Notes: Wildcats, Jayhawks Meet in Sunflower Showdown

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K-State (24-27, 8-13 Big 12), KU (22-30, 7-13 Big 12) Square Off in Sunflower Showdown
Location: Hoglund Ballpark (Lawrence, Kan.)



All-time series: K-State leads, 173-165-1
Last Meeting: KU won, 2-1, on April 6, 2014 in Manhattan


Friday, May 15
First Pitch: 6 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (5-2, 2.58 ERA) vs. LHP Ben Krauth (7-4, 3.14 ERA)
TV: Jayhawk Television Network (Cox Kansas - Channel 22/2022)
Online: ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Saturday, May 16
First Pitch: 2 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. RHP Drew Morovick (4-4, 4.18 ERA)
TV: Jayhawk Television Network (Cox Kansas - Channel 22/2022)
Online: ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com

Sunday, May 17
First Pitch: 2 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA
TV: Jayhawk Television Network (Cox Kansas - Channel 22/2022)
Online: ESPN3
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here or www.1350kman.com


DUE UP
In the final weekend of regular season play, K-State will travel east to Lawrence to take on KU in a three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark from May 15-17 ... The Sunflower Showdown will help determine the field for the Big 12 Championships next week in Tulsa, Oklahoma as K-State and KU are among 5 teams competing for the final 4 spots in the tournament ... The Wildcats are coming off a series loss to Oklahoma last weekend ... K-State is 6-6 in its last 12 games, with series wins at Baylor and vs. Arkansas State ... KU enters the weekend having lost a rain-shortened series vs. TCU ... The Jayhawks and Horned Frogs played just 2 of the scheduled 3 games, with TCU winning 4-2 and 2-1 ... KU, which is 6-6 in its last 12 games, has lost 2 of its 3 conference series at home this season ... The Wildcats, meanwhile, are 1-2 in road Big 12 series ... K-State lost the last series between the two teams, dropping 2 games out of 3 at home from April 4-6, 2013.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State lost its fifth Big 12 series of the season as the Wildcats lost the final 2 games of the set vs. Oklahoma in Manhattan last weekend ... The Wildcats shut out Oklahoma, 5-0, in the series opener and managed to put the game-tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning of the next 2 games before falling 5-3 and 4-3, respectively.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Shane Conlon and Nate Griep were named Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the period ending May 10 ... The weekly conference honor was Conlon's first of his career ... The redshirt senior led the conference in hits while batting .471 (8-for-17) with three RBIs and four runs scored ... Griep threw a shutout against Oklahoma last Friday, holding the top offense in conference-only games to just 3 hits and 6 total baserunners ... Griep is the first Wildcat to be named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week since 2011 (James Allen) ... K-State has garnered a Big 12 player of the week award 8 times this season, tied with Oklahoma State for the most by a single team ... It is also the most in a single season in program history.

STAFF ACE
Following last Friday's shutout of Oklahoma, Nate Griep enters the final week of the regular season having already turned in one of the best pitching seasons by a Wildcat in the Brad Hill era ... Griep has thrown 2 complete games this season and 3 in his career while his 2 career shutouts are tied with 3 other pitchers for the most by a Wildcat in school history ... Griep's 55 strikeouts are the most by a Wildcat pitcher since 2012 when three different hurlers had 59 or more (Joe Flattery, 59; Matt Applegate, 60; Kayvon Bahramzadeh, 79) ... His .217 batting average against is currently the lowest ever by a K-State pitcher with a minimum of 10 starts in a season ... The next lowest batting average against by a K-State pitcher was recorded by A.J. Morris in 2009 (.222 in 16 starts, 116.1 IP) ... Griep has allowed 54 hits in 69 2/3 innings this season, with just 10 of those hits being for extra bases.

SENIORITY RULES
Shane Conlon, K-State's leading hitter with a .326 batting average, has been on a tear since returning from a five-game absence due to injury ... The redshirt senior is 8-for-17 (.471) in his last 4 games, driving in three runs and scoring another four ... The stretch has helped Conlon move into the Big 12's top-10 for batting average for overall games as he sits in 10th ... He is also ninth in OBP (.413) ... Since April 14, Conlon is hitting .422 (19-for-45) with 3 doubles, 5 RBIs and 5 walks in 12 games ... He has 6 multi-hit games over his last 12 contests, helping him lead the Wildcats with 16 multi-hit efforts this season.

GOOD PENMANSHIP
The K-State bullpen continues to be a strong asset for the Wildcats as the group of relievers has a 3.67 ERA (96er, 235.2ip) this season, including a 3.17 ERA in Big 12 action ... The ERA in conference-only games trails 2011 (3.16) for the lowest by the Wildcat bullpen since 2010 ... The overall ERA of 3.67 trails 2013 (3.40) and 2011 (3.43) for the lowest in the last 6 seasons ... K-State starting pitchers this season have a 4.90 ERA (116er, 213.0ip) ... Last season, the Wildcat bullpen had a 5.60 and 7.20 ERA in overall and Big 12 games, respectively ... Last weekend vs. Oklahoma, the Wildcat bullpen allowed 2 earned runs in 13.2 IP.

WHAT A RELIEF
Jordan Floyd has been one of K-State's top relief options over the last month, posting a 1.15 ERA (2er, 15.2ip) and .236 batting average against in his 7 appearances since April 14 ... The Topeka native has thrown 2 or more innings in 4 of those 7 appearances, including a career-high 4 1/3 frames in his last outing on May 10 vs. Oklahoma ... Floyd has logged 41.0 innings this season, which are the most by a Wildcat reliever since Jake Matthys in 2013 (57.0 IP) ... Matthys tossed 44 2/3 of his 57 innings during the regular season ... For the season, Floyd has retired 85% of the first batters he faced in his 20 outings while also allowing just 35% of inherited runners to score.

BEE STINGS
Alex Bee may have 6 hits in his last 7 games, but the junior has found a way to reach base safely with the help of walks ... The catcher has 10 walks in his last 7 contests, helping him post a .607 OBP over the stretch, which is the best among the Wildcats since April 29 ... Bee is also hitting .353 (6-for-17) with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs ... He has a walk in 6 of his last 7 games, including 2 walks in 4 different games.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
K-State has committed just 14 errors in its last 16 games, as opposed to its opponents registering 26 errors over the same stretch ... In Big 12-only games, the Wildcats trail KU for the best team fielding percentage (.978) and fewest errors (18) ... The Wildcats are 46th in the nation in fielding percentage (.974) while among Big 12 teams, K-State is tied with KU for the fourth-best fielding percentage in the conference ... K-State's best fielding percentage in a single season in program history is set at .976, established in 2012 ... The fewest errors committed by the Wildcats in a season is 56, set over 58 games in 2012 ... The Wildcats have 51 in 51 games entering this weekend.

SCENARIO GENERATOR
For K-State to qualify for the Big 12 Championships for the eighth time in the last nine years, the Wildcats would need a number of different scenarios to work out as five teams are competing for the final four spots in the eight-team tournament in Tulsa ... If K-State wins the series at KU, the Wildcats would clinch a spot in the tournament ... If K-State wins just one of the three games, the Wildcats would need Baylor to lose its series at Texas this weekend or West Virginia be swept by Texas Tech ... The Wildcats have the tiebreaker over Baylor as K-State won the series in Waco April 24-26 ... Texas and West Virginia, meanwhile, hold the tiebreakers over the Wildcats ... If K-State is swept by the Jayhawks, the Wildcats would qualify only if either Baylor or West Virginia is swept this weekend ... If K-State wins this weekend's KU series and Baylor wins two-out-of-three vs. Texas, the Wildcats, Bears and Longhorns would be in a three-way tie with matching 10-14 records ... In this scenario, a "mini round-robin" amongst the three teams is used to break the three-way tie, which would mean Texas (4-2), Baylor (3-3) and K-State (2-4) would be situated in such order ... The soonest K-State could clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championships is on Friday night, but only if the Wildcats beat KU and West Virginia, which opens its three-game series vs. Texas Tech on Thursday, loses the first 2 games of its home set.

SERIES NOTES
K-State leads the all-time series against KU, 173-165-1 ... In all-time Big 12 games, the Wildcats also lead the series, 33-20 ... This weekend marks the first time since 2011 that the Jayhawks and Wildcats will end the season playing against each other ... K-State swept the 2011 series, scoring 10 or more runs in all 3 games ... K-State has won the last 2 series held in Lawrence (2011 and 2013) ... Since 2007, K-State is 20-7 against KU, including 8-2 in Lawrence ... The Wildcats are 67-84 all-time at KU ... K-State head coach Brad Hill is 21-14 against KU ... The Jayhawks won the last series in 2014, winning the final 2 games of the set after K-State shut out KU, 10-0, in the series opener ... The first meeting in the all-time series was held in 1897, a game KU won, 9-6, in Lawrence.