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Notes: K-State, KU Face Off in Sunflower Showdown


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April 3, 2014

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K-State Athletics

K-State (17-11, 1-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas (19-10, 3-3 Big 12)
Tointon Family Stadium – Manhattan, Kan.

 

Friday, April 4 – 6:30 PM CT
RHP Levi MaVorhis (3-3, 3.32) vs. TBA

Watch it on:
Cox Communications Cable (Cox Kansas 22, Ch. 22 on Cox) and Time Warner Sports Channel in Kansas City.
PBP: Mark Ewing
Analyst: Mike Clark 

*Game is also available to stream on K-StateHD.TV outside the state of Kansas

Hear it on:
K-State Sports Network
k-statesports.com
www.1350kman.com
PBP: Matt Walters, Brian Smoller

 

Saturday, April 5 – 2 PM CT
LHP Jared Moore (5-1, 4.15) vs. Robert Kahana (1-4, 3.46)

Watch it on:
Cox Communications Cable (Cox Kansas 22, Ch. 22 on Cox) and Time Warner Sports Channel in Kansas City.
PBP: Mark Ewing
Analyst: Mike Clark 

*Game is also available to stream on K-StateHD.TV outside the state of Kansas

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
k-statesports.com
www.1350kman.com
PBP: Matt Walters, Brian Smoller 

Promotions:
Fan Appreciation Day
$2.50 popcorn at concession stands

Tickets:
Standing room only remain; general admission Cat Cushion tickets sold out


Sunday, April 6 – 1 PM CT
RHP Nate Griep (3-0, 1.67) vs. RHP Frank Duncan (2-1, 1.69) 

Watch it on:
Cox Communications Cable (Cox Kansas 22, Ch. 22 on Cox) and Time Warner Sports Channel in Kansas City.
PBP: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Mike Clark

*Game is also available to stream on K-StateHD.TV outside the state of Kansas

Hear it on:
News Radio 1350 KMAN
k-statesports.com
www.1350kman.com
PBP: Matt Walters, John Kurtz

Promotions:
Wildcat 4 Pack - $34
Kids Run The Bases (postgame)
Willie’s Fun Zone (pregame)
Mini Helmet Ice Cream Sundae’s - $5 (while supplies last) 

Tickets:
Standing room only remain; general admission Cat Cushion tickets sold out


DUE UP
K-State returns home and to Big 12 action with the Sunflower Showdown series against KU at Tointon Family Stadium from April 4-6. The Wildcats, winners of four of their last six games, are coming off a 6-5 extra-inning loss at Omaha. KU arrives in Manhattan coming off a 4-2 midweek win over Wichita State. The Jayhawks are 3-3 in their last six games.

LAST TIME OUT
Playing in its first extra-inning game of the year, K-State allowed two unanswered runs in the ninth and 10th innings that resulted in a 6-5 loss at Omaha on April 1. Omaha hit a game-tying leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth before walking off with the win on a single in the bottom of the 10th. K-State had two leads in the game, including the final one as late as the ninth inning when Clayton Dalrymple hit a two-out RBI single to make it 5-4 K-State. The Wildcats led 4-1 in the seventh inning, taking the three-run advantage on Blair DeBord’s RBI single, but the Mavericks quickly tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. K-State’s Jake Matthys took the loss after allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings while Omaha’s Cole Volkers earned the win with a perfect one inning pitched. Shane Conlon had a game-high four hits, and DeBord added three hits, helping K-State out-hit Omaha, 14-10.

KU
K-State is 172-163-1 all-time against KU, including 32-18 in Big 12 action. The Wildcats enter this year’s edition of the Sunflower Showdown on a four-game winning streak against KU. K-State swept KU in the 2013 series, held in Lawrence, and outscored the Jayhawks, 20-12. K-State is 10-2 against KU in the last 12 games in Manhattan (since April 22, 2006). All-time, K-State is 98-77-1 against the Jayhawks in Manhattan. The first meeting ever between the two schools was in 1897 in Lawrence, a game in which KU won 9-6.

WELCOME TO TOINTON
K-State is 10-0 at home this season, its best start at home to a season since it won its first 12 home games of the 2009 season.  Dating back to last season’s Manhattan Regional, K-State has won 13 straight games at Tointon Family Stadium. Since 2009, K-State is 122-40 (.753) at home.

HOME NUMBERS
In 10 home games this season, K-State is hitting .366 (127-for-347) and averaging just over 10 runs per game (104 runs/10 games). The Wildcats have a .469 on-base percentage and .516 slugging percentage at home, compared to a .352 OBP and .289 SLG on the road. The Wildcats have 10 or more hits in six straight home games and in seven of its 10 home games this season. 

OFFENSE MINDED
K-State enters this weekend with the Big 12’s top team batting average and on-base percentage for the overall season. The Wildcats are hitting .306 and have a .406 OBP in 28 games. K-State is the only Big 12 team with a team batting average above .300 and team OBP above .400. K-State also leads the conference with 195 runs and is fourth with 289 hits.

HIT PARADE
Shane Conlon had a season-high four hits against Omaha this past Tuesday. It was Conlon’s 12th multi-hit game this season - fourth in the last eight games - which places him in a tie with RJ Santigate for the team lead. Conlon has 12 hits in his last eight contests, a stretch that started when he went 2-for-5 against Oklahoma on March 21. Conlon’s 36 hits this season are the fourth best on K-State. 

KEEP AUSTIN HITTING
Austin Fisher is batting .400 (8-for-20) and has a .500 OBP in the last five games. His eight hits in his last five games has helped him tally 38 on the season, placing him in a tie for first on K-State and in a tie for sixth in the Big 12. Fisher, who is batting .362 this season, entered the week as the Big 12’s leader in career batting average (.353) and on-base percentage (.445).

HEATING UP
Blair DeBord recorded his third multi-hit game in the last five contests on Tuesday against Omaha. DeBord went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a hit by pitch. It was the first time DeBord had reached base safely four times in a game since May 31, 2013 vs. Wichita State (2 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP). DeBord is batting .450 (9-for-20) with three doubles and five RBI in the last five games. He is also the owner of a season-high nine-game on-base streak. 

ON BASE
RJ Santigate reached base safely one time on Tuesday at Omaha, helping extend his on-base streak to a career-high 20 games. It is the longest active on-base streak on K-State and third-longest overall this season, trailing Ross Kivett (25 games) and Shane Conlon (21). Santigate has a .433 OBP - as well as a .385 batting average - over the 20-game streak. He has reached base safely two or more times in 13 of his last 20 games. 

BIG TEX
Tanner DeVinny owns the longest active hitting streak on K-State, which sits at 12 games. DeVinny, who did not play on Tuesday at Omaha, is batting .372 (16-for-43) with seven walks and 18 RBI during the 12-game hitting streak. Also, DeVinny is the team leader with 23 RBI on the year, which are also fifth-most among Big 12 hitters. Eight of his 23 RBI are with two outs, placing the freshman in a tie for second on K-State in two-out RBI.

RBI MACHINE
The team’s leader in two-out RBI is Mitch Meyer, who has 10 two-out RBI among his 21 RBI this season. Meyer snapped a 0-for-12 stretch by going 2-for-4 at Creighton on March 31. In his last two games, Meyer is 4-for-8 with a double, a walk and two RBI.