Kansas Baseball: Huge Sunflower Showdown Ahead for Kansas and Kansas State

Beginning tomorrow evening at Hoglund Park in Lawrence, the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats kick off a huge series with Big 12 conference title implications on the line.

Kansas State is 34-15 on the year, and 11-7 in the Big 12 conference, while Kansas sits right behind at 31-18 and 12-9. Kansas State is ranked number 24 in the RPI standings, while Kansas is 48. The Jayhawks enter the game on a six-game winning streak including a tight win over Wichita State on Tuesday. Performing well in this series could propel the Jayhawks to an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats are ranked second in the nation in batting percentage at .323, and average 6.3 runs per game. This will put the pressure even more on the Jayhawks pitchers to deliver. Austin Fisher and Ross Kivet are the top batters on the team, with Fisher batting .356 and Kivet at .354. Shane Conlon, has seven home runs on the year.

Where the Wildcats do struggle at is pitching. The Kansas batters will need to be at full strength to keep pace with the torrid Widcats hitters. Game one of the series begins tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. central time and can be heard on 1320 KWLN.

 

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May9, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats square off in a key series beginning tomorrow at Lawrence. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Topics: Baseball, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats

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