Notes: K-State Faces Bakersfield to End Homestand

April 21, 2014

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K-State Athletics

K-State (22-18, 4-8 Big 12) vs. Bakersfield (15-22, 8-7 WAC)
Tointon Family Stadium - Manhattan, Kan.

Monday, April 21 - 6:35 PM CT
LHP Landon Busch (2-2, 5.35) vs. RHP Nick Rogowski (0-0, 3.95)

Watch it on:
FOX College Sports-Pacific
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Craig Wilson

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


Tuesday, April 22 - 6:35 PM CT
TBA vs. RHP Garrett Nimmo (0-0, 6.10) 

Watch it on:
FOX College Sports-Pacific
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Craig Wilson 

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

2-for-1 Tuesday - 2 Adult General Admission tickets for $8


K-State wraps up its five-game homestand with a two-game weekday series against Bakersfield of the Western Athletic Conference. The series starts on Monday, April 21 at 6:30 pm and concludes on Tuesday, April 22 with a 6:30 pm contest. The Wildcats enter the series coming off a series win over Baylor, their first Big 12 series win of the season. Bakersfield dropped its series last weekend at Texas-Pan American. Bakersfield is 4-7 in the month of April while K-State is 5-8.

K-State earned its first Big 12 series victory of 2014 after winning two out of three against Baylor this past weekend at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats overcame an early 2-0 deficit in game one on Thursday, and, powered by a five-run sixth inning, beat the Bears 8-2. Ross Kivett plated the game-deciding runs in the crooked sixth with a two-out, two-run single that made it 3-2 K-State. Wildcats starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis scattered seven hits and two runs in his eight innings to earn his fifth win of the season. On Friday, K-State's Blair DeBord hit a two-out, two-run infield single in the eighth inning to help decide the game in K-State's favor, 6-4. The Wildcats led three different times before Baylor tied it up at 4-4 in the sixth inning. DeBord's infield single was his only hit in the game. Kivett went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored, and Jake Matthys threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings to earn his second win of the season. On Sunday, Baylor's Daniel Castano limited the Wildcats to one unearned run in eight innings while the Bears' Darryn Sheppard's solo home run in the top of the fifth provided the necessary difference in Baylor's 3-1 win. Castano and Josh Michalec combined to strike out seven and not walk any K-State batters in the win.

K-State is 4-3 all-time against Bakersfield, but the Wildcats have lost the last two meetings against the Roadrunners. The last time the two programs faced off was in February 2012 when K-State beat Bakersfield 7-5 in 11 innings in game one of a three-game set before Bakersfield beat K-State in the final two games of the set, outscoring the Wildcats by a combined score of 15-4. The two sides split the only previous series in Manhattan in May of 2011. K-State won the first three games of the all-time series, with the first meeting taking place on April 25, 2011 (W, 5-4 in Bakersfield).

K-State enters the Bakersfield series having won 22 straight games against nonconference opponents at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats won their final 11 nonconference home games of 2013, including three wins in the Manhattan Regional. This season, K-State has won its first 11 nonconference home games, including the last against Wichita State on April 8 (W, 3-2). In 2014, K-State is outscoring its nonconference opponents at home, 107-30.

Overall, K-State is 14-3 at Tointon Family Stadium this season. The Wildcats are hitting .326 and averaging 8 runs per game (136 R/17 G) at home. The pitching staff has a 2.41 ERA and .230 batting average against.

K-State's top hitter at home (min. of 10 games) is freshman Tanner DeVinny. The Texas native is hitting .422 (18-for-45) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and 13 RBI in 13 home games this season. DeVinny also has a .622 slugging percentage and .534 OBP at home.

Another freshman making an impact with increased playing time as of late is Tyler Stover. The first baseman started all four of K-State's games last week, his first career starts at first base, and hit a team-best .438 (7-for-16) with a double and two RBI. For the overall season, Stover is batting .365 (19-for-52) with 11 RBI. Of his 19 hits, six are for extra bases, including five doubles and one triple. Stover is batting .500 (9-for-18) in two-out situtations and has recorded six of his 11 RBI with two outs.

Senior Ross Kivett has six stolen bases in his last six games, helping him total 16 steals on the season. The second baseman is second among Big 12 players in stolen bases, trailing TCU's Cody Jones' 17 stolen bases. Kivett is 16-for-16 in stolen base attempts this season and has not been caught stealing in his last 20 attempts. Kivett is second all-time in K-State history with 75 career stolen bases. He trails Adam Muensters's 78 career stolen bases for the school record.

Seniors Ross Kivett and Blair DeBord have combined to play in 401 career games at K-State, including 380 starts. DeBord's 191 career games are the 10th most in school history. Kivett is tied for fourth in school history with 210 career games while his 200 starts are fifth most. Kivett has made 192 consecutive starts entering the Bakersfield series, which is the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

The K-State bullpen has posted a 1.74 ERA (2er, 10.1ip) in the last three games, led by a scoreless 3 1/3 innings from former starting pitcher Jared Moore. The bullpen has combined to hold its opponents to a .171 batting average against in the last three contests. 

Since surrendering a career-high three runs in his Big 12 debut on March 21 at Oklahoma, Jake Fromson has posted a 1.84 ERA (3er, 14.2ip) in his last six appearances. The freshman right-hander has thrown two or more innings in five of his last six games, including three outings of three innings or more. Also over his last six appearances, Fromson has nine strikeouts and one walk, and he has held opponents to a .226 batting average against. He struck out a career-high four in his last outing on April 18 vs. Baylor.

Against nonconference opponents, K-State is batting .310 and has scored 202 runs in 28 games (7.2 rpg). Seven Wildcats are batting .300 or better against nonconference opponents this season, led by Austin Fisher's .361 clip (39-for-108).