Notes: Cats Open Texas Trip at Stephen F. Austin

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K-State (10-9) Begins Texas Trip at Stephen F. Austin
Location: Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches, Texas

All-time series: First Meeting

Tuesday, March 17
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Kyle Halbohn (1-1, 2.00 ERA)vs. LHP Eric Polivka (0-2, 15.09 ERA)
TV/Online Streaming: None
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Brian Smoller)
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Wednesday, March 18
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Mark Biesma (0-1, 9.00 ERA)vs. TBD
TV/Online Streaming: None
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Brian Smoller)
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K-State will begin its week in Texas with a two-game midweek series at Stephen F. Austin from March 17-18 at Jaycees Field ... After the Wildcats have played their last eight games at home -- going 6-2 during the homestand -- K-State will play a total of five games in Texas with a three-game Big 12 series at Texas slated for this weekend ... K-State is coming off a weekend series win over Missouri State, with the Wildcats taking the first two games, both by 4-run margins, before losing the finale on Sunday, 10-7 ... Stephen F. Austin, meanwhile, is 6-15 on the season and coming off a series loss at New Orleans this past weekend ... The Lumberjacks, who have been on the road for the last 5 games, are 3-7 at home this season ... K-State is 0-3 in true road games this season and 4-7 in road/neutral contests.

K-State won its second weekend home series of the season, capturing the first two games of the weekend against Missouri State to clinch the series before falling in the finale on Sunday ... On Friday, starter Nate Griep (7.0 IP) and reliever Bryce Ward (2.0 IP) combined for a 4-0 shutout of the Bears ... The K-State offense established a 1-0 lead in the second before a 2-run single by Clayton Dalrymple and an RBI double by Shane Conlon provided enough cushion for the pitching staff ... On Saturday, K-State scored double-digit runs for the fourth time in its last 6 games, beating Missouri State, 10-6, with the help of 9 runs over the third and fourth innings ... On Sunday, K-State managed to erase a 7-3 deficit in the seventh inning, scoring all 4 runs with 2 outs, before the Bears plated 3 runs in the eighth to help clinch the game.

After averaging 4.5 runs/game through its first 11 games of the season, K-State has seen its run production rise to 8.1 runs/game over the last 8 contests, helped by a .326 team batting average and 24 extra-base hits ... In the first 11 games of the year, the Wildcats were hitting .248 with 15 extra-base hits ... K-State also has 90 hits over its last 8 games compared to 89 in its first 11 ... Overall, K-State is sixth among Big 12 teams with a .280 batting average while it is fourth in runs scored (115).

Helping power the recent uptick in offensive production for the Wildcats is 1B Shane Conlon ... The redshirt senior is hitting .483 (14-for-29) with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run, 6 RBIs and 11 runs scored over the last 8 games ... Conlon's surge is more particular when looking at his last 6 games, a stretch in which he is batting .591 (13-for-22) with the 6 extra-base hits, 5 walks and 2 stolen bases ... Conlon has a multi-hit game in 5 of the last 6 contests ... He also has an RBI in 5 of the last 6 games, including 3 straight entering the Stephen F. Austin series ... In his last 28 plate appearances, Conlon has reached base safely 19 times -- good for a .679 OBP.

Shane Conlon's hot stretch has also helped him move his on-base streak to a team-best 19 games ... Conlon's career-high on-base streak of 21 games was set from February 15-March 22, 2014 ... Conlon has reached base safely more than once in each of his last 7 games, including 4 instances in which he reached base safely 3 or more times ... Conlon enters this week third among Big 12 hitters in OBP (.466) this season ... He is also eighth in the conference in batting average (.356) and ninth in slugging (.534).

Conlon is not the only streaking Wildcat entering the midweek series as OF Clayton Dalrymple returns to his home state with a career-high 9-game hitting streak ... The Texas native is hitting .432 (16-for-37) with 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and 8 runs scored over the 9-game stretch ... The junior has an RBI in 3 straight games entering Tuesday as well as has scored a run in 4 consecutive contests ... Dalrymple has 5 multi-hit efforts in the last 9 games, including 3 in his last 4 contests ... Dalrymple has 6 multi-hit games this season, tied for the second highest total on the team ... For the season, he is the team's leading hitter with a .368 average while he is second with a .455 OBP.

After recording just one hit over 8 games from February 22-March 10, OF Max Brown has regained his hitting form as he enters the Stephen F. Austin series with a hit in his last 4 games while driving in 7 runs over the last 2 games ... The 4-game hitting streak for Brown matches his season-high, which was set when he had a hit in the first 4 games of the season ... Over the last 4 games, Brown is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with 2 extra-base hits ... The 7 RBIs in the last 2 games, 3 on March 14 and 4 on March 15, give him 14 RBIs on the season, which trails C Tyler Moore (15) for the team lead ... Last year as a junior college transfer, Brown had 14 RBIs in 43 games and 3 multi-RBI games ... This year, Brown has 4 multi-RBI efforts.

With a combined 11 steals from Brown, Conlon and Dalrymple, K-State is second among Big 12 teams with 25 stolen bases ... The Wildcats have attempted 36 steals, the fourth most in the Big 12.

After splitting the two-game series against Creighton last week, the Wildcats are 1-1 in midweek matchups in 2015 ... Since the start of 2013, K-State is 20-6 in midweek games, going 8-3 in 2014 and 11-2 in 2013.

This week's matchups between K-State and Stephen F. Austin will be the first ever meetings ... The Wildcats are 33-41 all-time against the Southland Conference, with the last meetings against an opponen