Notes: K-State, West Virginia Meet in Big 12 Home Opener

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K-State (12-14, 1-5 Big 12) Face West Virginia (16-10, 2-4 Big 12) in Big 12 Home Opener
Location: Tointon Family Stadium (Manhattan, Kan.)


All-time series: K-State trails, 2-4
Last Meeting: West Virginia won, 6-1, on April 27, 2014 in Morgantown


Thursday, April 2
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (0-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. RHP Conner Dotson (0-2, 3.33 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports-Pacific (PBP -- Brian Smoller, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Promotions
Blackout Tointon Family Stadium -- Help blackout the stadium by wearing black to the game
"Cats, Man" t-shirt giveaway (first 100 students)
All-You-Can-Eat Seats -- General admission ticket and unlimited select concession items for $20
Midweek Mini Plan


Friday, April 3
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. LHP Ross Vance (3-2, 3.45 ERA)
TV/Online: Fox Sports Midwest (PBP -- Brian Smoller, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Promotions
Grey Jersey Koozie Giveaway (first 250 fans)


Saturday, April 4
First Pitch: 11 a.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. RHP Chad Donato (4-3, 1.50 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports-Pacific (PBP -- Brian Smoller, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com


DUE UP
Following its last 7 games on the road, K-State returns to action at home with a 3-game series against West Virginia April 2-4 ... This set will mark the Wildcats' first Big 12 home series of the season ... The Wildcats have lost 5 of their last 7 games, but they are 6-2 at home ... The last time K-State played at home was on March 15 vs. Missouri State ... West Virginia arrives in Manhattan on a 7-game winning streak ... The Mountaineers have lost their first 2 Big 12 series this season: at Texas from March 13-15 and at Baylor from March 20-22 ... This weekend will mark the first meeting between K-State and West Virginia at Tointon Family Stadium since March 15-16, 2013.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State earned its first Big 12 win of the season, beating No. 12 Oklahoma State in the series opener on March 27, but the Wildcats dropped the last 2 games to lose the series to the Cowboys ... In game one, Shane Conlon drove in 3 of K-State's 4 runs while the Wildcat bullpen threw a combined 5.0 shutout innings after starter Colton Kalmus' 4.0 innings of two-run baseball as K-State beat Oklahoma St., 4-2 ... In game two, K-State surrendered 6 two-out runs in the first inning, proving too much for the Wildcats in a 12-3 loss ... K-State was forced to use 5 pitcher in the contest, with each hurler allowing at least one run ... In the series finale, K-State, despite taking a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Jake Wodtke scored on a passed ball, was no-hit for 8 1/3 innings as Oklahoma State's MIchael Freeman turned in a complete game to lead the Cowboys to a 4-1 win ... K-State starting pitcher Brandon Courville, making his first career start, allowed one run in 5.0+ innings pitched of a no-decision.

HOME SPLITS
In 8 home games this season, K-State's offense is hitting .326 (90-for-276) with 18 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs and 65 runs scored ... K-State is averaging 8.1 runs per home game, compared to its 2.1 runs per road contest ... The Wildcats are outscoring their opponents, 65-36, at Tointon Family Stadium ... K-State also has a .982 fielding percentage at home, committing just 6 errors, while its opponents have a .947 fielding percentage with 16 errors.

CONLON AT HOME
Of the 9 Wildcats who have played in at least 7 home games this season, 6 are hitting .290 or above, led by Shane Conlon's .483 batting average (14-for-29) ... In the 8 home games, Conlon has 14 hits, which include 6 extra-base hits (4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run) ... He also has a .595 OBP, helped by 6 walks and 2 hit by pitches in his 37 plate appearances ... Conlon has a 6-game hitting streak at home, a stretch that also features 5 multi-hit games ... Over his last 6 home games, Conlon is hitting .591 (13-for-22) with 5 walks and one hit by pitch ... Since 2013, Conlon is hitting .353 (79-for-224) with 10 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs and 37 RBIs at home.

LEADER IN BIG 12 PLAY
Tyler Wolfe has broken out in his first 6 career Big 12 games, hitting .438 (7-for-16) with a double, an RBI, 2 walks and 4 runs scored ... His .438 batting average during conference play is sixth-best in the Big 12 ... The Des Moines Area Community College transfer was hitting .182 (12-for-66) in 20 nonconference games before the first Big 12 game at Texas on March 21 ... Wolfe has a hit in 4 of the 6 Big 12 games and has reached base safely in 5 of the 6 contests ... Wolfe, who has 5 multi-hit games this season, has 2 multi-hit efforts over the last 6 games.

BROWN DELIVERS
Since not earning the start on March 10, Max Brown has heated up over the last 11 games, hitting .353 (12-for-34) with a double, 2 triples, 9 RBIs, 4 walks and 2 stolen bases ... Of his last 9 RBIs, 8 have been recorded with 2 outs ... The senior leads the team with 12 two-out RBIs on the season as he is 8-for-18 (.444) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs ... He already has a career-high 16 RBIs for the entire season ... Brown began the season hitting .200 (10-for-50) with 7 RBIs in the first 15 games.

RELIEF WARD-EN
Bryce Ward has been the most stable reliever in K-State's pitching staff as of late, posting a 1.42 ERA (1er, 6.1ip) over his last 5 appearances ... The freshman, who has the third-best ERA (2.35) among K-State relievers this season, has just one strikeout but no walks over the 5-game stretch ... The right-hander has a 9-to-1 K:BB ratio this year.

WELCOME BACK HOME
This weekend's series opener against West Virginia will be just K-State's ninth home game of the 2015 season ... The last time K-State played 8 or less home games before April 1 was in 2003 (8) ... The Wildcats are 6-2 at home this year, compared to 2-8 on the road and 4-4 in neutral site games.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Through the end of March, K-State had the 12th-toughest schedule among Division I teams, per WarrenNolan.com ... The Wildcats' opponents had a combined 380-252 (.6013) record ... K-State had the second-toughest schedule among Big 12 teams, falling behind Baylor (9th-toughest in the country) ... K-State entered the week No. 61 in the website's RPI rankings.

SERIES NOTES
K-State trails in the all-time series against West Virginia, 2-4 ... Last year, the Wildcats were swept by the Mountaineers in Morgantown from April 25-27 ... In 2013, K-State and West Virginia met for the first and only time in Manhattan, with the Wildcats taking the 3-game series after dropping the opener, 12-3 ... Three of the 6 games in the all-time series have been decided by one run, including the last time on April 26, 2014 (K-State lost, 6-5) ... In the series' 6 games, K-State has been outscored, 43-19.