Baseball team set to face Oklahoma State Cowboys in weather-delayed weekend series

Sophmore Will Brennan swings at the ball during a game against against the Omaha Mavericks on March 27 2018 (Alex Shaw | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team will welcome the Oklahoma State Cowboys to town this weekend for a three-game series.

K-State is currently 15-14 on the season, while Oklahoma State is 15-11-1. The Cowboys are second in the Big 12 with a 4-2 conference record, while the Wildcats are tied for second-to-last place with a 2-4 conference record.

As a team, the Wildcats are batting with an average of .277 and defensively they have allowed a batting average of .292. The pitching staff has an ERA of 5.21, and has allowed 184 total runs and 28 home runs on the season.

The Cowboys are hitting with a .253 batting average and have hit 22 home runs this season. Their pitchers have an ERA 5.19 and have given up just 13 homers.

K-State’s best offensive player has been sophomore outfielder Will Brennan. Brennan leads the team with a batting average of .372. He is also the team leader in runs scored (31), hits (45) and is second on the team with an on-base-percentage of .458.

Sophomore pitcher Kasey Ford has led the way on the mound for the Wildcats. Ford has a 4-1 record. He has pitched 44.2 innings this season. Ford’s ERA is 4.43 and he has given up 22 runs and opponents are hitting at a .260 average against him.

Colin Simpson leads the way with the bat for the Cowboys. The sophomore catcher has a team-leading 33 hits, 28 RBIs and eight home runs.

Oklahoma State’s best pitcher might be junior Carson Teel. Teel has pitched the most innings of all Cowboy pitchers with 38. He has a 3-1 record and has mastered three saves. Teel has allowed two homers all season and boasts and ERA of just 2.84.

In its last game out, Oklahoma State lost to No. 22 Wichita State, 7-5. The game was tied up at 5-5 going into the seventh inning, but the Shockers scored two runs that inning to outlast the Cowboys.

Prior to falling to Wichita State, Oklahoma State got a series sweep over TCU, who was previously ranked No. 18 in the country but has since fallen out of the Top 25.

The last game for K-State saw it fall to Creighton 8-3. The Bluejays scored all eight of their runs in the first two innings, with three coming in the first and five in the third.

That scoring outburst out of the gate proved to be too much for the Wildcats. K-State made a comeback effort with three total runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but it was not enough.

The series was originally scheduled to be a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series, but has been moved to Saturday-Sunday-Monday due to anticipated weather on Friday.

The series will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday inside Tointon Family Stadium. That game will air on Cox Channel Kansas and be broadcast on the K-State Sports Radio Network.

The following two series games will be at 1 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m Monday. Those two games will stream live on ESPN3 and be broadcast by KMAN.

I’m Jarrett Whitson, the sports editor this semester. I’m from Blue Rapids, KS, a town of just over 1,000 people about 40 miles north of Manhattan. I’m a junior in Public Relations, and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I love playing and talking about sports— especially college football