K-State Rides Winning Streak into N. Colorado Series

March 13, 2014

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Northern Colorado (5-13, 0-0 WAC) vs. K-State (8-7, 0-0 Big 12)
Tointon Family Stadium - Manhattan, Kan.

Friday, March 14 - 6:30 PM CT
RHP Connor Leedholm (0-2, 6.75) vs. RHP Levi MaVorhis (2-1, 3.70)

Watch Friday's game here on K-StateHD.TV

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN

Play-by-play: Brian Smoller and Matt Walters

Saturday, March 15 - 2 PM CT - Doubleheader
Game 1: RHP Josh Tinnon (2-2, 4.07) vs. LHP Jared Moore (3-1, 3.63)
Game 2: RHP Chris Hammer (1-3, 4.67) vs. LHP Landon Busch (1-1, 4.82)

Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game

Watch Saturday's games here on K-StateHD.TV

Hear them on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN

Play-by-play: Brian Smoller and Matt Walters

Wildcat 4 Pack - 4 general admission tickets and 4 concession vouchers for $34

K-State continues its nine-game homestand with a three-game series against Northern Colorado of the WAC. The Wildcats, riding a seven-game winning streak, are 8-7, which is the first time they have been above .500 this season. Northern Colorado is 5-13 on the year, but it is 3-3 in the last six games. The Bears split a pair of games at Nebraska this past Tuesday and Wednesday, losing 10-2 in the first game and then winning 9-2 in the second contest.

The Wildcats extended their winning streak with a 6-5 walk-off win over Omaha on Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium. With the score tied at 5-5, K-State loaded the bases in the ninth before Clayton Dalrymple scored on a wild pitch with two outs to score the game-winning run. K-State, which grabbed a 2-0 lead after the first three innings, was forced to rally in the sixth as it trailed 4-2 following a three-run top half of the sixth by Omaha. Mitch Meyer hit a two-out, three-run home run in the sixth to give the Wildcats a 5-4 lead. Omaha tied the game in the eighth, however, when Alex Schultz hit a solo home run off K-State reliever Ethan Landon to make it 5-5. Jake Matthys earned the win after throwing a perfect ninth inning while Anthony Falcone took the loss for Omaha. Clayton Dalrymple and Ross Kivett each had two hits for K-State, combining for four of the Wildcats' seven hits on the night. Wildcat starting pitcher Nate Griep did not factor into the decision after he allowed three runs, one earned, while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.

K-State is 13-1 all-time against Northern Colorado, with the only Wildcat loss in the series coming in the last meeting on March 13, 2013 in Manhattan. The Wildcats were blanked, 3-0, in the second game of a two-game set last season - a day after shutting out the Bears, 11-0. The Wildcats have outscored the Bears, 115-34, in the all-time series. The first meeting between the two programs was on April 28, 1990, but six of the 14 games have taken place in the last three seasons.

K-State's current seven-game winning streak is its longest since March 9-16, 2012 when it also won seven games in a row. The seven-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest under head coach Brad Hill (since 2004). The Wildcats have strung together a seven-game winning streak under Hill's direction six times - all of which have taken place in the last six seasons. The last time K-State won more than seven games in a row was when the Wildcats set a program-record with a 16-game winning streak from February 24-March 24, 2006.

In the last seven games, K-State has outscored its opponents 54-25 while out-hitting the other side, 70-60 - including 24-11 in extra-base hits. The Wildcats are hitting .306 as a team over the stretch while opponents are hitting .252. The K-State pitching staff has posted a 3.00 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 18 walks in the last seven games. Over the same stretch, opposing pitchers have a combined 6.90 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 30 walks.

In addition to its overall seven-game winning streak, K-State has won 15 straight nonconference home games. The Wildcats' last loss at home against a nonconference opponent was on March 19, 2013 vs. Minnesota. In the last six seasons, K-State is 79-13 (.859) against nonconference foes at Tointon Family Stadium.

Wednesday's victory over Omaha was K-State's first walk-off win of 2014 and first since May 17, 2013 vs. Oklahoma when the Wildcats won the Big 12 title. Each of K-State's last three walk-off wins have been on a wild pitch or passed ball. The Wildcats beat Wichita State, 7-6, on April 6, 2013 on a passed ball in the ninth inning.

NO. 600
With the first game of the series against Northern Colorado, Brad Hill will coach his 600th game at the helm of K-State. The 11th-year head coach has a record of 346-250-3 (.580) with the Wildcats. His 346 wins are second-most in program history, trailing Mike Clark's 435. In his first 10 seasons at K-State, Hill has led the Wildcats to a winning record in seven seasons.

Mitch Meyer hit his first home run of the season and sixth of his career on Wednesday to give K-State a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. It was Meyer's first home run since May 11, 2013 vs. Kansas. In his last two games, Meyer is batting .429 (3-for-7) with a double, home run and five RBI. Meyer is tied with RJ Santigate for the team-lead with 10 RBI this season. 

Shane Conlon extended his on-base streak to a team-best 14 games on Wednesday after he went 0-for-2 with a walk and hit by pitch. Conlon is approaching his career-high on-base streak of 16 games set from April 2-27, 2013. Since not reaching base in his four plate appearances on Opening Day at Cal Poly, Conlon has been able to reach base safely in 14 straight games by tallying16 hits, five walks and five hit by pitches. Conlon is tied with Ross Kivett for the team-lead in hit by pitches.

Ross Kivett is not far behind Conlon's on-base streak as the K-State center fielder is in the midst of a 13-game on-base streak. Over his last seven games, Kivett has a .548 OBP as he has drawn six walks, hit by a pitch once and recorded 10 hits.

Clayton Dalrymple notched his second multi-hit game of the season on Wednesday, both of which have occurred in his last six contests. Since March 1, Dalrymple is batting .500 (6-for-12) with an RBI, four walks and five runs scored. He has a team-best .647 OBP over the six-game span.

During the seven-game winning streak, the K-State bullpen has a 2.11 ERA (5er, 21.1ip). Opponents are hitting .230 against Wildcat relievers over the stretch.