Wildcats wrap up Homestand with Creighton on Tuesday

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

The Wildcats are coming off their first top-25 victory of the season, as they beat sixth-seeded Oklahoma State on Sunday 7-2 behind homers of Nick Goodwin, Justin Mitchell and Orlando Salinas.

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

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

With construction underway of the new Morgan Family Arena, parking for baseball games at Tointon Family Stadium will be affected during the 2022 season.

Fans are advised to park in the west parking lot of Bill Snyder Stadium and do so by entering Gate 3 via College Avenue across from Ascension Via Christi Hospital. Gate 1 and Gate 2 will be closed for the duration of the 2022 baseball season.

When walking to the stadium, fans are directed to exit the west parking lot along the pedestrian path between Gate 1 and Gate 2 and then proceed to the stadium via the sidewalk along College Avenue.

Tickets are on sale now for the entire 2022 season and start at just $5 when purchased in advance at K-StateSports.com/Tickets, by calling 800-221-CATS, or by visiting K’s box office -State Athletics.

Tuesday’s contest will air 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.
Projected 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: News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) // Matt Walters, Trevor Hurley
Listen online: K-StateSports.com/Watch // 1350KMAN.com
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K-State ends its six-game homestand with a Tuesday night clash with Creighton at Tointon Family Stadium… The Cats are coming off a 7-2 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State on Sunday as they saved the final of their first Big 12 home series… Saturday against the Cowboys, Dylan Phillips became K-State’s career home run leader, beating the mark set by Scott Poepard that had stood for 25 years with two home runs… Phillips finished with three home runs in the weekend series and four in the week, earning him Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday … He cut .438 / .609 / 1,250 in five games with four home runs and seven RBIs … In five games, K-State went 3 -2 with a midweek sweep of Northern Colorado before going 1-2 against the Cowboys … Sunday’s win marked the Cats’ first home win over OSU since 2010 and snapped a skid of 13 total games in the series… Sunday’s win was K-State’s first ranked win of the season (1-6) and 14th ranked win under fourth-year head coach Pete Hughes … The Wildcat offense hit eight homers against Oklahoma State, with six players recording at least one … Nick Goodwin, Justin Mitchell and Orlando Salinas all homered in Sunday’s win … Goodwin averaged .500 over the three-game series while Phillips hit .444 … Cole Johnson hit .400 and roped in a pair of double go-aheads, two outs on Sunday… Connor McCullough made his fourth quality start of the year on Sunday, striking out six in six innings with two won on five hits … Blake Adams went the rest of the way, giving up just one hit to keep OSU scoreless the last three innings … Tuesday against southpaw Creighton Wesley Moore will get his second career start … Moore is 0-0 with a 17.18 ERA (7 ER, 3.2 IP) with seven strikeouts.

Creighton (15-7) heads to Tointon Family Stadium on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the Citadel at home this weekend… Overall, the Bluejays have won 10 of their last 11 games — and 13 in 15 – after starting the year 0-4… CU’s offense is paced by Alan Roden and his .358 average, .500 on-base percentage and nine doubles… Jared Wegner peaked at team with six home runs with 21 RBI, good for a .691 slugging percentage… Total four players are hitting over .320… On the mound, Creighton is 3.61 ERA with 173 strikeouts against 85 steps, as opponents hit .243 against them… Right-hander Hudson Leach will get the nod on Tuesday, as he makes his third start of the season… Leach is 0-0 with an ERA of 8.31 (4ER, 4.1 IP).

In a series dating back to 1903, K-State holds a 52-44-1 advantage over Creighton… The teams will meet for the first time since 2019 as it will be the first game in Manhattan since 2018… The The Bluejays have won two of three weekend series games in 2019 played at TD Ameritrade Park…Wildcats are 37-19-1 at home to CU, last win in 2016…Teams split the Last 10 meetings in Manhattan while the Bluejays are 6-4 in the last 10 of the series, winning five of the last six.

Saturday against Oklahoma State, Dylan Phillips belted two home runs to become K-State’s all-time leader… Phillips tied Scott Poepard’s record of 37 in Friday night’s contest before beating him in the first run on Saturday… The record de Poepard had been holding since 1997 (25), when Phillips now has 39 career home runs…Saturday marked Phillips’ seventh career multi-home run game and second of the season…His record-breaking performance last week earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors, the first weekly award of his career… Phillips hit four home runs last week while driving seven… His 39 career home runs are tied at the ranked eighth among active Division I players and tops the Big 12… The Omaha product tied the season-high home run program single last season with 16 bombs, ranking second in the Big 12.. His 16 home runs were the most W-scored ildcat since Poepard and Heath Schesser both made it in the 1997 season…Phillips was K-State’s sole representative on the All-Big 12 preseason team while winning Preseason Third Team All-America Honors Collegiate Baseball.

K-State has won 10 of 13 home games this season, including its first seven home games – the team’s longest winning streak to start its home roster since 2014… The Wildcats started their roster at home 9-1 for the second straight season… At home, the Wildcats offense hits .314 and hits .587 with 26 homers… K-State is averaging 7.6 carries per game on 10.8 hits at Tointon Family Stadium… Conversely, the Cats are hitting .278 and hitting .426 in games away from home, averaging 5.4 carries per game and 9.8 hits per game.. The Wildcat bullpen has a 4.36 home ERA, striking out 66 to 34 walks… Competing on the road and neutral, K-State bullpen has a combined 8.43 ERA with 68 outs at bat and 45 walks … K-State has homered in 11 of 13 home games while 26 of its 36 home runs have come at Tointon Family Stadium… Cole Johnson leads the Wildcats to hit .447 at home while Dominique Johnson is next at .436.

K-State’s dynamic outfield duo Dominique Johnson and Cole Johnson helped lead the Wildcats offense during its recent hot streak… Over the last 20 games, Dominique Johnson leads the way with his average of .432 while Cole Johnson is second at .430 … The pair accounted for all three four-hit games K-State has produced this season, as Cole Johnson had his second effort on four hits last Wednesday against Northern Colorado … Cole Johnson has multiple hits in five of his last six games and tore up a pair of two-out RBI doubles Sunday against Oklahoma State … by Dominic Johnson the hitting streak reached 16 games before ending at TCU, a streak that included multiple hits in nine straight outings (March 6-20) … Dominique Johnson has multiple hits in 13 of his last 18 games.

K-State has a +13 point differential in 27 games this season… The Wildcats outscored opponents 24-7 in the second inning alone and 34-20 from the eighth inning… The Cats are 12- 6 when hitting at least one home run and 8-3 when hitting multiple home runs… K-State won seven of eight games in which it was error-free while going 3-9 in committing several errors…Holding opponents to five or less, the Wildcats are 11-3…Conversely, K-State is 2-9 when scoring five or less in a game and 12-4 when he scores at least six points… The Cats are winless (0-3) in one-point games and 3-7 in games decided by two runs or less… Twelve of K-State’s 36 home runs have been tied or game-breaking home runs.


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