Notes: K-State Ends Homestand with No. 19 Texas Tech

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K-State (17-18, 4-8 Big 12) Wraps Up Homestand with 3-Game Series vs. No. 19 Texas Tech (23-14, 7-5 Big 12)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium (Manhattan, Kan.)


All-time series: K-State trails, 25-31-1
Last Meeting: Texas Tech won, 11-7, on April 13, 2014 in Lubbock (Texas Tech won the series, 3-0)

Friday, April 17
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (1-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. RHP Randy Moseley (3-3, 2.84 ERA)
TV: Cox Kansas (PBP -- Brian Smoller, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Online: K-StateHD.TV
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Promotions
Military Appreciation Night - $3 tickets for military personnel


Saturday, April 18
First Pitch: 2 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. LHP Cameron Smith (4-2, 2.77 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
BBQ Apron Giveaway (First 250 fans)
Fan Appreciation Day
Junior Wildcat Day


Sunday, April 19
First Pitch: 1 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. TBD
TV: Fox College Sports-Central (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
Family Day -- Willie's Fun Zone (pregame), Kids Run the Bases (postgame), Wildcat 4 Pack (4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 chips and 4 drinks for $34)



DUE UP
After coming back to beat Wichita State, 5-4, in 10 innings this past Tuesday, K-State returns to Big 12 action with a three-game series against No. 19 Texas Tech at Tointon Family Stadium from April 17-19 ... The Wildcats have won 4 of their last 5 games, with a series win vs. No. 3 TCU during that stretch ... The series win against the Horned Frogs snapped a seven-series losing streak in Big 12 play ... K-State is 10-6 at home this season ... Texas Tech arrives in Manhattan on a 4-game winning streak, a span that includes a home sweep of Baylor last weekend ... The Red Raiders, who have not played a weekend series on the road since they lost a set, 2-1, from March 20-22 at Oklahoma, are 4-8 away from Lubbock this season ... K-State and Texas Tech last met from April 11-13, 2014 in Lubbock when the Wildcats were swept by the Red Raiders for the first time since 2004.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State fell behind 4-0 after the top of the fifth inning on April 14 vs. Wichita State, but after 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth and a two-out RBI single by Clayton Dalrymple tied it up in the bottom of the ninth, Jake Wodtke hit a bases-loaded, two-out RBI single to seal a 5-4 comeback win for the Wildcats over the Shockers ... It was K-State's first walk-off win since February 19 vs. Utah in Surprise, Arizona ... Wichita State's Ryan Tinkham hit 2 home runs to help establish the 4-0 advantage, but RBIs from Carter Yagi and Dalrymple, along with a run scoring via a Wichita State error, allowed the Wildcats to pull within one in the fifth, 4-3 ... Dalrymple, who finished 2-for-4, registered both of his RBIs with 2 outs ... Four Wildcats combined for all 10 of K-State's hits, led by 3 each from Shane Conlon and Tyler Moore ... Jordan Floyd, Lucas Benenati and Bryce Ward combined to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings.

HEATING UP
Over the last 5 games, in which the Wildcats are 4-1, K-State is hitting .311 (52-for-167) as well as averaging 7.0 runs and 10.4 hits per game ... The Wildcats are out-scoring their opponents, 35-21, over the stretch ... Three of the 4 wins have been decided by 4 runs or more ... It marks the first time K-State has won 4 contests over a 5-game stretch since March 8-14 of earlier this season.

TOP CONFERENCE HITTER
Reigning Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week, Tyler Wolfe, enters this weekend fourth in the conference with a .389 batting average in Big 12-only games ... The junior is also T-1st in runs scored (11) and third in OBP (.465) in such contests ... In 12 Big 12 games, Wolfe has 4 multi-hit efforts.

FROM THE `PEN
Over the last 9 games, the K-State bullpen has posted a 2.93 ERA (14er, 43.0ip) ... The entire Wildcat pitching staff has a 3.80 ERA over the same stretch ... Leading the way is starter-turned-reliever, Corey Fischer, who has a 0.00 ERA and .059 batting average against since April 2.

ABOUT THAT WIN
K-State's victory this past Tuesday vs. Wichita State was the first time the Wildcats came back to win when trailing after the eighth inning since the penultimate game of the 2014 season on May 17 vs. No. 19 Texas ... K-State is 1-15 this season when trailing after the eighth (1-24 in 2014) ... The win was also K-State's first extra-inning win at home since beating KU, 11-10, in 10 innings on May 20, 2011 ... The Wildcats have 2 walk-off wins this season (Last: Feb. 19 vs. Utah).

2-800-COLLECT
K-State head coach Brad Hill, who has the second-most wins in K-State program history, is nearing milestone victory No. 800 in his NCAA career ... The 21-year head coach at the Division I and II ranks enters the Texas Tech series with a career record of 798-382-3 (.676) ... With K-State, Hill is 380-291-3 in 12 seasons while with Division II Central Missouri State (now Central Missouri), the Emporia State product was 418-91 in 9 years ... Entering the 2015 season, Hill had the eighth-best career winning percentage among active coaches at four-year colleges ... Hill would become the 29th active coach at four-year colleges with 800 wins.

IN THE RPI
Entering the weekend, K-State is No. 57 in the NCAA RPI rankings, up from last week's No. 82 and this Monday's No. 59 ranking ... The Wildcats are the fourth-highest ranking team in the Big 12 in terms of RPI, trailing No. 9 TCU, No. 15 Oklahoma St., No. 53 West Virginia ... The Wildcats are 6-6 against the RPI's top-50, with wins against No. 5 Missouri St. (2), No. 9 TCU (2), at No. 15 Oklahoma St. (1) and No. 19 Iowa (1).

SOS
Among all Division I schools, K-State has played the eighth-toughest schedule according to D1Baseball.com and 11th-toughest according to WarrenNolan.com ... K-State's opponents have a combined record of 673-450 (.5992) ... Of the Wildcats' remaining opponents, 3 are ranked within the RPI's top-71: No. 23 Nebraska, No. 67 Oklahoma and No. 71 Texas Tech ... This weekend will mark the fourth time in the last five weekends that K-State plays a top-25 opponent in the national polls ... The last time K-State played a ranked opponent four times over five weekends was 2012 (March 16-April 15) ... Five of the last 8 opponents have been ranked as well.

SERIES NOTES
K-State trails in the all-time series vs. Texas Tech, 25-31-1 ... The Wildcats were swept in the three-game series at Lubbock last year from April 11-13 ... The last time K-State hosted Texas Tech was from April 5-7, 2013 as the Wildcats swept the three-game set ... K-State has won 7 straight against Texas Tech in Manhattan ... K-State is 14-10 all-time against the Red Raiders at home ... The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 14 overall meetings ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 18-15-1 vs. Texas Tech, including 11-4 at home.