Final Notes: 'Cats Wrap Up 27-Win Campaign
Final Notes: 'Cats Wrap Up 27-Win Campaign
Nate Griep turned in one of the best seasons by a K-State starting pitcher, evidenced by:
- .218 batting average against was the best over the last 16 seasons (min. 10 starts)
- 64 strikeouts were the most by any Wildcat pitcher since 2012
- 2.63 ERA was the lowest by a K-State hurler since 2011
- Finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 1.96 ERA in conference-only games
- Surrendered 2 runs or less in 10 of his 13 starts
- Had 6 or more strikeouts in 7 starts
- Threw his second career shutout on May 8 vs. Oklahoma, becoming only the fourth Wildcat pitcher to throw 2 shutouts in a career
- Finished the regular season with 16 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest streak of his career
- For his efforts, he became just the third K-State starting pitcher to earn All-Big 12 First or Second Team honors
Tyler Wolfe became the first K-State newcomer since Jon Davis in 2012 to lead the Wildcats in hitting in conference play. A transfer from Des Moines Area Community College, Wolfe hit .366 (30-for-82) with 13 RBIs and 13 walks in all 24 Big 12 games. The junior had a hit in 17 of the 24 contests while he reached base safely in 22.
Shortstop Tyler Wolfe was the only Wildcat to start all 57 games this season. Last year, there were two, including shortstop Austin Fisher (other: Ross Kivett). In addition to Wolfe, Max Brown (55 starts) and Carter Yagi (55) played in all 57 games. This season marked the first time since 2011 that three Wildcats played in all of the team's games (Jason King, Nick Martini and Mike Kindel).
Wolfe finished the season with a 22-game on-base streak, which tied Shane Conlon for the longest by a Wildcat in 2015. It was also the fourth-longest active on-base streak in the Big 12 at the end of the season and tied for 10th-longest for the entire season.
Max Brown had a career-high and team-best 35 RBIs ... He hit .342 (26-for-76) with runners in scoring position
Max Brown also had 6 triples, the most by a Wildcat since 2011 and tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history
Shane Conlon finished his K-State career among several leaderboards in Wildcat all-time history, including games played (T-3rd, 212), games started (9th, 189), hits (15th, 207), and hit by pitch (T-4th, 34). Defensively, the three-year starting first baseman has the most total chances (1,814) and putouts (1,699).
Conlon was named All-Big 12 First Team, as a unanimous selection, making him the second player in the Big 12 era to earn all-conference first team honors twice in a career. The other, Pat Maloney, did it in 2001 and 2002.
Tyler Moore became the first K-State catcher since Brian Culp in 1993 to lead the team in home runs. Moore hit 4 homers in his first season with the Wildcats. He also paced the team in extra-base hits (18).
Moore had 5 RBIs on March 7 vs. Santa Clara, which were the most by a Wildcat backstop in a single game since 2005.
Jordan Floyd was one of 4 Big 12 pitchers in 2015 to throw at least 40 innings and not allow a home run. The left-hander, who surrendered just 3 extra-base hits in conference action, is the first K-State pitcher to not allow a home run since Evan Marshall (61.0 IP) and James Allen (40.0) in 2011 to not allow a roundtripper over at least 40 innings pitched.
K-State led all Big 12 teams with 21 triples while the offense also finished in the upper-half of the conference in runs scored (297, 4th), stolen bases (69, 3rd), sacrifice hits (49, 3rd), sacrifice flies (25, 3rd) and fewest strikeouts (329, 2nd).
The Wildcats' team ERA of 4.27 is the fifth-best in program history in the aluminum bat era (since 1977).
The pitching staff also averaged 3.1 walks per 9 innings, tied for the sixth-best mark in program history.
The bullpen featured a 3.48 ERA (42er, 108.2ip) in Big 12 play, the which is the third time in the last six years that K-State had a bullpen ERA lower than 3.50 in conference action. In overall games, the bullpen also had a 3.48 ERA, which is the third time that has happened in the last half-dozen seasons. The others were 2013 (3.40) and 2011 (3.43).
K-State recorded 5 shutouts during the season, which are the eighth-most in a single campaign in program history. The Wildcats were tied with Oklahoma State and Texas for the most shutouts in the Big 12. TCU led all schools with 10. Of K-State's 5 shutouts, 2 were in Big 12 action, which were the second-most (Leader: TCU, 3).
The Wildcats' registered just 55 errors on the season, the fewest in a season in program history. It bested the previous mark of 56 set in 2012 when the Wildcats played 58 games.
K-State's .975 fielding percentage was second-best in program history, trailing 2012's .976 clip.
The Wildcats had the best fielding percentage during Big 12 play (.979) and tied for the fewest errors (19).
In addition to surpassing the overall win total from 2014, the 2015 team had more conference wins (10), road victories (8) and neutral site triumphs (5) than last year (5, 6, 3).
K-State finished 28th in the nation in average attendance (2,630) and 30th in total attendance (65,766 over 25 openings) ... K-State has finished in the nation's Top-30 in both average and total attendance in each of the last two years, a program-first (21st in average and 29th in total in 2014).
Nate Griep (8th round, Milwaukee Brewers), Shane Conlon (34th round, Oakland A's) and Max Brown (37th round, Arizona Diamondbacks) were all selected in the 2015 MLB Draft. It marks the eighth straight season K-State had at least 3 players taken in the draft. Also, 6 signees from the 2016 class were drafted, which are the most under head coach Brad Hill.