the No. 7 and 8 spots over the first 3 games to the No. 2 spot on Feb. 15 vs. Saint Louis.

K-State will make its first trip to Arizona since 2009 when it played a two-game series against Arizona State in Surprise from March 10-11 ... The Wildcats split the two-game set against Arizona State that season, bringing their all-time record in the Grand Canyon State to 3-8.

K-State is a combined 7-13 against this weekend's opponents ... K-State and Utah have never met ... Against Oregon State, the Wildcats are 4-5, with the Beavers taking 3 of the last 4 meetings since 2012 ... In the Washington series, K-State trails, 1-5, with only one of those meetings happening in the last 22 years ... Against Washington State, the Wildcats are 2-3 ... The last time K-State and Washington St. was in the Fayetteville Regional in 2010 (the Wildcats lost both matchups) ... The last time K-State played Oregon St. or Washington St. was in an NCAA Regional ... K-State has not played a Pac-12 opponent in the regular season since 2011 ... All-time, K-State is 46-84 against current Pac-12 member schools ... Head coach Brad Hill is 2-6 all-time against this weekend's Pac-12 opponents.

Redshirt sophomore Nate Griep will make his second start of the season on Feb. 19 vs. Utah ... The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his 2015 debut on Feb. 13 vs. Iowa ... He also had 7 strikeouts, which are the most by a Big 12 pitcher entering the week ... Junior Levi MaVorhis will also make his second start of the season when he faces Oregon St. on Feb. 20 ... The right-hander threw six shutout innings to earn the win on Feb. 14 vs. Pitt ... MaVorhis needs 3 more wins to crack the K-State top-10 for career victories ... Redshirt sophomore Colton Kalmus will make his first start and second appearance of 2015 ... The right-hander threw 5.0 shutout innings on Feb. 14 vs. George Mason, which were the most shutout relief innings thrown by a Wildcat since 2011 (James Allen, 3/6/11 vs. Western Illinois) ... Junior Corey Fischer will make his second career start on Feb. 22 vs. Washington St. ... The right-hander surrendered just one unearned run in his Wildcat debut while fanning six - tied for the second-highest total among Big 12 pitchers entering the week.