Wildcats face back-to-back nationally-ranked opponents

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Senior infielder Shane Conlon catches a pass during the K-State vs. Santa Clara baseball game series on March 7, 2015 at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats took a victory throughout the three day game series with 4-1 on Day 1, 17-5 on Day 2, and 10-3 on Day 3. (Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

After rain lay ruin to K-State baseball’s midweek game against Nebraska-Omaha, the Wildcats are set to head south to take on No. 12 Oklahoma State this weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Wildcats have struggled against the Cowboys as of late, losing 10 of the last 12 games against Oklahoma State. K-State is 15-91 in games played in Stillwater, Oklahoma all-time.

K-State (11-12, 0-3) had a rough start to conference play, dropping all three games against No. 14 Texas last weekend. It was the first time K-State had been swept in a conference season opener since 2011.

Oklahoma State, on the other hand, opened conference play on a lighter tone. The Cowboys traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to take on No. 5 TCU, and took two of the three games and the series from the Horned Frogs.

The Wildcats will make an attempt to curve their 1-6 road record in their second Big 12 road trip of the season.

Runs were hard to come up by for K-State in last weekend’s Texas series. The Wildcats came away with just five runs in the three games, including two one-run games.

Senior infielder Shane Conlon and junior outfielder Clayton Dalrymple will lead the charge for the Wildcats in their mission for increased offense.

Dalrymple and Conlon lead the team in batting average with a .338 (Dalrymple) and .330 (Conlon) average so far this season, respectively. Conlon’s bat has been ablaze recently, with the junior hitting a .432 to go along with six doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI’s and nine runs scored.

Since March 2, Conlon and Dalrymple lead the team with 18 hits combined.

While offense, at times, has been absent, solid pitching has kept the Wildcats close in every game.

Sophomore right-hander Colton Kalmus (0-2, 4.05 ERA) will start off the series against Oklahoma State’s Jon Perrin (2-2, 3.95). Kalmus had a rough go of things last time out against Texas, allowing three runs on a season-high five hits in his five innings of work.

On Saturday, a Wildcat pitcher yet-to-be-announced will match up against Remey Reed (2-0, 0.49 ERA). On Sunday, another unannounced K-State pitcher will take on Michael Freeman (4-0, ERA 1.63).

First pitch of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma tonight.

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