Feb. 26, 2014
Series Notes - Abilene, Texas | Preview Infographic
K-State in the Bourland-Ardoin Classic
Abilene, Texas - Crutcher Scott Field
Friday, February 28
K-State vs. Grand Canyon
RHP Levi MaVorhis vs. RHP Jorge Perez
1 PM CT
Saturday, March 1
Grand Canyon vs. K-State
LHP Andrew Naderer vs. LHP Landon Busch
11 AM CT
Saturday, March 1
K-State vs. Missouri State
LHP Jared Moore vs. LHP Matt Hall
7 PM CT
Sunday, March 2
K-State at Abilene Christian
RHP Nate Griep vs. TBD
3 PM CT
Due to winter weather conditions forecasted for the upcoming weekend in Manhattan, the K-State baseball team had its home-opening three-game series against Milwaukee cancelled. To replace the three home games, the Wildcats hit the road (nearly 600 miles away) to Abilene, Texas to play four games, against Grand Canyon, Missouri State and Abilene Christian.
The Wildcats will play two games against Grand Canyon (one on Friday at 1 pm and the other on Saturday at 11 am), one against Missouri State (Saturday at 7 pm) and the final one against Abilene Christian (Sunday at 3 pm). All games can be heard on www.k-statesports.com.
K-State has not played in Abilene since April Fools' Day in 1966. The Wildcats split a doubleheader against the Wildcats of Abilene Christian.
While K-State has faced Abilene Christian twice in program history, the Wildcats have never played against Grand Canyon. The Antelopes are in their first year at the Division I level since their first stint in the WAC from 1995-98.
The Wildcats are 11-10 all-time against Missouri State, with the Bears winning the last meeting, 3-0, in 2012 at Springfield. K-State and Missouri State have faced each other just three times in the last 21 years.
The last time K-State opened a season with 12 straight games away from home was 1972. That season, the Wildcats played 12 games in nine days (March 10-18) across the south, going from four games at Ole Miss, one at Southeast Louisiana, four at LSU, two at Tulane and then one back at LSU. (K-State has a scheduled game at Nebraska next Tuesday, making it 13 straight games away from Manhattan to start this season - the most since 1971).
The Wildcats offense is led by Austin Fisher, who has reached base safely in all eight games, including at least twice in seven of the games. The junior shortstop leads K-State with a .423 batting average, 11 hits and a .559 OBP.
The K-State pitching staff is paced by its starting pitching, which has combined for a 3.89 ERA through the first eight games. Left-handers Jared Moore and Landon Busch have a 3.48 and 2.35 ERA, respectively, in each of their two starts.
Other notes: RJ Santigate has a .368 (7-for-19) batting average in his last five games ... Five K-State relievers are holding opponents to a .200-or-less batting average: Jake Whaley (.125), Jon Roblez (.182), Nate Griep (.188), Ethan Landon (.188) and Jordan Floyd (.200) ... In addition to Fisher's eight-game on-base streak, four other Wildcats have on-base streaks of four games or more: Shane Conlon (7), Ross Kivett (6), Tanner DeVinny (5) and Carter Yagi (4) ... The Wildcats have scored 16 runs and tallied 27 hits in their last three games after totaling 11 runs and 26 hits in the first five games of the season.