Notes: Cats End Season against No. 19 Texas

May 15, 2014

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K-State (24-28, 4-17 Big 12) vs. No. 19 Texas (34-15, 11-10 Big 12)
Tointon Family Stadium – Manhattan, Kan.

Friday, May 16 – 6:30 pm
RHP Jake Matthys (2-4, 7.88) vs. LHP Dillon Peters (5-3, 2.50)

Watch it on:
Cox Kansas 22 (streamed online by K-StateHD.TV outside the state of Kansas)
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Mike Clark

Hear it on:
K-State Sports Network
PBP: Matt Walters, John Kurtz

Postgame Fireworks, presented by K-State Student Union Program Council (UPC)
$3 tickets with Kansas State 2014 graduation program

Saturday, May 17 – 6:30 pm
LHP Jared Moore (5-3, 4.52) vs. RHP Nathan Thornhill (6-2, 1.75)

Watch it on:
FOX College Sports
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Mike Clark

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
PBP: Matt Walters, John Kurtz

Senior Night
Armed Forces Day/Military Appreciation - $3 tickets with military ID
$3 tickets with Kansas State 2014 graduation program


Sunday, May 18 – 3:30 pm
RHP Jake Fromson (2-1, 3.07) vs. RHP Parker French (5-4, 2.27)

Watch it on: 
FOX Sports 1
PBP: Dave Barnett
Analyst: Pat Combs

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
PBP: Matt Walters, Brian Smoller

Wildcat 4 Pack – 4 General Admission tickets, 4 concession vouchers, all for $34
Family Fun Day
Willie’s Fun Zone (pregame)
Kids Run the Bases (postgame)
Mini Helmet Ice Cream Sundaes for $5

K-State will wrap up its 2014 season with a three-game series against No. 19 Texas from May 16-18 at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats enter the series in the midst of a three-game losing streak and have lost nine of their last 10 games. Texas, which did not play a weekend series last week, is 4-8 in its last 12 games. The Longhorns lost two out of the three games in their last series from May 2-4 at West Virginia. K-State has been eliminated from the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship next week in Oklahoma City while Texas, currently the fifth seed, could rise as high as the No. 4 seed or fall to the No. 6 seed based on this weekend’s results. Texas Tech (11-10 Big 12) enters the weekend the No. 4 seed, and West Virginia (9-11) is in the No. 6 spot.

K-State was swept for the third straight series after the Wildcats were defeated in all three games against No. 7 Oklahoma State last weekend at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State was shut out, 8-0, in game one as Oklahoma State’s Jon Perrin limited the Wildcats to four hits in nine innings. The Cowboys’ starting pitcher also struck out 10 while Wildcat starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis was responsible for five runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. In game two, after grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Wildcats trailed 6-1 following Oklahoma State’s four-run fifth, but in the bottom of the fifth, K-State scored three runs to pull within two, 6-4. The Wildcats used an error, a bases-loaded walk, and an RBI single to score the three runs. However, Vince Wheeland led the Oklahoma State bullpen by throwing four shutout innings and helping the Cowboys win, 6-4. In game three, K-State fell behind by as much as 16-1 before being mercy-ruled 17-5. Oklahoma State used 17 hits and eight walks to score its 17 runs. Mitch Meyer hit a two-run home run for K-State in its four-run sixth.

K-State is 14-45-1 all-time against Texas, including a 14-35-1 mark against the Longhorns in Big 12 play. The series is even, 3-3, since 2012 - the last time the two teams met in Manhattan. K-State won two of the three games last year to win its first series against Texas since 2009. K-State has not won back-to-back season series since 1997-98. The 1998 series victory is the only previous time K-State has beaten Texas in a series in Manhattan. Since K-State won the series in 2009, 14 of the the last 16 games between the Wildcats and Longhorns have been decided by three runs or less, including six one-run contests.

K-State had a program-record 11 student-athletes named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team on Thursday. All four senior Wildcats, Blair DeBord, Ross Kivett, Jared Moore, and RJ Santigate, were named to the team while seven total Wildcats were named to the First Team: Kivett, Santigate, Clayton Dalrymple, Nate Griep, Colton Kalmus, Levi MaVorhis, and Jordan Witcig. Eight Wildcats - DeBord, Landon Busch, Dalrymple, Griep, Kalmus, MaVorhis, Mitch Meyer, and Witcig - were named Academic All-Big 12 for the first time in their careers. The previous K-State record for most Academic All-Big 12 selections in a season was seven (Last: 2012).

This weekend will be the final time four K-State seniors take the field in a Wildcat uniform. Blair DeBord, Ross Kivett, Jared Moore, and RJ Santigate represent the Class of 2014 for K-State Baseball. The four seniors have helped K-State reach multiple NCAA Regionals, win its first conference title in 80 years and advance to its first ever Super Regional. The seniors come from as far away as Las Vegas (Santigate) and Broadview Heights, Ohio (Kivett) to Boulder, Colorado (Moore) and Manhattan (DeBord). DeBord and Moore are graduating on Saturday, May 17, with both obtaining degrees in marketing, while Santigate, who already earned a degree in social science last season, is pursuing a second degree in secondary education. Kivett is on track to graduate in December of 2014 with a degree in communications.

K-State leads all Big 12 teams in stolen bases in overall games (82) and in conference-only games (26) this season. Ross Kivett leads all Wildcats, and is tied for second among all Big 12 players, with 19 stolen bases while RJ Santigate’s 15 stolen bases are second-best on K-State and tied for fifth in the Big 12. Fourteen of the 16 Wildcats who have reached base this season have at least one stolen base. 

Ross Kivett needs one more stolen base to set a new K-State record for career stolen bases. The infielder/outfielder enters the Texas series with 78 career stolen bases, tying him for first in program history with Adam Muenster (2007-10). Kivett had 25 or more stolen bases in 2012 and 2013, including a career-high 26 last season. His stolen base percentage of 95% this season (19-for-20) is his best average of his career, besting the previous mark of 86.2% in 2012 (25-for-29). 

Mitch Meyer, who had four hits last weekend against Oklahoma State, enters the Texas series with a seven-game on-base streak. The redshirt junior also has a hit in six of his last seven games, a stretch in which he is batting .409 (9-for-22) with two RBIs, three walks, and four runs scored. He is two games away from tying his season-high in on-base streak, which was set at nine from March 9-22. Meyer has drawn 18 walks this season, after walking four times in 70 career games in his first two seasons. 

Freshman reliever Jake Fromson, who is second on the team with 22 appearances, has a 1.46 ERA in his last four appearances. The right-hander has thrown two or more innings in three of those four appearances and tossed two or more innings in nine of his last 12 games. His 38.0 innings pitched as a reliever lead all Wildcats.

K-State has drawn 61,516 fans to Tointon Family Stadium this season, which is already a program-record. The Wildcats are averaging 2,929 fans per game and have seen five of their 12 biggest crowds in stadium history occur this season, including a season-high 3,847 fans on April 5 vs. Kansas.