Notes: Cats Begin Road Swing, Play at Nebraska
Notes: Cats Begin Road Swing, Play at Nebraska
'Cats (18-20, 5-10 Big 12) Start Road Swing, Play at Nebraska (29-13, 6-6 Big Ten)
Location: Hawks Field at Haymarket Park (Lincoln, Neb.)
All-time series: K-State trails, 112-167
Last Meeting: Nebraska won, 5-4 (10 innings), on April 7 in Manhattan
Tuesday, April 21
First Pitch: 6:35 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Mark Biesma (0-1, 7.16 ERA) vs. RHP Garett King (3-0, 2.72 ERA)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Hereorwww.1350kman.com
The Wildcats will return to the road for the first time in nearly 2 weeks as K-State will travel to Lincoln for a midweek matchup against Nebraska on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:35 p.m. ... Both teams are coming off weekend series losses as K-State won the opener against Texas Tech last Friday but was outscored 11-2 over the final 2 games to drop its fourth conference series ... Meanwhile, Nebraska won its series opener vs. Ohio State but lost back-to-back 10-inning games to drop its second Big Ten series over the last 3 sets ... K-State finished its 7-game homestand with a 4-3 record, capturing 2 wins vs. No. 3 TCU and one against Wichita State in addition to the one vs. No. 19 Texas Tech ... Nebraska has 6 of its last 9, with the stretch starting with a 5-4 win in 10 innings at K-State on April 7 ... This will be the last of the 2 meetings between the 2 schools this season.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State earned its fourth win in 4 weeks against a Top-25 opponent to start last weekend's series vs. No. 19 Texas Tech, but scoring 2 combined runs over the final 2 games led to the Wildcats losing the home series to the Red Raiders ... In the series opener, K-State overcame a 3-run deficit by plating 4 runs, all with 2 outs, in the fifth to help capture a 5-3 win ... Taylor Anderson led the way for the Wildcats in game one by collecting 2 hits and driving 2 with a triple in the fifth ... In the second game, K-State allowed 7 runs in the first 3 innings to fall into an insurmountable hole ... The only K-State run came via a solo home run by Alex Bee with 2 outs in the ninth ... In the series finale, the Wildcats tied the game at 1-1 in the second when Tyler Moore scored on a balk by Red Raider starting pitcher Dylan Dusek, but a relief duo of Corey Taylor and Dominic Moreno held the Wildcats scoreless over the final 7 1/3 innings to grab a 4-1 win ... Texas Tech scored the go-ahead run in the fourth following a leadoff double off Nate Griep ... K-State stranded 12 runners and outhit the Red Raiders, 10-9, in the series finale.
K-State head coach Brad Hill, who has the second-most wins in K-State program history, needs one more win to have 800 in his NCAA career ... The 21-year head coach at the Division I and II levels enters Tuesday's contest with a career record of 799-384-3 (.675) ... With K-State, Hill is 381-293-3 in 12 seasons ... 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 will become the 29th active coach at four-year colleges with 800 wins.
WHAT A RELIEF
The K-State bullpen surrendered just 3 runs over 15 2/3 innings this past weekend against Texas Tech as the group now has a 1.46 ERA (4er, 24.2ip) over the last 5 games ... Since April 2, the K-State bullpen has a 2.61 ERA (17er, 58.2ip) with a .257 batting average against in 12 games ... Over the same stretch, the entire K-State pitching staff has a 3.93 ERA and .280 average against ... Five relievers have not allowed a run over the 12-game stretch, including 3 having thrown more than 2 innings: - Lucas Benenati (8.0 IP), Corey Fischer (7.0 IP) and Jackson Douglas (4.1 IP) ... The Wildcat bullpen has a 3.45 ERA in 167.0 innings for the entire season.
Five different Wildcats are hitting above .300 in non-conference action this season, led by Clayton Dalrymple and his .382 clip (26-for-68) ... The junior outfielder has a team-best .475 OBP as well in non-conference play ... Dalrymple, who went 0-for-1 vs. Nebraska earlier this season coming off the bench, has a multi-hit effort in each of the last 2 non-conference games ... For the season, Dalrymple is second on the Wildcats with 11 multi-hit games, with 4 of those occurring over his last 8 overall games ... In his last 13 non-conference games, Dalrymple is 21-for-48 (.438) with 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Shane Conlon enters the Nebraska game hitting .389 (7-for-18) with 2 doubles and an RBI over the last 4 games ... He has 2 multi-hit games over the stretch, giving him a team-best 12 multi-hit games this season ... Conlon is the team leader in hits (44) and extra-base hits (15) this season.
Since driving in 2 runs on April 7 vs. Nebraska, Tyler Moore has 4 RBIs along with a .391 (9-for-23) batting average over his last 7 games ... The junior catcher has an RBI in 4 of his last 5 non-conference games along with a .542 OBP in those games.
IN THE RPI
Entering this week, K-State is No. 74 in the latest RPI rankings from the NCAA ... The Wildcats fell from No. 58 in the previous RPI rankings ... K-State is 7-6 against the RPI's top-50 while it is 10-18 vs. the top-100 ... The Wildcats have 4 remaining games against teams ranked in the RPI's top-100: at No. 22 Nebraska and a 3-game series vs. No. 58 Oklahoma from May 8-10.
K-State trails in the all-time series vs. Nebraska, 112-167 ... The Wildcats have lost 2 straight games against the Cornhuskers, a stretch that dates back to April 15, 2014 when K-State fell 14-5 in the last meeting held in Lincoln ... The Wildcats have won 5 of the last 7 matchups, including 2 of 3 in Lincoln ... Since 2009, K-State is 13-7 against Nebraska ... K-State is 40-88 all-time at Nebraska but 6-5 since 2009 ... The first game of this season's series against Nebraska was the first time the 2 teams had a game decided by one run since April 18, 2011 in Lincoln ... It was also the first extra-inning game in the all-time series since March 16, 2008 (K-State lost, 5-3, in Manhattan) ... Since 2012, when Nebraska joined the Big Ten, K-State is 5-5.