Notes: Cats Open Big 12 Schedule at No. 14 Texas

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K-State (11-9, 0-0 Big 12) Opens Conference Schedule at No. 14 Texas
Location: UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas

All-time series: K-State trails, 15-47-1
Last Meeting: Texas won, 9-8, in 10 innings in Manhattan on May 18, 2014

Saturday, March 21 (Postponed from March 20)
First Pitch: 4 p.m. (Game one of doubleheader)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (3-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Parker French (2-1, 1.72 ERA)
TV: Longhorn Network
Online:ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com, www.1350kman.com


Saturday, March 21
First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. (Game two of doubleheader)
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. RHP Chad Hollingsworth (2-1, 3.52 ERA)
TV: Longhorn Network
Online:ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Hereor www.1350kman.com


Sunday, March 22
First Pitch: 1 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Corey Fischer (1-1, 4.63 ERA) vs. RHP Kacy Clemens (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
TV: Longhorn Network
Online:ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP - Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Hereor www.1350kman.com

For complete details on this weekend's schedule, please click here.


DUE UP
In the midst of a weeklong road trip across Texas, K-State opens its Big 12 schedule with a three-game series at No. 14 Texas from March 21-22 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field ... The Wildcats won their first game of the road trip on Tuesday, beating Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, 3-2 ... K-State has won 7 of its last 9 games since being swept by Cal in a three-game series in Berkeley from February 28-March 2 ... Texas, ranked in every national poll, has won 3 of its last 5 games since splitting a four-game series at Stanford, including winning 2 of 3 against West Virginia in Austin last weekend ... This marks the first time K-State has opened its Big 12 slate with a series against Texas since 2011.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State captured the first game of its road trip on Tuesday, beating Stephen F. Austin, 3-2, at Jaycees Field ... K-State backed up a quality start by Kyle Halbohn by scoring all 3 of its runs in the sixth inning, via a two-run triple by Steve Serratore and a safety squeeze bunt by Tyler Moore that made it 3-1 ... Halbohn threw a career-high 6.0 innings, allowing one run on 4 hits and no walks while also striking out 3, another personal-best ... After the Lumberjacks hit their second home run of the game to cut the K-State lead to 3-2 in the seventh, Wildcat reliever Bryce Ward inherited a bases loaded jam in the seventh before escaping unscathed with a groundout ... Brandon Erickson threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the season ... The series was originally scheduled for 2 games, but Wednesday's contest was rained out.

STREAKING, ON-BASE EDITION
Shane Conlon reached base with a double in Tuesday night's sixth inning, helping him extend his on-base streak to a team-best 20 games ... Conlon has reached base safely in all 20 games this season by utilizing a .457 OBP, which is second-best on the team and 10th in the Big 12 ... Conlon's career-high for an on-base streak is set at 21 games, established from February 15-March 22, 2014 ... In 2014, two Wildcats had on-base streaks longer than 21 games (Longest: Ross Kivett, 25 games).

FROM THE TOP
In addition to OBP, Conlon is among the Big 12 leaders in batting average (T-8th, .351), hits (T-6th, 27), stolen bases (T-3rd, 7) and doubles (T-5th, 7).

HIT `N CLAY
Clayton Dalrymple also extended a personal streak on Tuesday, stretching his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games after going 1-for-2 with 2 hit by pitches ... It is the second hitting streak of 10 or more games by a Wildcat this season (Danny Krause, 12 games) ... Over the last 10 games, Dalrymple is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with 2 doubles, 6 RBIs and 9 runs scored ... The junior has 5 multi-hit games over the last 10 contests ... His 6 multi-hit efforts this season (all recorded over his last 12 games) are already a career-high ... For the season, Dalrymple is batting a team-best .373 (fifth in the Big 12) with a .471 OBP (third in the Big 12).

RBI BASEBALL
Tyler Moore drove in one of the 3 runs on Tuesday for the Wildcats, giving him an RBI in 3 straight games entering this weekend's series ... The junior has 12 RBIs in his last 10 games and 15 in his last 12 ... Moore leads the Wildcats and is tied for sixth in the Big 12 with 16 RBIs on the season ... Moore has started 12 of the last 13 games at catcher.

HEATING UP
Steve Serratore's two-run triple on Tuesday was the redshirt sophomore's first three-base hit of the season and eighth by a Wildcat ... Serratore is second on the team with 7 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 1 triple) ... He has an extra-base hit in 4 of the last 8 games, totaling 5 over the stretch ... In the last 8 games, Serratore is batting .310 (9-for-29) with 7 RBIs, 5 walks and 2 stolen bases.

STAFF ACE
Friday night's starter Nate Griep enters this weekend having thrown 4 consecutive quality starts, going 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA (6er, 29.1ip) over the stretch ... For the season, Griep is among the Big 12's top pitchers, ranking first in innings pitched (34.2), second in batting average against (.172), third in strikeouts (33) and seventh in ERA (2.08) ... His 33 strikeouts are already a career-high as he has 6 or more punchouts in each of his 5 starts, a mark he did not reach in 15 appearances (10 starts) as a redshirt freshman in 2014.

GETTING OFFENSIVE
After averaging 4.5 runs/game through its first 11 games of the season, K-State has seen its run production rise to 7.6 runs/game over the last 9 contests (68 runs total), helped by a .310 team batting average and 27 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 94 hits over its last 9 games compared to 89 in its first 11 ... Overall, K-State is seventh among Big 12 teams with a .275 batting average while it is fifth in runs scored (118).

RANKED OPPONENTS
Since 2011, K-State is 17-43 against ranked opponents ... Over the last 2 years, K-State has 7 wins against nationally-ranked teams, with its last win against a top-15 team occurring at No. 3 Oregon State in the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional on June 8, 2013 ... K-State's last win against any ranked opponent was on May 17, 2014 vs. No. 19 Texas (W, 5-4).

SERIES NOTES
K-State trails in the all-time series against Texas, 15-47-1 ... In Austin, the Wildcats are 9-24-1 all-time ... K-State won the last series held in Austin, claiming the first (3-2) and third (9-3) games in the series from May 3-5, 2013 ... The Wildcats have won 2 of the last 3 series in Austin (2009, 2013) ... Last season, in Manhattan, Texas won the series, 2-1 ... Neither team has won back-to-back games in the series since Texas won on March 24 and 25, 2012 in Manhattan.