Notes: K-State Goes for Sweep of Nebraska

April 14, 2014

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K-State (20-16, 2-7 Big 12) at Nebraska (23-14, 7-2 Big Ten)
Hawks Field - Lincoln, Neb.

Tuesday, April 15 - 6:35 PM CT
RHP Colton Kalmus (3-1, 3.68) vs. LHP Austin Christensen (1-0, 0.00)

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K-State will wrap up its stretch of five straight road games with the final game of the season against Nebraska on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:35 pm. The Wildcats are 1-3 in the current stretch of five-straight road games, with the one win coming against Nebraska last Wednesday, April 9. Nebraska has won eight of its last nine games, with the only loss being at the hands of K-State last week.

K-State was swept by Texas Tech for the first time since 2004 after the Red Raiders outscored the Wildcats 22-14 over the three-game stretch. In the first game of the series, K-State had the game-tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning, but a game-ending double play halted the Wildcats' comeback in a 4-3 loss. K-State left 12 runners on base on Friday while also committing four errors, including three in a three-run Texas Tech fifth inning. On Saturday, K-State grabbed a three-run lead in the top of the first, but the Red Raiders dwindled the Wildcat advantage by scoring seven of the game's final eight runs en route to winning 7-4.  Texas Tech's starting pitcher Chris Sadberry, who allowed the three runs in the first inning, held K-State hitless over his final four innings of work while Corey Taylor limited K-State to two hits and no runs in four innings of relief. On Sunday, K-State surrendered six first-inning runs, creating a lead to much to overcome as the Wildcats fell 11-7. K-State pulled within one, 7-6, after Austin Fisher's two-run double and later scoring on a Texas Tech error, but Texas Tech answered with two runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Texas Tech had 14 hits to go with his 11 runs.

K-State is 108-166 all-time against Nebraska, but the Wildcats enter Tuesday on a five-game winning streak against its former Big 12 foe. K-State swept the season series last year and has won the first two meetings of this season, 12-6 in Manhattan on March 26 and 10-6 in Lincoln on April 9. Over the five-game winning streak, K-State has scored 10 or more runs in four of the five games. In the one game it did not score 10 runs, the Wildcats plated nine runs in  a 9-1 victory on April 2, 2013. The current five-game winning streak for K-State is its longest against Nebraska since it won seven straight games from April 3, 2009-March 16, 2011. Since 2009, K-State is 13-5 against Nebraska. K-State head coach Brad Hill is 16-19 in his career against Nebraska.

In two games against the Cornhuskers this season, K-State is batting .387 (29-for-75) with three doubles, two triples, one home run and 20 RBI. The Wildcats have scored 22 runs against Nebraska, as well as drawn 14 walks and been struck out nine times. The K-State pitching staff has a 5.00 ERA against Nebraska, but Wildcat starting pitchers have combined to post a 4.50 ERA (4er, 8.0ip).

In 27 nonconference games this season, K-State is batting .311 with 66 extra-base hits and 197 runs scored. The Wildcat pitching staff, meanwhile, has a 3.53 ERA. K-State is 17-2 in its last 19 nonconference games.

Senior Ross Kivett has reached base safely nine times in 11 plate appearances against Nebraska this season, good for a .818 OBP. He has seven hits (four for extra bases) and two walks in the two games against the Cornhuskers. He has also driven in four runs and scored five times. In his career, Kivett is batting .383 (18-for-47) with 12 RBI against Nebraska.

Tanner DeVinny hit his second home run of the season - and his career - on Sunday, April 13 at Texas Tech, swatting a two-run home in the fourth inning. The switch-hitter has a home run against both a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hurler. Both of his home runs have been in his last seven games. In his last seven contests, DeVinny has nine hits, five of which are for extra bases (three doubles, two home runs). He enters the week 10th among Big 12 hitters with a .495 slugging percentage.

DeVinny is the only Big 12 freshman entering this week ranked in the conference's top 10 for batting average and on-base percentage. He is ninth in the Big 12 with a .341 batting average and fifth with a .440 OBP. He is also just one of two freshmen in the conference in the top 10 for slugging percentage, trailing Oklahoma's Sheldon Neuse (.550) for the highest slugging percentage among Big 12 freshmen. DeVinny and Neuse are tied for the lead among Big 12 freshmen in RBI with 29 each.

Blair DeBord enters Tuesday against Nebraska with K-State's longest active hitting streak, which stands at 10 games. The 10-game hitting streak is a season-high for DeBord and two games shy of matching his career-high, which he set last season. In his last 10 games, DeBord is batting .361 (13-for-36) with four RBI. He is also the owner of a 17-game on-base streak, which matches his career-high. DeBord's hitting streak started on March 30 at Creighton while his on-base streak started on March 8 vs. Iowa. DeBord has four hits in two games against Nebraska this season.

K-State has 61 stolen bases this season, the most among all Big 12 teams. Three Wildcats rank among the Big 12's top 10 in stolen bases, led by 13 from Ross Kivett - which are tied for the third-most in the conference. RJ Santigate is tied for fifth with 10 stolen bases while Clayton Dalrymple is tied for seventh with nine steals. Kivett now has 72 stolen bases in his career as he approaches Adam Muenster's program-record 78 career stolen bases. Kivett had 25 or more stolen bases in 2012 and 2013. Since 2008, K-State has 99 or more stolen bases in each season.

K-State has been hit by a pitch 64 times this season, including three times in two games against Nebraska. The 64 hit by pitches already crack K-State's top 10 for most in a season, falling into a tie for eighth-most. Last year, K-State was hit by a pitch 96 times.