Cats Face Oklahoma State on Day 2 of Big 12 Championship

K-State (27-28) Faces Oklahoma State (35-17) in Second Round of Big 12 Championship
Location: ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)


All-time in Conference Tournament: 18-30
All-time in Conference Tournament (Big 12 Era): 14-14
Record vs. Oklahoma State in Conference Tournament: 3-3


Thursday, May 21
First Pitch: 7:30 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nate Griep (6-2, 2.35 ERA) vs. LHP Michael Freeman (9-2, 1.06 ERA)
TV: Fox College Sports/FSSW+/FSMW+
Radio: News Radio 1350 KMAN (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here


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


CATCHING UP
Following a 7-3 win over Oklahoma on the first day of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, K-State advanced in the winner's bracket of division two and will take on Oklahoma State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. In the win over the Sooners, the Wildcats were led by starting pitcher Colton Kalmus, who matched his career-high in strikeouts with six over 5 1/3 innings, and senior Max Brown, who had a career-high in hits by going 4-for-4 with two RBIs. K-State took a 5-0 lead through the first three innings, using the help of two of three Oklahoma errors on the evening. While Kalmus took the win, sophomore Jordan Floyd surrendered a lone run over 3 2/3 innings to earn his first career save.

Check out the game recap, box score and highlights from the win over Oklahoma here.

VS. OKLAHOMA STATE
K-State took the series opener against the Cowboys back in Stillwater in late March, but fell in the next two games to lose the series. In the Friday night matchup, Colton Kalmus led a group of four Wildcat pitchers in holding the Cowboys to two runs in K-State's 4-2 win. Kalmus surrendered two runs on three hits in four innings before giving way to the bullpen, which held the Cowboys to just four hits and no runs in five combined frames. Shane Conlon paced the offense by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. In game two, Oklahoma State scored six runs in the first inning to quickly bury the Wildcats in a 12-3 decision. The Cowboys had 15 hits to K-State's seven, with six of the 15 being for extra bases. In the series finale, Oklahoma State's Michael Freeman carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning while the Cowboys pulled away with a three-run seventh to win 4-1. K-State managed to take a 1-0 lead in the sixth despite being no-hit as Jake Wodtke reached on an error before eventually scoring from third on a passed ball. Oklahoma State, though, tied it up with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the sixth before scoring three runs on four hits in the seventh.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
K-State and Oklahoma State have met six times in the conference championship tournament, with the all-time series split, 3-3. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings, the last being in 2012 when K-State scored 11 runs through the fifth to lead to an 11-5 win in the loser's bracket. In 2008, K-State held off Oklahoma State, 3-2, in the opening game of the tournament.

QUICK HITS
• K-State has won 9 of its last 15 games, a stretch that started after it lost a season-high 4 straight games from April 18-24.
• Over the 15-game stretch, the Wildcats are 6-3 against Big 12 teams.
• K-State has registered at least 27 wins now in 10 of its last 11 seasons.

• K-State is 14-14 all-time in the Big 12 Championship tournament and 18-30 in postseason conference tournaments.
• The Wildcats are 6-5 in the Big 12 tournament since 2011, including 3-1 against Oklahoma.
• K-State is 3-1 in the Big 12 tournament in its last two trips, including a 2-1 mark during the 2013 edition's pool play.

Max Brown had a career-high in hits last night, going 4-for-4 ... It surpassed his previous personal-best of 3 set 5 different times (Last: May 3, 2015 vs. Arkansas State).
• The 4 hits also matched the K-State record for most by an individual in a Big 12 Championship game ... Brown is now among 3 other Wildcats to register 4 hits in a postseason tournament game, with the last being Jake Brown vs. Oklahoma State on May 24, 2012.
• Brown is second on K-State with 15 multi-hit games this year ... He registered the sixth 4-hit game by a Wildcat.

• In addition to the multi-hit game, Max Brown also had a multi-RBI game last night ... The senior drove in his pair of runs with a two-out single in the 7th inning.
• Brown leads all Wildcats with 10 multi-RBI games this year (next closest: Tyler Wolfe, 8).
• K-State's overall RBI leader with a career-high 35, Brown also leads the Wildcats with 22 two-out RBIs this year ... Brown is hitting .348 (24-for-69) with two outs ... He is also hitting .347 (26-for-75) with runners in scoring position.

Tyler Wolfe extended his on-base streak to a career-high 20 games last night after going 1-for-3 with a walk and hit by pitch ... He has a .484 OBP over the stretch, with the help of 26 hits, 17 walks and 2 hit by pitches.
• Wolfe's 20-game on-base streak is the second-longest by a Wildcat this year (Shane Conlon, 22 games).
• Wolfe is also the owner of a 7-game hitting streak, the longest of his career ... It is the longest active hitting streak on K-State entering Thursday's game vs. Oklahoma State ... Over his last 7 games, Wolfe is hitting .414 (12-for-29) with 7 RBIs.

Carter Yagi recorded his fifth straight multi-hit game last night, going 2-for-5 with 2 runs.
• The senior has 11 hits in his last 5 games, batting .458 (11-for-24) with 7 RBIs and 8 runs since May 10.
• Of Yagi's 15 multi-hit games this year, 6 have been recorded over his last 9 games.