Baseball’s losing skid could end at Texas Tech

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Senior infielder, Trent McMaster, takes a swing during the game against Oklahoma State at Tointon Family Stadium on April 9, 2018. The Wildcats lost 13-8. (Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team will travel to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend to play Texas Tech starting on Friday with a chance to snap a six-game losing streak.

K-State is now 15-18 on the season and will play in its second weekend series against a conference opponent. In games against conference opponents, K-State is 2-7 after getting swept by Oklahoma State last weekend.

The offense and pitching have been inconsistent so far this year for the Wildcats. Big 12 play has not been kind to K-State so far, with the team winning just two games and one of three series.

During that time, the Wildcats took two of three games from the Texas Longhorns in Manhattan in their first home conference series. This was the first series win against the Longhorns since the 2013 season.

This trip to Texas will be the second for K-State this season since the team was swept by Texas Christian to open conference play. Texas Tech comes into this weekend series with a record of 26-8 overall and 5-4 against the Big 12.

The Red Raiders are coming off of a weekend series against Kansas where they won the series 2-1. Texas Tech lost to Dallas Baptist University on Tuesday night 5-6.

K-State was swept by Oklahoma State over the weekend where both the lack of consistent pitching and timely hitting were factors. On Tuesday night, K-State could not pull out a win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It was a back-and-forth offensive night for both teams where Nebraska ultimately won 11-9.

Since 2016, K-State has won only one of six games played against Texas Tech. The one win came in Manhattan during the 2017 season. The Wildcats won 5-3 against the Red Raiders last season where senior Justin Heskett earned the victory by going six innings and giving up six hits and three earned runs. Heskett threw 91 pitches while issuing only one walk and recording a strikeout.

Three current players on the K-State roster scored a run in this game. Sophomore Will Brennan who is currently hitting .375 this season with a .463 slugging percentage, had four hits against Texas Tech and drew a walk from the Red Raiders pitching staff.

The Wildcats have four hitters this season who are batting .290 or above. There are 11 players on K-State’s roster who have an on-base percentage of at least .300.

K-State and Texas Tech will throw the first pitch in Lubbock, Texas, at 6:30 p.m Friday.

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