K-State baseball will make the two-hour trip south today to face Wichita State with a .500 record hanging in the balance.
The last matchup earlier this season was an instant classic as the Wildcats beat the Shockers 5-4 in extra innings.
K-State (23-24) is 16-13 in nonconference play this season. Tonight’s matchup with the Shockers will round out the Wildcats’ nonconference slate.
The Wildcats are fresh off a series win against Arkansas State in which, after dropping game one, the K-State offense came to play, scoring 28 runs in the final two games to blow the Red Wolves out of Manhattan.
Wichita State was swept by No. 14 Missouri State on the road over the weekend. However, just before the sweep, the Shockers beat future K-State opponent Oklahoma 9-8.
Senior pitcher Mark Biesma (0-2, 7.17 ERA) will start for the K-State versus Wichita State’s Sam Hilliard (0-3, 6.97 ERA).
The Wildcats trail Wichita State in the all-time series, 37-51, but are currently riding a six-game win streak and are winners of 12 of the last 15.
First pitch between the Shockers and the Wildcats is slated for 6:30 p.m. tonight at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas.
Moore and Wolfe gain conference honors
Junior catcher Tyler Moore and junior infielder Tyler Wolfe both racked up their second conference honor of the season after being named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week.
This is Moore’s first Player of the Week honor, but the junior was named Newcomer of the Week earlier this season.
Moore has led the conference in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage over the past week.
This is Wolfe’s second Newcomer of the Week honor in the past four weeks.
Wolfe has contributed in multiple ways, including extending his on-base streak to 12 games and pitching a scoreless inning in last weekend’s 9-0 win over Minnesota.