Notes: Cats Travel to Wichita to Face Shockers

May 5, 2014

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K-State (23-25, 4-14 Big 12) at Wichita State (25-23, 9-6 MVC)
Eck Stadium - Wichita, Kan.

Tuesday, May 6 - 7 PM
RHP Jake Fromson (1-1, 3.28) vs. LHP Kris Gardner (1-3, 4.94)

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K-State wraps up its nonconference schedule for the 2014 regular season with the second of two games this year against Wichita State on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm. The Wildcats enter the matchup in a season-long six-game losing streak while Wichita State is a winner in its last three games after sweeping conference foe Bradley last weekend. K-State is ninth in the Big 12 standings, and Wichita State is fifth in the Missouri Valley.

K-State completed its Big 12 road schedule by being swept by No. 13 TCU in a three-game series in Fort Worth. The Wildcats were shut out by the Horned Frogs in game one, 5-0, which was K-State's first shutout in a Big 12 road game since 2012. TCU's Preston Morrison shut down K-State, throwing his third shutout of the year by scattering seven Wildcat hits over nine innings. In game two, Ross Kivett led off the game with a home run to give K-State an early 1-0 lead, but three two-out runs in the fourth inning provided TCU with the game-deciding runs in its 3-1 win. TCU starting pitcher Tyler Alexander and two relievers gave up two hits in the final eight innings. The K-State bullpen did not allow a run of its own in a combined 4 1/3 innings. In game three, K-State twice led by three runs, including the final time when it scored four runs without any hits in the fourth inning, but TCU scored seven runs in the fifth and 10 in the sixth to win the series finale, 21-7. TCU had 18 hits while K-State had five.

K-State trails in the all-time series against Wichita State, 35-51, but the Wildcats have won four straight against the Shockers. K-State won the first meeting of the 2014 season on April 8, as the Wildcats held on to win 3-2 after scoring all three of its runs in the first three innings. K-State is 14-30 against the Shockers in Wichita. The Wildcats won the only meeting in Wichita last season, 4-1, and they have won five of the last seven meetings in Wichita. Since 2008, K-State is 10-4 against Wichita State.

Senior Ross Kivett is in need of one more stolen base to take hold of K-State's career stolen bases record. Kivett enters the Wichita State game with 78 career stolen bases, which places him in a tie with Adam Muenster for the current school record. Kivett's 78 steals are also the most among active Big 12 players and tied for fifth all-time in conference history. Kivett, who is perfect in his stolen base attempts this season, is tied for second among Big 12 players this year with 19 steals. Dating back to the end of last season, Kivett is perfect in his last 23 stolen base attempts. Kivett needs five more stolen bases to tie Cody Fuller (Texas Tech, 2002-05) for fourth on the all-time Big 12 career record list.

K-State did not steal a base in its three-game series against TCU last weekend, but the Wildcats still pace the Big 12 with 80 steals this season. The 80 stolen bases are also 13th in NCAA Division I. Fourteen different Wildcats have at least one stolen base this season, with three in double digits (Kivett, 19; Santigate, 15; Dalrymple, 10).

Ross Kivett started his 200th consecutive game this past Sunday against TCU, which is the longest streak in K-State history and currently the third-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Kivett has also been slated in the Wildcats' leadoff spot in the batting order for 99 straight games entering Tuesday against Wichita State. Overall, Kivett has started 208 games at K-State, which are the fourth-most in program history. Kivett has also played in 218 games as a Wildcat, which is the second-most in program history.

Mitch Meyer had five hits during the three-game series at TCU, helping him bat .556 with one walk in his last three games. Meyer had two multi-hit games in the TCU series, giving him three multi-hit games in his last five contests and 10 multi-hit games this season. The 10 multi-hit games best his previous career-high of nine set last season.

K-State is atop the Big 12 and 29th in the country in on-base percentage (.386) due in part to 206 walks - which are also the 29th most in NCAA Division I. The Wildcats have 10 walks in the last five games, led by four from RJ Santigate. Santigate, who has a .406 OBP, is one of seven Wildcats who enter the Wichita State game with an OBP above .400 this season. Santigate is also one of three Wildcats with 20 or more walks: Santigate has 22 walks, Fisher has 23, and Kivett leads the team with 31. In nonconference action, K-State has a .417 OBP and is averaging 4.9 walks per game.

In 30 nonconference games, K-State is batting .313 (317-for-1013) with 74 extra-base hits. The Wildcats are averaging 7.2 runs per nonconference game (217 total runs), while the pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA against nonconference foes. In its last nonconference game, K-State beat Bakersfield, 13-0.

Four Wildcats, with a minimum of 100 at-bats, are batting .345 or higher in nonconference action this season, led by Austin Fisher's .357 batting average (41-for-115). RJ Santigate is second with a .354 clip, and Ross Kivett (.351) and Shane Conlon (.345) are third and fourth, respectively. Five Wildcats have 20 or more RBIs in nonconference play, led by 23 from Conlon, Fisher, and Kivett. Rounding out the group of five are Mitch Meyer (21) and Tanner DeVinny (20).

Austin Fisher and Shane Conlon were each hit by a pitch over the weekend at TCU, bringing K-State's total hit by pitches this season to 72 - the most among all Big 12 teams. The 72 hit by pitches already rank among the Wildcats' top 10 in program history, checking in as the seventh-most. Last year, K-State was hit by a pitch 96 times, while the program-record is 110 (2010). In six of the last seven seasons, K-State has been hit by a pitch 70 or more times. The Wildcats are also 25th in NCAA Division I with the 72 hit by pitches this year. Conlon, meanwhile, leads K-State with 11 hit by pitches.