Notes: K-State Faces Iowa in Home-Opening Series

March 6, 2014

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Iowa (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. K-State (4-7, 0-0 Big 12)
Tointon Family Stadium - Manhattan, Kan.


Friday, March 7 - 3 PM CT
RHP Calvin Mathews (1-0, 2.12) vs. RHP Levi MaVorhis (1-1, 3.93)

Big 12 Championship Koozie for first 500 fans
$3 tickets for Kansas State Faculty and Staff

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Saturday, March 8 - 3 PM CT
LHP Andrew Hedrick (2-0, 2.87) vs. LHP Jared Moore (2-1, 3.63)

Big 12 Championship Pennant for first 500 fans
Wildcat Weekend - $3 ticket with Men's Basketball vs. Baylor ticket

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Sunday, March 9 - 1 PM CT
RHP Tyler Peyton (2-0, 2.70) vs. LHP Landon Busch (1-1, 3.18)

Wildcat 4 Pack - 4 general admission tickets and 4 concession vouchers for $34
Willie's Fun Zone (Pregame)
Kids Run The Bases (Postgame)

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The Wildcats went 3-0 in last weekend's slate of games, beating Grand Canyon twice and trumping Missouri State on Saturday night. K-State opened the weeken with a 9-4 victory over Grand Canyon on Friday, led by a career-high 7 1/3 innings from starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis. On Saturday morning against the Antelopes, southpaw Landon Busch threw his first career complete game, holding Grand Canyon to one run in K-State's 11-1 victory. Against Missouri State, three Wildcats - Ross Kivett, Shane Conlon and Austin Fisher - eached recorded three base hits, with Fisher hitting a double and home run in the Wildcats' 8-3 win over the Bears. The games were played in Abilene, Texas because K-State's originally scheduled games at home against Milwaukee were canceled due to winter weather conditions. The Wildcats' game against Abilene Christian on Sunday, March 2 was canceled due to freezing temperatures and rain.

K-State is 9-7 all-time against Iowa, including taking two of three games against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City last season. The two programs have not met in Manhattan since 1999. The Wildcats won both games - 9-4 and 5-4 (10) - at Tointon Family Stadium back in 1999. K-State has won nine of the last 11 meetings against Iowa, dating back to 1982. Of the 16 games in the Iowa series, 12 have been played in Manhattan. K-State is 6-6 all-time against Iowa in Manhattan.

After playing its first 11 games of the season on the road, K-State will open the home portion of its 2014 schedule on Friday, March 7. The Wildcats went 4-7 in the first 11 games of this season. The last time K-State opened a campaign with 11 straight games away from Manhattan was 2010, when the Wildcats started the year 9-2. This season is just the third time in the last 42 seasons that K-State has started a season with at least 11 straight games outside of Manhattan (2007, 2010, 2014).

The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Tointon Family Stadium for the first time since hosting the Manhattan Regional last May. Last year, K-State went 27-7 at Tointon Family Stadium, falling three wins short of matching the program record for home victories in a season. Of the Wildcats' 27 home wins last season, 24 were during the regular season while the other three were during the Manhattan Regional. Since 2009, K-State is 112-40 (.737) at Tointon Family Stadium.

Ross Kivett earned his first career Big 12 Player of the Week award on March 3 after batting .500 (6-for-12) with three RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored in last week's three games. The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year tied for the conference lead in batting average for the week and was tied for second in hits and tied for third in stolen bases. He went 4-for-5 with runners in scoring position and two of his three RBI were registered with two outs. Kivett also started and played center field for the first time in his K-State career, recording an outfield assist and converting eight errorless putouts.

K-State starting pitchers have posted career-highs for innings pitched in three straight games, helping the Wildcats go 3-0. Levi MaVorhis threw 7 1/3 innings on Feb. 28 vs. Grand Canyon, Landon Busch threw a nine-inning complete game on March 1 vs. Grand Canyon, and Jared Moore tossed 7.0 innings on March 1 vs. Missouri State. The last time K-State had its starting pitchers throw 7 or more innings in three straight games was March 8-12, 2013.

In the last three games, K-State starting pitchers have a 2.70 ERA (7er, 23.1ip), and for the season, Wildcat starting pitchers have a 3.41 ERA (22er, 58.0ip). The Wildcats have also notched a quality start in each of the last three games, which is the first time since March 22-23, 2013 that K-State has recorded three consecutive quality starts.

K-State outscored its opponents 28-8 in the last three games and won all three contests by a margin of five or more runs. In each of K-State's four wins this season, the Wildcats have won by five or more runs. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 37-12 in the four wins (average margin of victory: 6.25 runs). In the seven losses, K-State has been outscored by its opponents, 47-19, or an average margin of defeat of four runs.

K-State has scored first in five straight games and six times this season. The Wildcats have gone 3-2 in the last five games and are 3-3 in games in which they score first. Last season, K-State scored first in 33 of its 64 games, posting a 25-8 record in such contests.

In the last three games, K-State has recorded double-digit hits and owns a team batting average of .350 (36-for-103) with 12 extra-base hits and 28 runs scored. In the first eight games of the season, K-State was batting .214 (53-for-248) with eight extra-base hits and 28 runs scored. The recent three-game stretch has helped K-State raise its team batting average 40 points, to .254 (89-for-351). In addition to recording 10 or more hits in each of its last three games, K-State has double digit hits in five of its last six contests.

K-State has come through with runners in scoring position in the last three games, batting .405 (17-for-42) in such situations. Of the 26 RBI in the last three games, 10 have been recorded with two outs. K-State is batting .359 (14-for-39) with two outs in the last three games.

Senior Ross Kivett moved into K-State's top-10 for career hits last week after recording six hits over the three games. Kivett enters the Iowa series with 218 hits in a Wildcat uniform, tying him with Greg Korbe (1975-78) for ninth on K-State's all-time career hits list. Kivett needs one hit to tie Chris Hess for eighth on K-State's all-time career hits list. Kivett is four hits behind Texas' Mark Payton for the most career hits by an active Big 12 player.