Notes: Cats Make First Ever Trip to Morgantown

April 24, 2014

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K-State Athletics

K-State (23-19, 4-8 Big 12) at West Virginia (21-16, 4-7 Big 12)
Hawley Field – Morgantown, W. Va.

Friday, April 25 – 5 PM CT
RHP Levi MaVorhis (5-4, 2.70) vs. LHP Harrison Musgrave (3-3, 2.18)

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PBP: Brian Smoller

Saturday, April 26 – 3 PM CT
LHP Jordan Floyd (0-1, 4.67) vs. LHP John Means (5-1, 1.41)

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Sunday, April 27 – 11 AM CT
RHP Nate Griep (3-3, 3.12) vs. LHP Ross Vance (2-0, 3.00)

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K-State starts its stretch of seven-straight road games with its first ever trip to Morgantown, W. Va. to face West Virginia from April 25-27. The Wildcats enter the series 1-1 on the week after splitting their midweek series with Bakersfield. West Virginia has won three straight games, including its midweek games this week against Maryland and Marshall.

The Wildcats and Bakersfield split its two-game set at Tointon Family Stadium, with the Roadrunners winning game one, 5-2, and the Wildcats capturing game two, 13-0. K-State built a 2-0 lead on in game one on Monday, but a pinch-hit home run by Bakersfield’s Soloman Williams in the sixth inning scored the first of five unanswered runs by the Roadrunners. Bakersfield tied the game in the sixth, and scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to put away the Wildcats. In game two on Tuesday, K-State’s Max Brown hit a bases-clearing triple in the second inning to ignite the Wildcats’ offensive barrage. Brown finished with a career-high three hits and scored two runs. K-State scored three runs in the fourth with two outs, including two on a triple by Austin Fisher, while in the fifth, Brown scored on an RBI single by Ross Kivett. Of the 15 batters used by K-State on Tuesday, 14 reached  base with a hit, walk or hit by pitch.

K-State leads the all-time series against West Virginia, 2-1. All three meetings in the series took place in Manhattan in 2013. K-State lost the first game of the series, 13-2, before winning game two, 6-5, after a run in the bottom of the eighth to score the game-winning run. Both K-State wins in the series were by one run.

K-State’s 13-0 shutout of Bakersfield this past Tuesday was its sixth shutout of the season, the most by the Wildcats in a season since 1991. It is the seventh time in program history that K-State has recorded six or more shutouts in a season, with the most being eight in 1966. Five of K-State’s six shutouts this season have been at home while of two of the six are against Big 12 teams. K-State’s six shutouts are tied with Texas for the second most by a Big 12 team this season (leader: TCU, 10).

K-State’s 13 runs this past Tuesday were the 10th time this season that the Wildcats have scored 10 or more runs in a game. The Wildcats have scored 271 runs this season, trailing Texas Tech’s 282 runs for the most by a Big 12 team this season. The Wildcats’ average of 6.5 runs per game this season lead all Big 12 teams, though, as Texas Tech is averaging 6.2 runs per game. Last season, K-State averaged 6.5 runs per game (355 runs/55 games) during the regular season.

Tuesday’s 17 hits were also the 22nd time this season K-State has had 10 or more hits in a game. The Wildcats are third among Big 12 teams with 421 hits this season, with Texas Tech leading the way 424. K-State leads the Big 12 in batting average with a .298 clip.

Max Brown notched a career-high three hits in the last game, including a three-run triple - his second triple of the season. Brown has started each of the last six games, batting .400 (8-for-20) with a triple, home run, five RBI, three walks and two stolen bases over the stretch. In his last two games, he has five hits. He is tied for the team lead with eight hits since April 15.

Ross Kivett joined Brown on Tuesday as two of the five Wildcats with multi-hit efforts. It was Kivett’s fourth multi-hit game in the last five contests and 14th of the season, which are the fourth-most on K-State. Kivett has also reached base safely in eight straight games, including two or more times in seven of those eight games. Kivett is second in the Big 12 in OBP (.460), tied for fourth in walks (30), fifth in hits (54), and eighth in batting average (.340).

Ross Kivett had one steal on Tuesday, making him a perfect 17-for-17 in steal attempts this season. His 17 stolen bases are tied with Cody Jones of TCU for the most by a Big 12 player this season. Dating back to last season, Kivett is successful in his last 21 stolen base attempts. He also has 76 stolen bases in his K-State career, which are two away from tying Adam Muenster (2007-10) for the most in school history. Kivett’s 76 career stolen bases are the most among active Big 12 players as well.

With the help of six stolen bases in the last three games, K-State leads all Big 12 teams with 75 stolen bases this season, which are 14 more than second-place West Virginia (61). The Wildcats have 22 stolen bases in their last 10 games and have not been caught stealing in the last 22 attempts (since April 8 vs. Wichita State). In addition to Ross Kivett leading the conference with 17 steals, RJ Santigate is tied for third with 15 while Clayton Dalrymple is tied for ninth with nine.

Freshman Tanner DeVinny enters the West Virginia series second in the Big 12 with a .368 batting average in conference-only games while he is leading the conference in such games in OBP (.500) and SLG (.605). DeVinny leads K-State with four multi-RBI games in conference action - he is the only Wildcat with more than one multi-RBI game - and he is tied for the team lead with four multi-hit games in Big 12 play. Also in conference-only games, DeVinny leads the team in RBI (10), doubles (3), home runs (2), and walks (7) while he is second in hits (14). 

Another freshman, Tyler Stover, has appeared in six Big 12 games this season, batting .471 (8-for-17) with two doubles and four RBI in such contests. Stover is 4-for-6 (.667) this season with runners in scoring position in Big 12 games. Stover has started six of the last seven games.

In the last five games, the K-State bullpen has a 2.00 ERA (0er, 4.1ip), six strikeouts and no walks.