The Kansas State baseball team will travel to the state of Nebraska tonight for the second time this season. The Wildcats’ opponents this time around: the Omaha Mavericks.a game that saw the Wildcats win 3-0.
That game was a tight, defensive battle for much of the night. In the bottom of the eighth inning, freshman left fielder Dylan Watts stepped up to the plate for K-State with the bases loaded. Watts blasted a single up the middle, sending two runners in. Watts himself would later be sent home to give K-State the 3-0 lead that it held for the rest of the game.
In their 15 games since defeating the Mavericks nearly a month ago, the Wildcats have gone 4-11. K-State lost a series to West Virginia just this weekend, 2-1.
In the first game of the series against the Mountaineers, the Wildcats lost a 5-3 lead after six-and-a-half innings before giving up five unanswered runs to fall 8-5. Game two saw the Mountaineers win 6-0, but K-State made a last-ditch effort by winning the final game 7-4 on Sunday.
Sophomore Will Brennan has made some noise lately, not only when he’s up to bat but also from the mound. In the West Virginia series, he had a total of four hits, but more important were his contributions as a pitcher.
In the Sunday win against the Mountaineers, Brennan pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run. Brennan was awarded the win, which was his second in a row after beating Nebraska last Tuesday.
K-State is currently 17-23 this season with a 3-12 record in the Big 12 Conference. Meanwhile, Omaha is currently 13-22 overall and 8-7 in the Summit League. The Mavericks were most recently swept 3-0 in a series against Fort Wayne.
Junior Braden Rogers is the leading batter for Omaha. He has a batting average of .289 with 37 hits and 15 RBIs this season.
K-State holds the all-time series edge over Omaha, 11-2.
The first pitch between the Wildcats and the Mavericks is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight. The game will be broadcast on KMAN radio and a free audio stream will be available on kstatesports.com.