PREVIEW: K-State baseball goes on the road to play Stanford for first time since 2011

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Carson Seymour, redshirt sophomore, pitched the last the strike out to end the 4th innings. (Sreenikhil Keshamoni | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team (6-5) head to California to play a four-game weekend series against Stanford starting Friday night with first pitch at 8 p.m. CT. After sweeping Fairleigh Dickinson in their home opener, the Wildcats will look to continue that win streak against Stanford on the road.

The last time the Wildcats faced the Cardinal was in 2011, where Stanford won 10-3 in the Fullerton Regional.

Out of the six Wildcats who have started all 11 games, sophomore infielder Daniel Carinci leads the team with a .417 batting average and .903 on-base OPS.

Stanford’s bullpen has performed well early in the season with five relievers holding an ERA under 4.00. The Cardinal holds just a 4-8 record. The Cardinal have scored at least five runs only twice, giving up 11 runs in a 11-4 loss to Houston back on Feb. 21.

Stanford has won its last three games including a 5-4 victory over No. 16 Michigan (6-5) on Tuesday night. Redshirt senior Jackson Parthasarathy went 3.1 innings for the win against the Wolverines. Parthasarathy is 1-0 for the Cardinal.

K-State had a dominant opening weekend at home with a three-game sweep over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The Wildcats outscored the Knights 40-3 with 17 extra-base hits in the series. After that series, K-State has eight pitchers with an ERA under 1.00 and three more with an ERA under 3.00.

Redshirt sophomore right-hander Carson Seymour (1-2) recorded the win in game one against the Knights. Seymour went six innings, striking out seven and giving up one run on four hits. The California native has a 5.52 ERA, but will look to lower that in this weekend’s series.

Redshirt freshman Connor McCullough got the win in game two last weekend with seven strong innings and nine strikeouts. On the year, McCullough has a 0.95 ERA for the Wildcats. In each of his three games, he has gone at least six innings.

Sophomore Jordan Wicks went five innings for K-State in the series finale against the Knights. The left-hander could have gone longer, but by the sixth inning the Wildcats had already scored 12 runs. In his previous two starts, Wicks pitched seven innings. Wicks is 2-1 for K-State.

The first game of the series will begin Friday night, with a doubleheader on Saturday and the weekend finale on Sunday afternoon. All four games can be heard on 1350 KMAN or on kstatesports.com.

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