Notes: K-State Takes on Omaha in Midweek
Notes: K-State Takes on Omaha in Midweek
K-State (11-12, 0-3 Big 12) Returns Home for Midweek vs. Omaha (13-8, 6-0 Summit)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium (Manhattan, Kan.)
All-time series: K-State leads, 7-1
Last Meeting: Omaha won, 6-5 (10), on April 1, 2014 at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb.
Wednesday, March 25
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Kyle Halbohn (2-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Sasse (0-0, 2.61 ERA)
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K-State will briefly return home in the middle of back-to-back Big 12 weekend road series as the Wildcats will take on Omaha (13-8, 6-0 Summit League) on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. within the friendly confines of Tointon Family Stadium ... K-State enters Wednesday's contest having lost 3 in a row after being swept by No. 14 Texas in Austin last weekend (March 21-22) ... The Wildcats went 1-3 during their road trip to Texas, with weather affecting two scheduled games: March 18 at Stephen F. Austin was canceled (rain) and March 20 at Texas was rescheduled to Saturday (rain) ... Omaha, meanwhile, enters Manhattan on a 6-game winning streak and winners in 8 of its last 9 ... Omaha has played each of its last 9 games at home ... The Mavericks are currently in first place within the Summit League, holding a one-game advantage over Oral Roberts (5-1 Summit, 13-9 overall).
LAST TIME OUT
Over a span of 24 hours, K-State played 3 games at Texas, dropping all 3 contests against the Longhorns to open its 2015 Big 12 schedule ... The Wildcats and Longhorns played a doubleheader on Saturday, March 21, with K-State leading 3-2 entering game one's bottom of the eighth inning, but Texas scored three runs to complete the comeback and beat the Wildcats, 5-3 ... In game two, K-State was able to cut a Texas 2-0 lead in half with a single run in the fourth, but Texas scored a run in fifth after its leadoff hitter reached with a hit by pitch ... K-State's Colton Kalmus (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Jordan Floyd (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) kept K-State in the game; however, the Texas duo of Chad Hollingsworth (7.1 IP) and Craig Bellow (1.1 IP) limited the Wildcats to 6 hits ... In the series finale, K-State tied the game at 1-1 with a two-out RBI single by Clayton Dalrymple, but Texas scored 5 unanswered runs to complete the win, 6-1.
In the middle of a stretch in which they play 7 of their 8 games on the road, the Wildcats return to Tointon Family Stadium on Wednesday, where they are 6-2 this season ... Since 2013, K-State is 46-18 (.719) at home, including 33-7 (.825) in nonconference play ... The Wildcats have won 26 of their last 29 nonconference home games, a stretch that includes 2 wins over Omaha (April 3, 2013 and March 12, 2014) ... The 29-game stretch dates back to when the Wildcats beat Minnesota, 4-3, on March 20, 2013 ... Also over the 29-game span, K-State is averaging 8.6 runs/game (248 runs) while holidng opponents to 3.6 runs/game (103 runs) ... Under head coach Brad Hill, K-State is 164-24 (.872) in nonconference home games.
Playing a large role in K-State's 6-2 home record this season is its offense, which is batting .327 (90-for-275) and averaging 8.1 runs/game (65 runs) at Tointon Family Stadium ... Of the Wildcats' 90 hits, 25 are for extra bases, including 18 doubles, 5 triples and 2 home runs ... In 15 road/neutral games, conversely, K-State is hitting .230 (109-for-474) with 19 extra-base hits and averaging 3.9 runs/game ... Of the 9 position players who have started at least 7 home games this year, 6 are hitting .290 or higher, including 3 players who are above or near the .400 mark: Shane Conlon (.483), Tyler Moore (.407) and Clayton Dalrymple (.394).
CONLON AT HOME
Shane Conlon, who is second on the team with a .330 batting average for the season, leads all Wildcats with his .483 batting average (14-for-29) at home ... Conlon has 5 multi-hit efforts in his 8 home games this season while he also has an RBI or extra-base hit in 5 contests ... Overall in 8 home games, Conlon is hitting .483 with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, 11 runs scored and a .595 OBP ... Since 2013, Conlon is hitting .353 (79-for-224) with 10 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs and 37 RBIs at home ... In all games since 2013, the redshirt senior has a .323 batting average (170-for-526).
With the help of a .394 home batting average, Clayton Dalrymple enters Wednesday as the Wildcats' leading hitter, sporting a .338 clip in 22 games ... The junior outfielder is 10th among Big 12 hitters in batting average while he is also ninth in OBP ... His career .401 OBP is third best among active Big 12 players ... Dalrymple, who holds an overall career .289 batting average, is hitting .341 (47-for-138) with 22 RBIs in nonconference games in his career.
AT THE MIDWEEK
K-State is 2-1 in midweek games this season, helping it go 21-6 in such contests since 2013.
REACHING BASE, SCORING RUNS
K-State has had its leadoff hitter reach base 78 times in 201 opportunities this season (39%), and within those 78 instances, the leadoff hitter went on to score 43 times (55%) ... During the last homestand, K-State saw its leadoff hitter to an inning score 68% of the time when he reached base ... Over the last 12 games, K-State's leadoff hitter has scored 24 out of a possible 40 times reaching base (60%) ... K-State's normal leadoff hitter to the lineup, Carter Yagi, has reached base to start a frame 18 times this season (most by any Wildcat) and then gone on to score 11 times (61%).
K-State leads the all-time series against Omaha, 7-1 ... The two sides split the series in 2014, with K-State winning 6-5 in Manhattan on March 12 and Omaha capturing a 6-5 decision in 10 innings at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska on April 1 ... After the first meeting between the two schools took place in 1976, the Wildcats and Mavericks reignited their series starting in 2012 with a three-game set ... K-State won the 4 meetings between 2012 and 2013 by an average of 7.5 runs ... Last year's one-run games were the first of that margin in the all-time series.
Junior Kyle Halbohn will make his third career start and seventh career appearance when he takes the mound against Omaha ... The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA (2er, 9.0ip) as a starter this season ... He threw a career-high 6.0 innings in his last outing on March 17 at Stephen F. Austin, allowing 4 hits and one run ... Halbohn also threw a career-high 70 pitches, surpassing his previous best of 47 (March 1 at Cal, 2.2 IP).