Wildcats conclude Tuesday with Creight homestand

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Manhattan, Kan. — K-State ends its six-game homestand as the Wildcats renew their rivalry with Creighton at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats earn their first top-25 win of the season when they defeated sixth-seeded Oklahoma State Sunday 7-2 from home runs Nick Goodwin, Justin Mitchell and Orlando Salinas.

Dylan Phillips hit four home runs last week, including three against the Cowboys, as he broke K-State’s home run record on Saturday. The fourth-year junior took his career total to 39, breaking Scott Poepard’s record of 37, which had stood since 1997, and earning him Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday.

K-State and Creighton meet for the first time since 2019. The Cats have a 52-44-1 lead in the all-time series with a home mark of 37-19-1.

With construction ongoing on the new Morgan Family Arena, parking for baseball games at Tointon Family Stadium will be impacted during the 2022 season.


Fans are asked to park in the west car park Bill Snyder Stadium and go through Gate 3 across College Avenue across from Ascension Via Christi Hospital. Gate 1 and Gate 2 will be closed for the duration of the 2022 baseball season.


If walking to the stadium, fans are advised to exit the west parking lot along the pedestrian walkway between Gate 1 and Gate 2 and then walk to the stadium via the sidewalk along College Avenue.


Tickets are available now for the entire 2022 season, starting at just $5 when purchased in advance at K-StateSports.com/Tickets, by calling 800-221-CATS, or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office.


Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. Radio coverage is available on News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM) with free streaming audio at K-StateSports.com/watch.

GAME #28
K-STATE (14-13) vs. CREIGHTON (15-7)

Tuesday, April 5 // 6 p.m. // Tointon Family Stadium (2,334) // Manhattan, Kan.
Expected starters: LHP Wesley Moore (0-0, 17.18 ERA) vs. RHP Hudson Leach (0-0, 8.31 ERA)
Watch: Big 12 Now on ESPN+ // Brian Smoller, Mike Clark
Radio: KMAN News Radio (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) // Matt Walters, Trevor Hurley
Listen online: K-StateSports.com/Watch // 1350KMAN.com
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A LOOK AT K-STATE
K-State wraps up its six-game home stand with a Tuesday night matchup against Creighton at Tointon Family Stadium… The Cats clinched a 7-2 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State on Sunday as they salvaged their team’s finals first big 12 home series…Saturday vs. the Cowboys, Dylan Phillips became K-State’s career homer leader, breaking the Scott Poepard mark of 25 years of two homers… Phillips finished with three weekend series homers and four weekly homers to earn a Big 12 Player of the week honors on Monday… He slashed .438/.609/1.250 in five games with four homers and seven RBI… In five games, K-State went with a 3-2 midweek win over Northern Colorado before he went 1-2 against the Cowboys…Sunday’s win marked the Cats’ first home win over OSU since 2010 and sent a total of 13 games into the doldrums of the series…Sunday’s win was K-State’s first ranked win of the season (1 -6) and the 14th ranked win under the head coach in the fourth year Peter Hughes … The Wildcat offensive hit eight homers against Oklahoma State, with six players recording at least one … Nick Goodwin, Justin Mitchell and Orlando Salinas, all of whom scored in Sunday’s win…Goodwin had a team-high .500 average in the three-game streak while Phillips averaged .444… ColeJohnson hit .400 and made a pair of go-ahead, two-out doubles on Sunday… Connor McCullough made his fourth quality start of the year on Sunday, scoring six over six innings, earning two in five hits… Blake Adams went the rest of the way, giving up just one hit to keep OSU scoreless in the last three innings…Tuesday v Creighton, left-handers Wesley Moore gets his second career start… Moore is 0-0 with a 17.18 ERA (7 ER, 3.2 IP) with seven strikeouts.



EXPLORE CRIGHTON
Creighton (15-7) is making the trip to the Tointon Family Stadium on a four-game win streak after beating The Citadel at home over the weekend… Overall, the Bluejays have won 10 of their last 11 games – and 13 of 15 – since the start of the year 0-4…CU’s offense is fueled by Alan Roden and his .358 average, .500 onbase and nine doubles…Jared Wegner has hit a team-high six home runs with 21 RBI, good for a slugging -Percentage of .691… A total of four players are batting over .320… On the mound, Creighton boasts a 3.61 ERA with 173 strikeouts against 85 walks as opponents are batting .243 against them… Right-hander Hudson Leach becomes getting the nod on Tuesday as he makes his third start of the season… Leach is 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA (4ER, 4.1 IP).



WITHIN THE SERIES
In a streak stretching back to 1903, K-State has a 52-44-1 advantage over Creighton… The teams are meeting for the first time since 2019, while this will be the first matchup in Manhattan since 2018… The Bluejays won two of three games in the 2019 weekend series played at TD Ameritrade Park… The Wildcats are 37-19-1 at home to CU and last won in 2016… The teams have split the last 10 meetings in Manhattan during the Bluejays are 6-4 overall in the last 10 games of the series and have won five of the last six.



KING WHAMMER
Saturday against Oklahoma State, Dylan Phillips tied two home runs and became K-State’s all-time home run leader… Phillips tied Scott Poepard’s record of 37 in Friday night’s contest before breaking it in the first inning on Saturday… Poepard’s record has stood since 1997 (years 25), as Phillips is now 39 Career homer has… Saturday was Phillips’ seventh career multi-homer game and second of the season… His record-breaking performance last week earned him the Big 12 Player of the Week award, his first weekly Honor of his career…Phillips hit four home runs last week while driving in seven…His 39 career home runs ranks eighth among active players in Division I and leads the Big 12…season home run record last season 16 bombs, runner-up in the Big 12…His 16 home runs were the most by a wildcat since Poepard and Heath Schesser both hit it in the 1997 season…Phillips was the sole representative vo n K-State in the preseason All-Big 12 team while also earning P Reseason Third Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.



home cooking
K-State has won 10 of 13 home games this season, including its first seven home games — the team’s longest winning streak since 2014… The Wildcats started their home streak 9-1 for the second straight season… At home, the Wildcats beat -Offensive .314 and batting .587 with 26 runs home…K-State averaging 7.6 runs per game with 10.8 hits at Tointon Family Stadium…Conversely, the Cats are batting .278 and batting .426 in games away, averaging 5 .4 runs per game and 9.8 hits per game… The Wildcat Bullpen has a 4.36 ERA at home and hits 66 compared to 34 walks… In street and neutral competitions he is a K-State reliever a combined ERA of 8.43 with 68 strikeouts and 45 walks…K-State has homed in 11 of their 13 home games, while 26 of their 36 home runs have occurred at the Tointon Family Stadium… ColeJohnson leads the Wildcats in batting at .447 at home while Dominic Johnson is next at .436.



JOHNSON & JOHNSON
K-State’s dynamic outfield duo Dominic Johnson and ColeJohnson have helped lead the Wildcat offense during their recent hot streak… In the last 20 games have Dominic Johnson leads with his average of .432 throughout ColeJohnson is second at .430… The pair have credited all three four-hit games K-State has produced this season, as ColeJohnson turned his second four-hit attempt last Wednesday against Northern Colorado… ColeJohnson has multiple hits in five of his last six games and ripped a pair of go-ahead, two-out RBI doubles on Sunday against Oklahoma State… Dominic Johnsons Hitting streak reached 16 games before ending at TCU, a streak that included multiple hits in nine straight games (March 6-20)… Dominic Johnson has scored multiple goals in 13 of his last 18 games.



NUMBER NUGGETS
K-State has a +13 run differential in 27 games this season… The Wildcats have outplayed their opponents 24-7 in the second inning alone and 34-20 from the eighth inning… The Cats are at the Hitting 12-6 at least one homer and 8-3 on multiple homers… K-State has won seven of eight games in which it didn’t commit a fault while going 3-9 when it committed multiple faults … When holding opponents to five runs or fewer, the Wildcats are 11-3 … Conversely, K-State has a 2-9 record when scoring five runs or fewer in a game and is 12-4 if he scores at least six runs… The Cats are winless (0-3) in one-run games and 3-7 in games decided by two runs or fewer… Twelve of K-‘s 36 homers State were game ties or go-ahead home runs.

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