Notes: K-State Hosts Creighton for Two-Game Set

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K-State (7-7) Continues Homestand, Hosts Creighton (5-5)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

All-time series: K-State leads, 49-38-1
Last Meeting: K-State won, 8-2, on March 30, 2014 in Omaha, Neb.

Tuesday, March 10
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Kyle Halbohn (0-1, 1.50) vs.RHP Taylor Elman (0-0, 4.26)
TV/Online Streaming: Cox Kansas/K-StateHD.TV (PBP - Mark Ewing; Analyst - Mike Clark)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Matt Walters)
Online Audio: Hereor

Promotions: Midweek Mini Plan (Ticket to all 6 midweek home games for $24 - 50% off regular price)

Wednesday, March 11
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs.RHP Rollie Lacy (1-0, 2.70)
TV/Online Streaming: Cox Kansas/K-StateHD.TV (PBP - Brian Smoller; Analyst - Craig Wilson)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Matt Walters)
Online Audio: Hereor

Promotions: Midweek Mini Plan (Ticket to all 6 midweek home games for $24 - 50% off regular price)

Continuing its season-long eight-game homestand, K-State will take on Creighton at Tointon Family Stadium on March 10-11 ... First pitch in game one is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday while game two will start at 3 p.m. on Wednesday ... K-State bounced back from its road trip to Cal, in which it was swept, by returning home and sweeping Santa Clara in its first home series of the season ... The sweep brought K-State's record back to .500 and enters them into the two-game set against Creighton on a season-high three-game winning streak ... The Bluejays, meanwhile, arrive in Manhattan on a three-game losing streak, including losing both games last weekend in their home-opening series against Minnesota ... Creighton was no-hit by the Golden Gophers in the series finale on Sunday.

K-State bounced back from being swept for the first time this season by sweeping an opponent for the first time, beating Santa Clara in all three games of the series last weekend ... The Wildcats outscored, 31-9, and out-hit, 37-17, the Broncos over the weekend, including scoring double-digit runs and tallying double-digit hits in the last two games ... K-State also did not commit an error while the Broncos had 9 ... It was the first time K-State had hosted an opponent from the West Coast Conference while it improved the Wildcats' all-time mark against the Broncos to 3-1.

K-State's sweep of Santa Clara continued a run of winning against nonconference opponents at home ... The Wildcats have won 23 of their last 24 home contests against nonconference opponents, a stretch that dates back to March 20, 2013 vs. Minnesota (W, 4-3) ... In 2014, K-State was 12-1 against nonconference opponents at home ... 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 the games at Tointon Family Stadium, giving the Wildcats 26 wins in their last 27 games against nonconference opponents at Tointon Family Stadium ... Since 2009, K-State is 88-13 (.871) in home nonconference games in the regular season ... Under head coach Brad Hill, K-State is 161-22 (.880) in home nonconference games during the regular season.

Junior transfer Tyler Moore became the first Wildcat to garner a Big 12 player of the week award this season as the catcher earned the conference's Newcomer of the Week honor for the period ending March 8 ... A Coffeyville (KS) Community College transfer, Moore hit .538 (7-for-13) with a double, a home run and 8 RBIs in the three-game series against Santa Clara ... He was also 3-for-4 in caught stealing attempts ... Moore drove in 5 runs on March 7, which were the most RBIs by a K-State catcher since May 4, 2005 (David Baker, 6, vs. Washburn) while his 4 hits on March 8 were the most by a K-State backstop since March 25, 2007 (Rob Vaughn, 4, at Texas).

K-State's offense broke out in a big way this past weekend, scoring 31 runs and registering 37 hits, 8 doubles, 4 triples and 7 stolen bases ... In its previous 3 games, K-State had 5 runs, 21 hits, 2 doubles, 0 triples and 2 stolen bases ... Entering last weekend, K-State had 12 doubles and 2 triples on the season, but now have 20 and 6, respectively ... The 6 triples are tied for the second most among Big 12 teams ... The Wildcats had a triple in each of the three games of the Santa Clara series, giving them a triple in 3 straight games for the first time since March 26-29, 2013 ... K-State has not had a triple in 4 or more consecutive games since March 3-8, 2013 (5 straight) ... Through the first 14 games of the season, K-State is averaging more runs per game (5.8 in 2015; 5.4 in 2014) compared to last year while it has more triples (6 vs. 2) and hits (127 vs. 116) as well.

After hitting .538 and .333, respectively, in the Santa Clara series, Tyler Moore and Danny Krause are among the Big 12's top-10 hitters in terms of batting average entering this week ... Moore is ninth in the conference with a .343 clip (12-for-35) while Krause is 10th (.340, 16-for-47) ... Krause is the current owner of an 11-game hitting streak, the longest such streak by a Wildcat this season ... Krause is batting .366 (15-for-41) over the stretch ... Moore is also the owner of an active hitting streak, with his sitting at a personal-best 4 games ... Over the 4-game span, Moore is batting .500 (8-for-16) with 9 RBIs.

The Wildcat pitching staff has 95 strikeouts in 14 games this season ... With 5 more strikeouts, the group of K-State hurlers would become the fastest Wildcat pitching corps to the 100-strikeout mark in a season since 2012 (14 games) ... The Wildcats have 5 or more strikeouts in 12 of the 14 contests this year.

The series against Creighton will represent K-State's first midweek matchups of the 2015 season ... The Wildcats are 19-5 in midweek games over the last two years, going 8-3 in 2014 and 11-2 in 2013.

K-State leads the all-time series against Creighton, 49-38-1 ... This week will mark the first time since 2010 that the Wildcats and Bluejays have met in Manhattan ... K-State lost the March 16, 2010 contest, 7-4 ... The Wildcats are 35-17-1 all-time against Creighton in Manhattan ... K-State won the last two games of the 2014 series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha to take the three-game set ... Last year's back-to-back wins were the first time the Wildcats had won consecutive games against the Bluejays since they won four in a row from March 28, 2001-February 18, 2003 ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 7-8 against Creighton, including 3-3 at home.

Tuesday starting pitcher Kyle Halbohn will make his first career start in a Wildcat uniform after his first 4 appearances this season were out of the K-State bullpen.