BatCats look to keep hot streak going against Wichita State

Members of the Kansas State Wildcats baseball team play against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 22, 2017. The Wildcats went on to win the game with a final score of 8-4. (Justin Wright | The Collegian)

Fresh off a three-game sweep against Abilene Christian, and winners of seven of its last nine, the Kansas State baseball team will face off against an in-state opponent in Wichita State at home tonight. The Wildcats are 24-20 on the year.

After a 6-5 win in the first game over Abilene Christian, the bats came alive for the Cats. The Wildcats took the second game 11-1 on a cold, damp day. The team won Sunday 14-3 in seven innings.

Freshman outfielder Will Brennan is currently tied for first in the Big 12 in batting average, hitting .368. Fellow freshman, infielder Cameron Thompson, has 56 hits on the year, which is the fifth-best mark in the conference. Thompson has also showed off his speed this year, as he is tied for the conference lead in triples with four, and is tied for fifth in stolen bases with 11.

The Wildcats’ best player this year has been senior first basemen Jake Scudder. Scudder has provided a big bat in the lineup for the Wildcats, as he leads the Big 12 in home runs with 13. Scudder is also second in the conference in RBIs with 51. Senior infielder Quintin Crandall is tied for fifth in the conference with eight home runs.

Senior Parker Rigler and junior Justin Heskett have been stellar in the starting rotation for the Wildcats. Rigler has an ERA of 3.03 and Heskett is right behind him with a 3.14 ERA. Those marks are good for eight and ninth best in the conference, respectively.

After the single game against the Shockers, K-State will host the Oklahoma Sooners Friday through Sunday. The Wildcats will play the Shockers again later this month in Wichita on May 16.

First pitch between the Wildcats and Shockers will be at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.