Cats play at Creighton this weekend

K-State looks to extend win streak to three straight games

By The Mercury

When the season started, the Kansas State baseball team was “Omaha or bust.”

But after the Wildcats began the season 1-7, however, the College World Series began to look like a pipe dream.

But now at 15-9 overall, K-State has mostly turned its season around, and will get at least a taste of what it’s like to play at the home of the College World Series in Omaha when the Wildcats open a three-game series tonight at 6:30 against Creighton in TD Ameritrade Park.

The Wildcats have won 14 of their last 16 games since that 1-7 start to the season — their only losses coming last weekend at Oklahoma.

A big reason for their turnaround is the steady improvement of the offense after scoring just nine runs K-State’s first four games.

The turnaround began with a late addition to the schedule, playing three games in Abilene, Texas, against Grand Canyon and Missouri State. The Wildcats then came home, where they’ve won 10 straight games at Tointon Family Stadium.

Creighton (11-7-1) has won three of the last four meetings with K-State. The Bluejays dropped their last game to Kansas, 11-0.

Levi MaVorhis will get the start tonight against Creighton’s Matt Warren.

MaVorhis is 3-2 on the season with a 3.32 ERA in six starts. Jared Moore (4-1) will start on Saturday and Nate Griep (2-0) will go on Sunday.

Griep has made just three starts this season with seven total appearances and has pitched well — posting a 1.42 ERA.

The redshirt-freshman is the only starter to pick up a win in last weekend’s Big 12 opening series in Norman, Okla.

Three players leading the way for the Wildcats at the plate with Ross Kivett, RJ Santigate and Austin Fisher each hitting .360 on the season.

Kivett is coming off a big night on Wednesdaywhen the senior hit for the cycle in a 12-6 win over Nebraska. He moved into seventh in K-State history in career hits on Wednesday with 239 knocks.

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