KSU baseball opens at home Saturday

By The Mercury

The Kansas State baseball team will open its home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Oakland at Tointon Family Stadium.

The series, originally scheduled to be Friday through Sunday, was rescheduled to be one game on Saturday at 1 p.m., and a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. The games will open a 19-game homestand for the Wildcats.

K-State (3-3) will look to bounce back from a 1-2 weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last weekend, that included a 7-5 win over No. 8 Kentucky.

First baseman Shane Conlon is pacing the Wildcats’ offense, ranking fourth in the Big 12 with a .500 batting average. Second baseman Ross Kivett is hitting .391 and third baseman Damion Lovato is hitting .385. Conlon went 5 for 5 against Kentucky — the first five-hit performance against a Top-10 team since 1999.

Nate Williams is scheduled to get the start Saturday, while Joe Flatery and Matt Wivinis will pitch Sunday. Williams is 1-1 this season with a 1.46 ERA with two runs allowed in 12 1/3 innings pitched. Williams is off to the best start of a season since Evan Marshall had three quality starts in the 2010 season.

K-State has been difficult for teams to beat in Manhattan in non-conference games since 2009, posting a 58-8 record at Tointon in that time. The Wildcats will have 31 home games this season.

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