BatCats to face former Big 12 foe

Brandon Erickson, then-junior pitcher, prepares to make a pitch during the baseball game against Wichita State University on April 14, 2015 at Tointon Family Stadium. (File Photo by Nicholas Cady | The Collegian)

The lumps just keep coming for the K-State baseball team. After splitting the two midweek games last week, the Wildcats traveled down to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Texas Tech swept the series, winning two of the three games by at least six runs. K-State, 12-17 overall and 0-6 in the Big 12, now sits on a four-game losing streak.

The Wildcats will look to end that losing streak tonight as they travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who are 19-8, at Haymarket Park.

The Huskers enter tonight’s battle against their former Big 12 North conference foe knowing how to win. They lost just two of their last 18 games.

The Huskers are currently riding high behind the bat of junior first baseman Ben Miller. He holds a .377 batting average and leads the team in hits with 43 on the season.

Miller is followed closely on the stat sheet by junior outfielder, Ryan Boldt. The native of Red Wing, Minnesota, is hitting .344 and leads his team with 30 runs across the plate.

Looking to slow down the production of Miller and Boldt will be senior pitcher Brandon Erickson, who will get the start today.

The right-hander from Anderson, California, has not started a game this season, but he holds a 4.02 ERA in his nine appearances this season.

Sophomore Jake Meyers will be the starting pitcher for Nebraska. In the one game he started this year, Meyers is 1-0 and has a 0.0 ERA.

The Wildcats’ bats will have to get after the Huskers’ pitchers if they hope to stop this losing streak at just four games. One possible player who might be able to help is senior outfielder Clayton Dalrymple.

Dalrymple leads K-State in three statistical categories: He is batting an average of .342, has scored 31 runs and has collected 40 hits at the plate.

Another possibility for offensive success is freshman catcher Josh Rolette. Coming up just behind Dalrymple on the stat sheet, Rolette brings in a .333 average with 34 hits and 19 runs. He also leads K-State in doubles this year with eight.

This will be the fourth straight game that the Wildcats have been away from home, but it is one they need to steal on the road before their losing streak extends to five games.

First pitch is set to be thrown at 6:35 p.m. today.