K-State baseball team ready for familiar foe

Senior pitcher Colton Kalmus, pitches against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on March 15, 2017, in Tointon Family Stadium. (File Photo by Logan Wassall | The Collegian)

After a hot start to the year, the Kansas State Wildcats baseball team has cooled off a bit as it gets ready to face former Big 12 foe Nebraska on the road Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Wildcats had an impressive 15-6 record in nonconference play, but dropped all three games in their Big 12 opening series to Texas, getting shut out the first two games. Road contests have been a hurdle thus far, as K-State is 1-3 in road games this year.

The Cornhuskers are 12-10 on the year, but have performed well at home with a 6-2 record.

Freshman infielder Cameron Thompson leads K-State in batting average, hitting .385. The Wildcats have a trio of seniors who tie for the team lead in home runs with five in first baseman Jake Scudder, outfielder Steve Serratore and infielder Quintin Crandall. Serratore leads the team with 24 RBIs while Scudder is right behind him with 23.

Senior Parker Rigler has a 2-2 record this year and leads the starters with an ERA of 2.34. Rigler also pitched a no-hitter earlier this year. Senior Jordan Floyd leads the team out with six saves and a 1.26 ERA. Senior Nick Jones has appeared in a team-high 17 games this season out of the bullpen and has a 4-0 record with a 1.86 ERA over 19.1 innings of work.

After the lone game against the Cornhuskers, the Wildcats return home for their Big 12 home opening series against TCU from March 31 to April 2.