Notes: K-State Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate at Wichita St.
Notes: K-State Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate at Wichita St.
K-State (23-24) Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate at Wichita State (18-29)
Location: Eck Stadium (Wichita, Kan.)
All-time series: K-State trails, 37-51
Last Meeting: K-State won, 5-4 in 10 innings, on April 14 in Manhattan
Tuesday, May 5
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Mark Biesma (0-2, 7.17 ERA) vs. LHP Sam Hilliard (0-3, 6.97)
TV: Cox Kansas (PBP -- Mark Ewing, Analyst -- Mike Clark)
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, John Kurtz)
Online Audio: Here orwww.1350kman.com
K-State will wrap up its entire non-conference slate this week with a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Wichita State on Tuesday, May 5 ... The contest will also conclude a stretch of six-straight non-conference games for the Wildcats, a span in which they have gone 3-2 so far ... The Wildcats are coming off a series victory against Arkansas State this past weekend at home ... Since beating Wichita State in the season's first meeting on April 14, K-State is 6-6 over its last 12 games ... The Wildcats have played 6 of their last 9 games on the road entering Tuesday's contest in Wichita ... The Shockers, meanwhile, are 5-6 after the loss at K-State ... Over its last 16 games, Wichita State is 5-11, including 3 straight losses entering Tuesday ... K-State has won the season series against the Shockers in each of the last 2 seasons.
LAST TIME OUT
K-State won its fifth three-game series of the season by outscoring Arkansas State, 34-22, over the set and winning 2 of the 3 games ... The Wildcats dropped the series opener on Friday, 11-6, after they left 13 runners on base and allowed 8 runs over the final 3 innings ... K-State led 5-3 after the sixth, but 4 runs in the seventh proved too much ... In game two, the Wildcats used a six-run third and seven-run seventh to even the series with a 16-5 win ... Seven Wildcats had at least one RBI, led by 3 from Clayton Dalrymple, while they combined for a season-best 14 walks ... Nate Griep struck out 7, his most since February 28 at Cal, to earn the win for K-State ... In the series finale, another big in-ning, this time a six-run sixth, broke open an early back-and-forth affair and helped K-State win, 12-6 ... K-State had 15 hits on Sunday, its fourth straight game with double-digit hits ... Tyler Moore and Max Brown each went 3-for-5, with Moore hitting his second homer of the series while Brown drove in two runs.
BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For the fourth and fifth times in the last four weeks, K-State had a player recognized by the Big 12 Conference for his performance during a week as Tyler Moore was named Co-Player of the Week and Tyler Wolfe the Newcomer of the Week for the period ending May 3 ... Moore led the conference with a .529 batting average, .591 on-base percentage and 1.176 slugging percentage while also driving in four runs ... Wolfe paced Big 12 hitters with 7 RBIs while finishing tied for first in walks (6), tied for second in hits (8) and third in OBP (.560) ... Moore and Wolfe helped K-State lead the conference in batting average, runs and walks for the week ... It was Moore's second weekly honor and first Player of the Week award after the Coffeyville CC transfer was named Newcomer of the Week on March 9 ... For Wolfe, it was his second Newcomer of the Week accolade as the Des Moines Area CC transfer picked up his first honor on April 6 ... K-State has accumulated 6 Big 12 player of the week awards this season, its most in a single season in program history ... The previous best of 5 was set 3 times, with the last two happening in 2013 and 2014.
MOORE IS BETTER
Tyler Moore's last 4 games, in which he is hitting .563 (9-for-16) with 4 RBIs, are part of a 15-game stretch that he is batting .392 (20-for-51) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 9 RBIs ... He is the team's leader in batting average since April 7, when his 15-game stretch began ... Also over his last 15 games, Moore has a .450 OBP and .706 slugging percentage ... For the entire season, the junior is 10th among Big 12 hitters in batting average (.323) and seventh in slugging (.520).
K-State's other catcher, Alex Bee, is also in the midst of a hot streak as the junior is batting .379 (11-for-29) with a double, a home run, 3 RBIs and 6 walks in his last 10 games ... Bee has drawn all 6 of those walks since April 29 at Minnesota as he has a free pass in 4 straight games entering Tuesday ... Bee also has 4 multi-hit efforts in his last 8 games ... For the season, Bee has 5 multi-hit games, with just one in his first 17 contests.
K-State has utilized a lineup featuring both of its catchers, Alex Bee and Tyler Moore, 7 times this season, going 5-2 ... In those 7 games, K-State is hitting .313 (73-for-233) with 10 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs and 50 RBIs while averaging 8.1 runs per game ... The Wildcats have used a lineup with Moore and Bee either in the C, 1B or DH spot 5 times in the last 7 games, going 4-1.
WOLFE ON WALK STREET
Tyler Wolfe enters Tuesday's matchup in the midst of a career-high 12-game on-base streak ... Over the dozen games, the junior has a .484 OBP with the help of 16 hits, 13 walks and one hit by pitch ... Wolfe, who has walked in each of the last 4 games for a total of 6 base on balls, leads the Wildcats with 28 walks this season ... Starting on April 3 vs. West Virginia when he walked a career-high 3 times, Wolfe has drawn 17 walks while striking out just 6 times in 20 games.
WALK THE LINE
As a team, K-State has drawn 46 walks in the last 4 games, including 11 on May 1 and 14 on May 2 ... The Wildcats have a team OBP of .440 over the stretch while also hitting .299.
Although it trails in the all-time series vs. Wichita State, 37-51, K-State has won 6 straight games against the Shockers and 12 of the last 15 ... The stretch started on April 29, 2008 in Wichita (W, 3-2) ... The current six-game winning streak started on April 9, 2013 (W, 7-6 in Manhattan) ... Three of the last 6 games have been decided by one run ... K-State has only lost one nine-inning game to Wichita State in the last 15 contests ... K-State is 5-2 in the last 7 games in Wichita ... All-time, the Wildcats are 14-31 at Wichita State ... Since 2005, K-State is 16-6 against Wichita State, including 7-3 on the road ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 16-8 all-time against Wichita State.