Notes: Cats Open Five-Game Homestand vs. Baylor

April 16, 2014

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K-State Athletics

K-State (20-17, 2-7 Big 12) vs. Baylor (17-19, 4-7 Big 12)
Tointon Family Stadium – Manhattan, Kan.


Thursday, April 17 – 6:35 PM CT
RHP Levi MaVorhis (4-4, 2.76) vs. LHP Brad Kuntz (4-1, 3.86)

Watch it on:
FOX College Sports-Pacific
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Mike Clark

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
PBP: Matt Walters, John Kurtz

Free sunglasses to the first 250 students

Friday, April 18 – 6:30 PM CT
LHP Jordan Floyd (0-1, 4.05) vs. RHP Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.74)

Watch it on:
PBP: Brian Smoller, Matt Walters

Hear it on:
K-State Sports Network
PBP: Brian Smoller, Matt Walters

Saturday, April 19 – 7 PM CT
RHP Nate Griep (3-2, 3.12) vs. LHP Daniel Castano (4-1, 2.72)

Watch it on:
PBP: Joe Davis
Analyst: Dave Perno

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
PBP: Matt Walters, Brian Smoller

Pack the Park - $1 Standing Room Only tickets; $1 hot dogs, while supplies last

General admission Cat Cushion tickets are sold out. Standing room only tickets are available.


K-State kicks off a five-game homestand with a three-game set against Big 12 foe, Baylor, from April 17-19 at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats have lost four straight games and dropped seven of their last 10 contests. Baylor arrives in Manhattan winners in its last two games, but losers in six of its last eight contests.

K-State allowed a season-high 22 hits - its most in a game since March 22, 2009 against Oklahoma - en route to losing at Nebraska, 14-5, in the season series finale. The Wildcats, who won the first two games of the season against the Cornhuskers, scored four runs in the top of the first inning to grab a quick 4-0 lead, but Nebraska went on to score 14 of the game’s final 15 runs. Nebraska tied it up at 4-4 in the third inning after scoring two runs in the first and third, but K-State’s Ross Kivett scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to give the Wildcats’ a 5-4 advantage. Nebraska answered in the fourth when Landon Busch committed a balk to plate the game-tying run and Michael Pritchard, who had a career-high five hits, dropped down a bunt single to plate the eventual game-winning run. Nebraska added to its lead with four runs each in the fifth and eighth innings. Busch took the loss for K-State while Colton Howell, who threw the wild pitch in the fourth, picked up the win. Nebraska’s right-handed reliever allowed one run in three innings. K-State had 10 hits, with four from RJ Santigate and two apiece from Blair DeBord and Tyler Stover.

K-State is 18-42 all-time against Baylor, including 11-13 against the Bears in Manhattan. The two teams split the season series in 2013 as Baylor won the regular season series, 2-1, and K-State beat Baylor, 13-9, at the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City on May 24. All four meetings in 2013 were decided by four runs or less, including two games decided by one run. Since K-State won four straight from May 21, 2009-April 18, 2010, the Wildcats have lost 10 of the last 13 games against Baylor. K-State head coach Brad Hill is 14-22 in his career against Baylor.

K-State freshman Tanner DeVinny enters the Baylor series leading the Big 12 with a .423 batting average in conference-only games. In nine Big 12 games, the Lucas, Texas native is batting .423 (11-for-26) with three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, six walks and four strikeouts. His .571 OBP and .769 SLG in conference-only games also rank atop the Big 12. In his seven starts in Big 12 games, DeVinny is batting .458 (11-for-24) with 10 RBI.

Tanner DeVinny’s six walks in nine Big 12 games help him have 15 base on balls for the entire season. He is the first K-State freshman to have at least 15 walks in a season since Jared King in 2011. The last Wildcat freshman to have more than 15 walks in a season was current K-State senior Blair DeBord, who had 21 in 2010. DeVinny is tied for third on K-State in walks this season. DeVinny has seven walks and no strikeouts in his last 12 games (59 plate appearances).

One of the three players Tanner DeVinny is tied with for third on the team in walks is RJ Santigate, who is batting .471 (8-for-17) with one walk and three stolen bases in his last four games. Santigate matched his career-high on Tuesday against Nebraska in hits (4) and stolen bases (2). Santigate is second on K-State with 12 stolen bases this season, and he is a perfect 5-for-5 in his last five stolen base attempts. Santigate’s four hits on Tuesday gave him a team-best 15 multi-hit games this season. 

RJ Santigate is batting a team-high .345 entering the Baylor series, which is tied for seventh-best among Big 12 players this season and helps K-State rank as the best team in the Big 12 in batting average with a .295 clip. Four Wildcats are batting .326 or higher (min 2.5 AB per team game), including Santigate, DeVinny (.333), Austin Fisher (.329), and Ross Kivett (.326). The Wildcats also lead the Big 12 in OBP (.400) and are second in runs (241), third in walks (171), and fourth in hits (367).

K-State is also pacing the Big 12 in stolen bases with 61 this season. The Wildcats have 12 stolen bases in the last five games. They have also stolen a base with a 91.3% success rate in the last 23 attempts (21 stolen bases since March 30). Three Wildcats rank among the Big 12’s top 10 in stolen bases this season, including Ross Kivett (13, T-3rd), RJ Santigate (12, 5th), and Clayton Dalrymple (9, T-8th). 

Freshman Tyler Stover, who stole his first career base on Tuesday at Nebraska, enters the Baylor series hitting .500 (3-for-6) with two RBI in his last two games. Stover has started each of K-State’s last two games and four of the last six contests. The native of Vacaville, Calif. is hitting .444 (12-for-27) with four extra-base hits, nine RBI and five walks in his last 12 games. Over that same stretch, he has reached base safely in each game, helping him post a career-high 12-game on-base streak entering Thursday. He made his first career start at first base on Tuesday at Nebraska as his first 10 starts of the season were as the designated hitter. 

Blair DeBord enters the Baylor series riding a season-high 11-game hitting streak and career-high 18-game on-base streak. The senior catcher is batting .375 (15-for-40) with five RBI during his current 11-game hitting streak. Over his 18-game on-base streak, DeBord has a .458 OBP, helped by six walks and four hit by pitches. His hitting streak, which is tied for the fourth-longest by K-State this season, is one game shy of matching his career-high of 12 games, set last season from March 22-April 9.

K-State is averaging 2,910 fans per home game this season, which is the 17th-best average in NCAA Division I entering the week. The Wildcats’ last weekend series, against KU, was the highest attended series in Tointon Family Stadium history (10,490). Each of the last four games have drawn crowds of more than 3,000.