Notes: Cats Hit the Road, Play at Baylor

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K-State (18-21, 5-10 Big 12) to Play Three-Game Set at Baylor (16-24, 5-10 Big 12)
Location: Baylor Ballpark at Ferrell Field (Waco, Texas)


All-time series: K-State trails, 21-42
Last Meeting: Baylor won, 3-1, in Manhattan on April 19, 2014

Friday, April 24
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (1-2, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP Drew Tolson (2-6, 3.82 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports-Pacific
Online: Baylor All-Access (also available to K-StateHD.TV subscribers)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Saturday, April 25
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. RHP Nick Lewis (1-2, 6.17 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports-Atlantic
Online: Baylor All-Access (also available to K-StateHD.TV subscribers)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Sunday, April 26
First Pitch: 2 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. LHP Daniel Castano (2-5, 3.49 ERA)
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com



DUE UP
The Wildcats, after dropping their midweek contest at No. 26 Nebraska on Tuesday, continue their six-game road trip with a three-game series at Baylor from April 24-26 at Baylor Ballpark ... K-State arrives in Waco on a three-game losing streak, tied for its longest of the season ... The Wildcats are 1-4 in Big 12 series, with the one series win being vs. No. 3 TCU at home from April 10-12 ... K-State is 5-4 over its last 9 games ... Baylor, which won its midweek game vs. Lamar on Tuesday, enters this weekend's series 3-2 in its last 5 games ... The Bears have won 2 Big 12 series, with victories vs. West Virginia (March 20-22) and Oklahoma (March 27-29) ... K-State is 3-9 on the road while Baylor 13-8 at home.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State lost the season series to Nebraska after the Wildcats dropped the second and final matchup against the Huskers, 10-4, on Tuesday ... Nebraska grabbed a 7-0 lead through the fourth inning as it scored 3 runs in the second, 2 in the third and 2 in the fourth ... Six of the Huskers' first 7 hits were for extra bases, including 2 solo home runs in the third off Mark Biesma ... K-State struck for a run in the sixth when Tyler Wolfe, who reached with his first career triple to open the frame, was driven in by Steve Serratore's single ... After Nebraska scored 3 runs in the seventh, the Wildcats answered with 3 runs of their own when a sacrifice fly by Taylor Anderson and a 2-run, 2-out single by Sam Chadick made it 10-4 ... K-State starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis took the loss after allowing 3 runs on one hit and 3 walks in 1 1/3 innings ... Nebraska starting pitcher Garett King pitched 4 shutout innings in a scheduled short start to earn the win.

800 WINS
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 the weekend with a career record of 799-385-3 (.674) ... With K-State, Hill is 381-294-3 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.

DOWN WITH OBP
Max Brown, who went 1-for-5 on Tuesday at Nebraska, is in the midst of a career-high 13-game on-base streak ... The senior has a .362 OBP over the stretch, going 16-for-52 (.308) with 3 doubles, 3 triples, 4 walks and 9 RBIs since April 2 ... Brown has reached base safely 2 or more times in 6 of the 13 games of his on-base streak ... The streak is also the third-highest by a Wildcat this season, trailing Shane Conlon (22 games) and Steve Serratore (15) ... Brown has reached base safely in 32 of his 39 games this season.

SENIOR MOMENT
Shane Conlon has heated up over the last 5 games as the redshirt senior is hitting .400 (8-for-20) with 2 doubles, 3 walks and 3 runs scored over the span ... Conlon has a pair of multi-hit efforts since April 14, giving him a team-best 12 multi-hit games this season ... The first baseman also has a hit in 9 of the last 10 games, helping him enter this weekend with the most hits (45) by a Wildcat.

FROM THE `PEN
A quartet of K-State relievers have been steady in Big 12 play over the last 3 weeks ... Lucas Benenati, Jackson Douglas, Corey Fischer and Bryce Ward have not allowed a run in a combined 16 1/3 innings since the West Virginia series ... Benenati enters the weekend with the Wildcats' longest scoreless inning streak of the season, a stretch that sits at 9 2/3 innings ... Of those 9 2/3 innings, 3 1/3 frames are in Big 12 action ... Douglas has thrown 2 1/3 shutout innings in his last 3 Big 12 appearances, striking out 2 and not issuing any walks ... Fischer, who has a 0.90 ERA (1er, 10.0ip) as a reliever in conference play, has not allowed a run in his last 5 appearances (7.0 IP, all in Big 12 games) ... Ward has registered 3 2/3 shutout innings in his last 4 Big 12 appearances, a scoreless streak that is part of an overall 4 1/3 straight innings without allowing a run.

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Wildcats have been able to start a Big 12 series on a winning note by winning each of the last 4 series openers ... It is the first time since 2013 that K-State has won a Big 12 series opener 4 consecutive times as the Wildcats beat the likes of TCU (April 26), Texas (May 3), Kansas (May 10) and Oklahoma (May 17) two years ago ... In 4 of the Big 12 series opening wins this season, K-State has captured 3 at home ... The Wildcats, who won the opener at Oklahoma State on March 27, have not won back-to-back Big 12 series openers on the road since 2013 (at Texas and KU).

HEATING UP
Steve Serratore returned to the K-State lineup on Tuesday at Nebraska, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored ... Serratore, who missed 4 of the previous 5 games, has 3 multi-hit games in his last 5 contests ... The redshirt sophomore is hitting .412 (7-for-17) with 4 RBIs since April 8.

SERIES NOTES
K-State trails in the all-time series vs. Baylor, 21-42 ... The Wildcats have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, though; a stretch that dates back to a Big 12 Tournament matchup on May 24, 2013 ... In 2014, K-State won the series, 2-1, in Manhattan from April 17-19 ... The Wildcats won the first 2 contests before losing the series finale, 3-1 ... K-State has never won a series in Waco, going 0-9 since 1997 ... All-time, the Wildcats are 4-25 at Baylor ... In the last series at Baylor, K-State won the opener, 3-2, before losing the next 2 games by a combined 3 runs (10-8 and 7-6) ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 16-23.