K-State Looks to Fight Off Elimination, Faces Oklahoma
K-State Looks to Fight Off Elimination, Faces Oklahoma
K-State (27-29) Looks to Fight Off Elimination in Rematch vs. Oklahoma (33-26)
Location: ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)
All-time in Conference Tournament: 18-31
All-time in Conference Tournament (Big 12 Era): 14-15
Record vs. Oklahoma State in Conference Tournament: 3-4
vs. Oklahoma in 2015: 2-2
Friday, May 22
First Pitch: 7 p.m.
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. TBD
TV: Fox College Sports/FSSW+/FSMW+
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PBP -- Matt Walters, Brian Smoller)
Online Audio: Here
For complete information about this week, check out Tournament Central here.
K-State suffered its first loss of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Thursday against Oklahoma State, meaning the Wildcats will be forced to fight off elimination from the postseason tournament on Friday in a 7 p.m. matchup against Oklahoma at ONEOK Field. K-State, which was held to one run on 6 hits on Thursday by the Cowboys, opened this week's tournament with a 7-3 win over the Sooners, behind starting pitcher Colton Kalmus' 6 strikeouts and Max Brown's career-high 4 hits. The winner of the K-State-OU matchup will take on Oklahoma State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. while the loser will have its season come to an end. If the winner of K-State-OU were to beat the Cowboys on Saturday, then there will be a second game between the two sides at 7:30 p.m.
In Friday's contest, K-State will be the home team. On Wednesday, Oklahoma was the home team.
The Wildcats are 2-2 against the Sooners this year, with wins on May 8 and 20. K-State shut out the Sooners in the season's first matchup, a 5-0 decision back in Manhattan to open a three-game series. The next two games were decided by a combined 3 runs, with the Sooners winning game two of the set, 5-3, and game three, 4-3.
The Wildcats are hitting .254 against the Sooner pitching staff this season and are led by seniors Max Brown (.500, 7-for-14, 4 RBIs) and Shane Conlon (.375, 6-for-16). On the mound, K-State has a 2.50 ERA against the Sooners, with Corey Fischer (3.0 IP) and Lucas Benenati (2.2 IP), two pitchers who have yet to appear this week for the Wildcats, not allowing an earned run in their respective appearances.
In the last 5 meetings against the Sooners, a stretch that dates back to March 23, 2014, K-State has held them to an average of 2.4 runs per game. Conversely, the Wildcats are averaging 4.6 runs.
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
K-State and Oklahoma have met 7 times in conference championship history, with the Wildcats holding a 3-4 record. K-State has won 3 of the last 4 meetings.
Despite last night's loss, K-State has won 9 of its last 16 games -- a stretch that started after it lost a season-high 4 straight games from April 18-24.
Over the 16-game stretch, the Wildcats are 6-4 against Big 12 teams.
K-State is 14-15 all-time in the Big 12 Championship, including 6-6 in its last 4 trips (since 2011).
In conference championships, the Wildcats are 18-31 ... K-State appeared in its first conference championship back in 1976 in the Big Eight tournament.
In elimination games, K-State is 4-3 in elimination games in Big 12 Championship history ... Its last win in an elimination game was on May 24, 2012 when it beat Oklahoma State, 11-5.
Tyler Wolfe went 1-for-4 last night to extend his career-high on-base streak to 21 games ... It is the second-longest on-base streak by a Wildcat this season, trailing Shane Conlon's 22-game streak set from February 13-March 21.
Over his last 21 games, Wolfe is hitting .351 (27-for-77) with a .474 OBP ... He has 27 hits -- including 7 extra-base hits -- along with 17 walks and 2 hit by pitches.
Since April 17, when the streak started, Wolfe leads the Wildcats in batting average, hits, RBI, walks and OBP while he is second in doubles and slugging percentage.
Wolfe is also the owner of an 8-game hitting streak, which is a career-high ... The junior is hitting .394 (13-for-33) over the 8-game stretch.
Max Brown enters Friday as K-State's leading hitter so far in the Big 12 Baseball Championship ... The senior is hitting .833 (5-for-6) with a walk, a double and 2 RBIs.
Brown is second among all hitters in the tournament in batting average, trailing Kameron Esthay of Baylor and his .857 (6-for-7) clip ... He is also tied for second in hits and second in OBP (.857).
The highest batting average by a Wildcat in the program's conference championship history was set by Jason King in 2011 when he hit .625 (10-for-16) in 4 games (min. 10 ABs to qualify).
For the ninth time this season, K-State went without an extra-base hit in a game in Thursday's loss to Oklahoma State ... The Wildcats are 1-8 when they do not record an extra-base hit, with the one win occurring on February 14 vs. Pitt in Port Charlotte, Florida (W, 7-0).
K-State's 99 extra-base hits this season are its fewest in a campaign since 1984 when it had 91 (56 doubles, 8 triples and 27 home runs) ... The Wildcats' 8 home runs this year are also their fewest ever in a single season in program history (previous: 14, 1971).
K-State and Oklahoma will meet for the second time in this year's Big 12 Championship, with the Wildcats beating the Sooners on Wednesday, 7-3.
K-State is 2-2 against Oklahoma in 2015.
The last time K-State and Oklahoma squared off 5 times in a season was in 2011 when the Wildcats went 4-1 against the Sooners, including 2-0 in the Big 12 Championship.
K-State is 3-1 against the Sooners in the last 4 meetings held during the Big 12 Championship ... Of the 4 matchups, 3 have been decided by one run.