Notes: K-State Set for Big 12 Baseball Championship

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K-State (26-28, 10-14 Big 12) Set for 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
Location: ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)



All-time in Conference Tournament: 17-30
All-time in Conference Tournament (Big 12 Era): 13-14
Record in Last Trip to Big 12 Baseball Championship: 2-1 (2013)


Wednesday, May 20
First Pitch: 4 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Colton Kalmus (1-4, 4.20 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Elliott (4-5, 2.92 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports/FSSW+/FSMW+
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com

Thursday, May 21
If K-State wins...
First Pitch: 7:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (6-2, 2.35 ERA) vs. TBD
TV: Fox College Sports/FSSW+/FSMW+
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com

If K-State loses...
First Pitch: 12:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (6-2, 2.35 ERA) vs. TBD
TV: Fox College Sports/FSSW+/FSMW+
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: www.k-statesports.com

For complete information about this week, check out Tournament Central here.


DUE UP
For the seventh time in the last 8 years, K-State will play in the Big 12 Baseball Championship as the Wildcats open the 2015 edition with a 4 p.m. matchup on Wednesday, May 20 against Oklahoma at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma ... The Wildcats finished the regular season sixth in the Big 12 standings with a 10-14 conference record ... Oklahoma, meanwhile, was third with a 13-11 mark ... K-State and the Sooners are 2 of the 4 teams in the Division Two of the Championship bracket, joined by No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 7 West Virginia ... The winner of K-State-Oklahoma and Oklahoma State-West Virginia will play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 while the losers will play at 12:30 p.m. on the same day ... K-State won the first game of each of the regular season series against OU, OSU and WVU before dropping the final 2 contests.

SEASON AT A GLANCE
K-State, which was picked to finish last in the Big 12 standings in the preseason coaches poll, finished with its most conference wins since 2013 after claiming series wins against No. 3 TCU, Baylor and KU ... The series wins against the Bears and Jayhawks were on the road ... Overall, the Wildcats' 26 wins in the regular season surpassed last year's total (25) ... The Wildcats finished with marks of 14-11 at home, 8-13 away and 4-4 in neutral sites ... K-State finished the regular season with the 42nd-toughest schedule according to D1Baseball.com and WarrenNolan.com.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
After a one-year absence, K-State will return to the Big 12's postseason tournament for the ninth time since 1997 ... K-State has advanced to the Big 12 or Big Eight conference tournament 17 times in school history ... The Wildcats have never won the tournament, going 17-30 since their first appearance in 1976 ... In the Big 12 era, K-State is 13-14 ... In their last trip in 2013, the Wildcats went 2-1 in pool-play, beating Texas Tech and Baylor while falling to Oklahoma, 8-7, in 11 innings.

ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
K-State had 7 players recognized for All-Big 12 or All-Big 12 Freshman honors this season, its most in a campaign since 2013 when it had a program-record 10 selections ... Redshirt senior Shane Conlon was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second time in his career (2013) after he led the Wildcats in batting average (.308), hits (57) and OBP (.401) while tying for the team lead with 17 extra-base hits ... The first baseman is the first Wildcat to be named to the first team twice in a career since Pat Maloney in 2001 and 2002 ... Redshirt sophomore Nate Griep was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, his first career conference postseason honor ... The right-handed pitcher has been among the top Big 12 pitchers all season, ranking seventh in ERA (2.35) in overall games and fourth (1.96) in conference-only games ... Griep is 6-2 this season with 63 strikeouts and a .215 batting average against in 12 starts ... The Wildcats had four selected as All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, including newcomers Corey Fischer, Tyler Moore, Tyler Wolfe along with senior Max Brown ... Pitcher Bryce Ward was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team, becoming the sixth Wildcat since 2011 to earn that distinction.

GRIM GRIEP-ER
Nate Griep enters the Big 12 Baseball Championship with a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 16 innings, helping him put together one of the best pitching seasons 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 63 strikeouts are the most by a Wildcat pitcher since 2012 when Kayvon Bahramzadeh had 79 ... His .215 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 starting pitcher was recorded by A.J. Morris in 2009 (.222 in 16 starts, 116.1 IP) ... Griep has tossed 6 quality starts this season while he has 6 or more strikeouts in 7 outings ... Last season, in 15 appearances and 10 starts, Griep never had more than 5 strikeouts in an outing.

THE WOLFE
Tyler Wolfe has become one of K-State's top hitters as the first-year Division I player is leading the Wildcats and placing fourth in the Big 12 with a .366 batting average in conference-only games ... He is the first newcomer to lead the Wildcats in batting average in Big 12 action since Jon Davis in 2012 ... Wolfe enters the Big 12 Baseball Championship with a career-high 19-game on-base streak, which is the second longest by a Wildcat this season (Shane Conlon, 22 games) ... Over his last 14 games, Wolfe is hitting .411 (23-for-56) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 14 RBIs and 10 walks ... Wolfe has started every game this season at shortstop while also logging 4 innings pitched out of the bullpen.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
K-State's 52 errors this season are currently the fewest in a campaign in program history ... The record of 56 was set in 2012 (58 games) while in 2006, K-State had 57 in 53 games ... Since 2006, the Wildcats have committed 67 errors or less in a season 9 times ... The Wildcats are fourth among Big 12 teams in overall games with a .975 fielding percentage and 52 errors ... In Big 12-only games, K-State led all conference teams with a .979 fielding percentage and tied with KU for the fewest errors with 19 ... The Wildcats have just 19 errors over their last 24 contests while their opponents have 32 errors over the same stretch ... K-State is 23-11 this season when its opponent commits an error, including 15-3 with 2 or more errors.

FROM THE `PEN
K-State's bullpen has improved its ERA by nearly 3 runs in Big 12 play compared to last year ... This year, the group had a 3.48 ERA in Big 12 action while last year it had a 7.20 ERA.