Notes: Cats Continue Homestand, Face Wichita State
Notes: Cats Continue Homestand, Face Wichita State
K-State (16-18, 4-8 Big 12) Continues Homestand with Midweek vs. Wichita St. (13-22, 5-4 MVC)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium (Manhattan, Kan.)
All-time series: K-State trails, 36-51
Last Meeting: K-State won, 10-4, in Wichita on May 6, 2014
Tuesday, April 14
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Mark Biesma (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. LHP Jeb Bargfeldt (2-2, 4.22 ERA)
TV: Fox Sports Midwest (PBP -- Brian Smoller, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com
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Midweek Mini Plan
Coming off its first Big 12 series win of the season, K-State returns back to non-conference action for a midweek contest vs. Wichita State at Tointon Family Stadium on Tuesday, April 14 ... The Wildcats are in the middle of a seven-game homestand ... K-State has won 3 of its last 4 games, with a road victory at Omaha on April 8 and a pair of triumphs vs. No. 3 TCU on April 10 and 12 ... Wichita State enters the matchup vs. K-State on a four-game losing streak after losing at Texas on April 7 and then being swept by conference-foe Illinois State from April 10-12 ... Tuesday's meeting will be the first of two games between K-State and Wichita State this season, with the return trip to Wichita slated for May 5 at Eck Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State bookended the series vs. No. 3 TCU with wins, helping it snap a seven-series losing streak in conference play ... The Wildcats thumped the Horned Frogs in the opener at Tointon Family Stadium, winning, 14-4, after scoring 7 runs in the first to answer TCU's 2 runs ... The 14 runs by the Wildcats were their most in a Big 12 game since April 6, 2013 vs. Texas Tech ... K-State also had 18 hits, doubling up TCU's 9, as every Wildcat batter had a hit and 6 turned in a multi-hit effort ... In game two, TCU's Preston Morrison registered a shutout against K-State for the second year in a row as the senior limited the Wildcats to 4 hits and 2 walks in a 9-0 win ... The Wildcats surrendered a run in the first and 2 in the sixth before allowing 6 runs in the eighth ... In the series finale, Levi MaVorhis -- making his first start since February 20 -- allowed 2 runs over 7+ innings to lead K-State to a 6-2 win ... The Wildcats never trailed in the game after scoring a run in the third and 4 in the fifth ... Max Brown (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Tyler Wolfe (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) combined for 5 of K-State's 6 RBIs.
Max Brown and Tyler Wolfe were named Big 12 Player and Co-Newcomer of the Week, respectively, for the period ending April 12 ... Brown hit a team-best .429 (9-for-21) with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 RBIs in 5 games ... Brown's 9 hits were tops in the Big 12 while his 4 RBIs in the TCU series opener were the most by a Wildcat in a Big 12 game since April 2013 ... Wolfe drove in 7 runs, including 4 during the TCU series, while scoring 5 runs and hitting .333 (7-for-21) in 5 games ... Wolfe had a pair of 3-RBI games over the week, with his 3 on April 12 the most by a Wildcat in a Big 12 game since April 2013 ... The player of the week honors from the conference were the first of the two players' careers ... Three Wildcats have earned Big 12 weekly honors this season as junior Tyler Moore was named the newcomer of the week on March 9.
WOLFE ON MEAN STREAK
Tyler Wolfe's last 5 games continued his stretch of quality hitting, a span that started in K-State's Big 12 opener at No. 14 Texas on March 21 ... Over his last 14 games, the junior is hitting .364 (16-for-44) with 9 RBIs and 12 runs scored ... The Des Moines Area CC transfer also has 7 walks, and 3 strikeouts, over the stretch, helping him post a .442 OBP ... Wolfe leads the Wildcats in both batting average and OBP over the last 14 games ... Wolfe has 4 multi-hit games over the 14-game stretch ... He had 3 multi-hit games over his first 20 games ... Wolfe, who is tied for fifth on K-State in multi-hit games this season, has started every Wildcat game at shortstop.
Max Brown has been K-State's hottest hitter since March 11 as the senior is batting .364 (24-for-66) with 4 doubles, 5 triples, 18 RBIs and 3 stolen bases over the last 19 games ... No other Wildcat has more than 19 hits or 11 RBIs over that same stretch ... The 5 triples help Brown total 6 this season, which makes him just the second Wildcat in the last 18 years with half-a-dozen triples in a single season (Jason King, 2011) ... Of Brown's last 18 RBIs, 11 have been recorded with 2 outs ... Brown's team-leading 16 two-out RBIs for the entire season also help him pace the Wildcats in total RBIs with 25 (T-9th in the Big 12) ... Since March 11, Brown is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.
NONCON AT HOME
K-State is 12-10 in non-conference action this year, including 6-3 at home and 8-3 over the last 11 overall contests ... The Wildcats are hitting .321 (100-for-312) with 20 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs and 69 runs scored against non-conference opponents at home ... K-State has 8 or more hits in each of its non-conference home games this season and 10 or more hits in 7 of those games ... The Wildcats have double-digit hits in 3 straight non-conference home games ... K-State has also scored 10 or more runs in 4 non-conference home games ... Shane Conlon is the team's leading hitter in such games, batting .441 (15-for-34) ... Tyler Moore leads the Wildcats with 12 RBIs in non-conference home games.
IN THE RPI
As of April 12, K-State has the eighth-toughest schedule in Division I, according to www.WarrenNolan.com ... Wildcat opponents have a combined 647-411 (.6114%) record this season ... K-State's strength of schedule has helped it rank No. 59 in this week's official NCAA RPI rankings (Last week: No. 82) ... The Wildcats are 8-9 against teams ranked ahead of them in the RPI.
K-State trails in the all-time series, 36-51, vs. Wichita State, but it has won 5 straight games ... The Wildcats have won 11 of their last 14 meetings ... Since 2005, K-State is 15-6 in the series ... Over the last six years, K-State is 6-1 vs. Wichita State in Manhattan ... The last time the Wildcats fell to Wichita State at home was on April 24, 2012 (L, 9-7 in 15 innings) ... In the 2 series meetings in 2014, the Wildcats won, 3-2, on April 8 in Manhattan and 10-4 on May 6 in Wichita ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 15-8 vs. Wichita State.