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Notes: Cats Wrap Up Big 12 Road Schedule with TCU


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May 1, 2014

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K-State Athletics

K-State (23-22, 4-11 Big 12) at TCU (31-13, 10-5 Big 12)
Lupton Stadium - Fort Worth, Texas


Friday, May 2 - 6:30 PM
TBA vs. TBA

Watch it on:
FOX Sports Southwest

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


Saturday, May 3 - 4 PM
TBA vs. TBA

Watch it on:
FOX Sports Southwest

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


Sunday, May 4 - 1 PM
TBA vs. TBA

Watch it on:
FOX College Sports
PBP: Brett Dolan
Analyst: Keith Moreland

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

 

DUE UP
After no midweek games this week, K-State returns to action with a road trip to take on TCU in a three-game set from May 2-4. It is the Wildcats' first time facing TCU in Fort Worth as Big 12 foes as K-State has not played at TCU since 1987. K-State is in the middle of a stretch in which it will play seven straight road games. The Wildcats lost the first three games of the leg at West Virginia. TCU enters the weekend riding a nine-game winning streak and having won 16 of its last 17 games.

LAST TIME OUT
K-State, making its first ever trip to Morgantown, was swept by West Virginia in a three-game series last weekend. The Wildcats were held in check by the Mountaineers' Harrison Musgrave in game one as the left-hander limited K-State to three hits and no runs in eight innings during a 10-1 Wildcat loss. In game two, K-State grabbed a 5-3 lead after the first three innings, but West Virginia scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back and win 6-5. West Virginia scored the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly while the game-winning run was plated with a fielder's choice after K-State tried to turn an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners. In game three, the Wildcats trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, but the first four Mountaineer batters of the sixth inning eventually scored, helping West Virginia win 6-1. Tanner DeVinny hit a leadoff homer in the seventh to score the only K-State run.

TCU
K-State is 5-6 all-time against TCU, but 2-1 against the Horned Frogs in Big 12 play. The Wildcats won the series in 2013, 2-1, after K-State captured the first two games of the series in Manhattan. Last season, K-State outscored TCU, 13-4, in the three games. The first eight games of the all-time series, all held before 1988, were played in Fort Worth. K-State won the first ever meeting between the two programs, 3-1, on March 29, 1966. The Wildcats are 3-5 all-time against TCU in Fort Worth.

RUNNING MAN
Ross Kivett had two stolen bases last weekend, allowing him to tie K-State's career stolen bases record with 78. Kivett matched Adam Muenster on the all-time list with his steal of second in the first inning on April 27. Kivett, who is a perfect 19-for-19 in steal opportunities this season, stole at least 25 bases in 2012 and 2013, including a career-high 26 last season. He has been successful in his last 23 stolen base attempts, a stretch that dates back to May 17, 2013 vs. Oklahoma. Kivett's 78 career stolen bases are also the most among active Big 12 players, with the next closest player, Baylor's Adam Toth, checking in at 46 stolen bases entering this week.

ON THE MOVE
With the help of Ross Kivett's 19 stolen bases, which are second among Big 12 players this season, K-State is pacing the Big 12 with 80 stolen bases. Kivett is one of three Wildcats with 10 or more stolen bases this year, as he is joined by RJ Santigate (15) and Clayton Dalrymple (10). Santigate is tied for fourth in the Big in stolen bases while Dalrymple is tied for 10th. Since 2008, K-State has 780 combined stolen bases (average per season: 111).

RBI MACHINE
Tanner DeVinny, who drove in the only K-State run in the Wildcats' last game on April 27, enters the TCU series tied for seventh in the Big 12 with a team-leading 31 RBI. The freshman also has a team-leading 11 RBI in Big 12 play, which are also tied for sixth-most in the conference. DeVinny is looking to become the first K-State freshman to lead the Wildcats in RBI for an overall season since Brett Reid in 1999, when Reid led K-State with 50 RBI. The 50 RBI by Reid, which was matched by Nick Martini in 2009, is the K-State record for most RBI by a freshman in a single season. DeVinny's 31 RBI this season trail Oklahoma's Sheldon Neuse's 33 RBI for the most RBI by a Big 12 freshman.

CHART TOPPER
In addition to leading the team in RBI, Tanner DeVinny also leads K-State in batting average (.349), OBP (.472), and slugging percentage (.628) in conference-only games. His batting average in Big 12-only games is third best in the conference while he is first in OBP and SLG.

MAD MAX
Max Brown went 4-for-8 in last weekend's series at West Virginia, extending his current hitting streak to a career-high six games. The junior college transfer is batting .556 (10-for-18) with a triple, a walk, three RBI, and three stolen bases in his last six games. The junior has also started in each of K-State's last nine games, a stretch in which he is batting .429 (12-for-28) with three walks and five RBI. In the first 36 games of the season, Brown had nine starts and played in 26 total games, batting .273. 

BIG CAREER
Ross Kivett needs nine more hits to become the first K-State player to crack the Big 12's all-time career hits list (courtesy Laura Rasmussen, Big 12). Kivett, who enters the TCU series with 265 career hits, is already among the Big 12 career leaders in stolen bases, where he is tied with two others for fifth. If Kivett cracks the Big 12's top 10 in career hits, he would become the only player to rank among the conference's top 10 in both career hits and career stolen bases. Kivett's 265 hits are tied for the fourth-most in K-State history, and he needs eight more hits to tie Todd Fereday for third on the program's all-time list. 

FAMILIAR ROLE
Jared Moore, formerly the Wildcats' Saturday starter, has thrived in his newfound bullpen role. The senior, who had made 53 relief appearances entering 2014, has allowed one run in his five relief appearances this year, posting a 1.13 ERA (1er, 8.0ip) with eight strikeouts and one walk in the five games. Moore has appeared in 74 career games at K-State, which are tied for fifth in program history. His 58 relief appearances are the seventh most in school history.

FILLING IN THE RANKS
K-State's offense leads all Big 12 teams in batting average (.292) and OBP (.392) while it ranks second in runs scored (278) and fourth in hits (442). In the nation, the Wildcats are 35th in batting average, 28th in hits, 17th in OBP, and 27th in runs. K-State is also sixth in the nation in stolen bases entering the week.