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Nebraska Baseball: Huskers vs Kansas State Wildcats

Nebraska takes on Kansas State in the final game of a three-game midweek series. The Wildcats took the first two games - will they take the third?

David McGee
Nebraska (19-19, 11-4 Big Ten) vs. Kansas State (28-13, 7-5 Big 12)

Wednesday, April 24 – 6:35 p.m.

Probable Starters: RHP Brandon Pierce (1-3) vs. RHP Jake Doller (2-2)

TV: None
Stream: HuskersNSide
Radio: Husker Sports Network

The last time these two teams played, Kansas State won, 9-1, playing against a Nebraska team that looked like they didn't even want to be there.

Hopefully, things have changed recently. Nebraska has won five straight, sweeping Arkansas in a midweek doubleheader, and sweeping Big Ten conference foe Purdue last weekend.

From the Husker Athletic Department Release:

Scouting the Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas State Wildcats make their lone trip to Hawks Field on Wednesday and will be in search of their third win over the Huskers on the season.

The Wildcats are coming off a 1-2 weekend, where they dropped their first two games at Oklahoma State, before winning on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

The Wildcats are 28-13 overall on the year and have played 25 of their 41 games at home, including 19 straight home games after playing their first six games of the season on the road.

KSU has played just 12 true road games and is two games below .500 with a 5-7 record.

Kansas State is hitting .331 as a team, while holding opposing batters to a .258 average.

Eight Wildcats are hitting .300 or better on the season, including a team-high .364 average from both Ross Kivett and Tanner Witt.

Rivett is one of three players with double-digit doubles on the year, with 11, while Austin Fisher leads the team with 14 two-baggers.

Along with their 76 team doubles, the Wildcats have also slugged 20 triples and 23 home runs, with a team-high seven off the bats of Shane Conlon, as well as six from Jared King.

The Wildcats are not just a power team, as they also put pressure on pitchers and catchers with their running game. KSU has stolen 77 bases on the year in 116 attempts. In two games against the Huskers this year, the Wildcats are 2-for-5 stealing bases off Nebraska catcher Tanner Lubach.

KSU is scheduled to start senior right-handed pitcher Jake Doller on Wednesday night, who started against the Huskers earlier this year in Manhattan on March 26 and didn't factor into the decision. The Lake Waukomis, Mo., native went 3.2 innings, giving up a pair of runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out four.

On the year, Doller has made 10 appearances, including seven starts. He has thrown 34.2 innings, giving up 13 runs (eight earned) on 22 hits and 20 walks, while striking out 28. Doller has a 2.08 ERA and opposing teams are hitting just .179 off the righty.

In the first two meetings between the two teams this season, eight KSU pitchers combined for the 10-8 win, while in game two, five KSU arms limited the Huskers to one run in a 9-1 Wildcat victory.