Notes: Cats Open Home Slate vs. Santa Clara

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K-State (4-7) Opens Home Slate vs. Santa Clara (7-5)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

All-time series: Santa Clara leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Santa Clara won, 9-2, on February 23, 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Friday, March 6
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (1-1, 3.05 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob Steffens (2-1, 3.20 ERA)
TV/Online Streaming: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Matt Walters)
Online Audio: Hereor

Promotions: Free White Jersey Koozies (First 250 fans)

Saturday, March 7
First Pitch: 2 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (0-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Peter Hendron (1-0, 6.14 ERA)
TV/Online Streaming: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Matt Walters)
Online Audio: Hereor

Sunday, March 8
First Pitch: 12 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Corey Fischer (1-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. LHP Kevin George (1-0, 1.88 ERA)
TV/Online Streaming: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Matt Walters)
Online Audio: Hereor

Promotions: Wildcat 4 Pack (4 general admission tickets & concession vouchers for $34), Willie's Fun Zone (pre-game), Kids Run the Bases (post-game)

Following being swept last weekend at Cal, K-State will open its 2015 home schedule with a three-game series against Santa Clara at Tointon Family Stadium from March 6-8 ... The Wildcats are on a season-high three-game losing streak entering this weekend while also dropping five of their last six ... The Broncos arrive in Manhattan coming off a midweek shutout (3-0) at Cal Poly on Tuesday and a four-game split last weekend at home vs. Eastern Michigan ... For K-State, the series will kick off an eight-game homestand, with a two-game midweek series vs. Creighton set for March 10-11 and a three-game set vs. Missouri State from March 13-15.

After last weekend's original home series against Eastern Illinois was canceled, K-State headed west to play at Cal from Saturday-Monday ... The Wildcats were swept by the Golden Bears, the first time K-State was swept in a nonconference series since Feb. 13-15, 2014 at Cal Poly ... K-State scored two runs or less in each of the three games as it was outscored, 19-5 ... The Wildcats did bring at least the game-tying run to the plate in the ninth inning in the first two games before falling by a two- and four-run margin, respectively ... K-State dropped to 0-7 all-time vs. Cal and 2-5 against the Pac-12 Conference this season.

With the first 11 games of the season being played on the road, K-State will finally open its 26-game home schedule with this weekend's series vs. Santa Clara ... The Wildcats have fared well in their home openers since 2009, winning five of the last six contests (lone loss: 2012 vs. Pacific, 7-2) ... As for the first home series of a season, K-State has not lost a set in 11 years under head coach Brad Hill ... K-State has swept its opposition in 8 of the 11 first home series to a campaign, posting a combined 32-3 record in those series ... The Wildcats have swept the last two home-opening series: Oakland in 2013 and Iowa in 2014.

Santa Clara represents one of the seven different nonconference opponents in 2015 scheduled to play at Tointon Family Stadium, a place where K-State has won 20 of its last 21 regular season games against nonconference opponents ... The stretch, which dates back to a 4-3 win on March 20, 2013 vs. Minnesota, includes a 12-1 mark in all of 2014 and eight straight regular season wins to end the 2013 slate ... Although it was not the official home team in two of the three games during the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional, K-State did win all three of Regional games, improving its record to 23-1 against nonconference opponents when playing at Tointon Family Stadium since 3/20/13 ... Since 2009, K-State is 85-13 (.867) against nonconference opponents at home in the regular season ... Under head coach Brad Hill, the Wildcats are 158-22 (.878) against nonconference opponents at home in the regular season.

OF/C Danny Krause enters the weekend with an 8-game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak by a Wildcat so far this season ... Over the 8-game stretch, Krause is batting .379 (11-for-29) with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and 6 runs scored ... He has 2 multi-efforts during the stretch, including a season-high 3 hits at Cal on February 28 ... His one hit on February 19 vs. Utah (second game within the streak) was a walk-off single in K-State's 3-2 win ... Overall this season, Krause is batting a team-best .343 (12-for-35) and has a hit in 9 of his 10 games played.

Leadoff hitter 3B Carter Yagi is pacing the Wildcats with 11 runs scored as he has scored a run in 6 of his last 8 games ... Ten of his 11 runs scored have occurred over the stretch ... Yagi has scored 55% of the time when he reaches base (11/20) ... When Yagi reaches base to lead off an inning, he has come around to score in 5 of the 8 instances.

K-State has successfully utilized the sacrifice bunt 11 times this season, helping it pace the Big 12 in sacrifice hits (T-25th in Division I) ... Next closest among the Big 12 leaders in sac hits are Texas and Oklahoma State with 9 ... Last year, the Wildcats had 31 sac hits in 55 games ... The Wildcats are on pace for 56 sac bunts this season, which would be tied for the fourth-most in program history.

The K-State offense had 6 or fewer strikeouts in each of the three games at Cal last weekend, keeping its season total to 69, which is the second-lowest total among Big 12 teams (fewest: Texas Tech, 54) ... The Wildcats have 6 or fewer strikeouts in 6 of their 11 games, including 4 or less in 3, despite having 8 of its 15 hitters to log an at-bat this season having never played at the Division I level prior to 2015.

K-State's Friday starter, Nate Griep, enters the weekend among the Big 12's top pitchers through the first three weeks, ranking in the conference's top-10 for innings pitched (first, 20.2), strikeouts (third, 21) and opponent batting average (fourth, .183) ... He is also one of two Big 12 pitchers this season to already have logged a complete game, joined by TCU's Preston Morrison.

1B Shane Conlon and DH/1B Steve Serratore both have reached base safely in all 11 games this season ... For Conlon, it is the second time in his career he has started a season with a double-digit on-base streak ... In 2013, he started the campaign with a 15-game on-base streak (and hitting streak) ... In 2014, after not reaching base safely in the season opener at Cal Poly on February 13, Conlon went on to reach in the next 21 games to set a personal-best in on-base streak ... Serratore, meanwhile, has a hit in 9 of his 11 games this season, helping him bat .294 to go with his .442 OBP ... Serratore is second to Clayton Dalrymple on K-State in OBP.

OF Clayton Dalrymple tallied a pair of multi-hit games during the Cal series, going 2-for-3 on February 28 and 3-for-4 on March 2 ... The multi-hit game on February 28 was his first since April 11, 2014 at Texas Tech while the 3 hits on March 2 matched his career-high, which has been set 3 times ... Since starting on February 15 vs. Saint Louis, Dalrymple is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with a .519 OBP ... Entering the weekend, Dalrymple leads the Wildcats with a .500 OBP ... Dalrymple, who has 24 at-bats in 11 team games this season, would rank fourth in the Big 12 if he had 4 more at-bats to qualify (needs 2.5 AB/team game).

K-State and Santa Clara have only met once prior to this weekend, with the Wildcats falling to the Broncos, 9-2, on February 23, 2008 at Santa Clara ... Similar to this year, the 2008 contest was immediately after also playing at Cal ... K-State is 14-14 all-time against opponents from the West Coast Conference (WCC) ... The Wildcats played 3 WCC opponents in 2014, going a combined 1-3 against San Francisco, Portland and Saint Mary's ... This weekend will mark the first time K-State has hosted an opponent from the WCC.

This weekend's group of starters has combined to hold opponents to a .219 batting average against (39-for-178) ... Friday's starter has held opponents to a .183 batting average against (13-for-71) in his team-best 20 2/3 innings ... Griep has thrown back-to-back quality starts entering this weekend, including a tough-luck loss on February 28 at Cal (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 K, 3 BB) ... The 8 strikeouts for Griep at Cal are a career-high ... Saturday's starter Colton Kalmus, who has held opponents to a .213 batting average against, is coming off a loss at Cal on March 1 in which he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 3 1/3 innings ... Sunday's starter Corey Fischer allowed 5 first-inning runs in his last start on March 2 at Cal, finishing the day throwing 4+ innings and allowing 6 hits and 4 walks ... 3 of the walks and one of the hits occurred after the first inning ... Fischer is second on K-State with 13 strikeouts.