BatCats hit the road for weekend series with Hawkeyes

Senior catcher Tyler Wolfe slides to second base during the baseball game between the University of Texas and K-State on April 8, 2016, at Tointon Family Stadium. (File Photo by George Walker | The Collegian)

The K-State baseball team will be traveling north this weekend for an out-of-conference battle with the Iowa Hawkeyes in a three-game series.

The Wildcats are coming off a 10-6 win over Grand Canyon University on Wednesday night at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State is currently 19-22 on the season and 5-10 in Big 12 play.

The win came after the K-State Wildcats were rained out Tuesday night, when they were initially scheduled to take on the Wichita State Shockers on the road.

In the win, K-State used two home runs from senior shortstop Tyler Wolfe, who collected five RBIs on the night. Three of those runs came in a four-run first inning for the Wildcats as Wolfe blasted a three-run shot to give K-State a 4-0 lead early in the first frame.

Junior infielder Steve Serratore had a good game as he went two for four in the game and had two RBIs during the win.

The Wildcats will stay out of the conference this weekend when they go to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes, who are having a mediocre year this season at 19-19.

This will be the first weekend series outside of the Big 12 for K-State since hosting Western Carolina in mid-March.

Iowa hasn’t had that one player who has major home run potential, but senior outfielder Joel Booker and senior first baseman Tyler Peyton each have four home runs in the near-40 games this season.

Booker and senior infielder Nick Roscetti are leading the team in RBIs with 25 each.

The Hawkeyes are winners of their last two games and are in the midst of an eight-game home stretch that ends May 3 when they host Western Illinois.

In conference play, Iowa is just 7-8 this season and is coming off a series loss to Michigan this past weekend, but salvaged the series against the Wolverines by winning the final game on Sunday. They’ll return to Big 10 play next weekend when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Hawkeyes defeated Grand View Tuesday night 3-0 and got rained out as they were scheduled to host the University of Nebraska Omaha on Wednesday night.

K-State and Iowa will begin the series at 6:05 p.m. Friday, do battle at 2:05 p.m. Saturday and finish the series at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The Wildcats will return home to host the Wichita State Shockers on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.