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K-State Baseball at Big 12/Pac 12 Showdown: game times, radio info, and more

Can the BatCats escape a Pac-12 gauntlet while staying out of the wrong side of .500?

These guys? Again?
These guys? Again?
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The Wildcats are off to Arizona for the weekend, joining Big 12 comrades Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State for the Big 12-Pac 12 Showdown. The four midwestern squads will play a full round-robin against four teams from the left coast: Oregon State, Utah, Washington, and Washington State. (Arizona State will also play four games this weekend against Big 12 competition, but those games aren't part of the tournament.) Here's all the info you'll need to settle in and enjoy some BatCat action.

Thu, Feb 19, 5:30pm CT
Surprise Stadium, Surprise AZ
Utah
(1-3, 0-0 Pac 12)
RHP Bret Helton
Jr. 1-0, 4.50
vs Kansas State
(2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Nate Griep
R-So., 0-0, 3.38

Sophomore Nate Griep opened the campaign with a stellar effort, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning in K-State's win over Iowa. He didn't get the decision, though, as Iowa tied the game before the BatCats pulled away to win. He'll be facing Utah righty Bret Helton, whose father Barry owns two Super Bowl rings from his time with the 49ers. The Wildcats will also have to contend with sophomore 3B Dallas Carroll (.500, 4 RBI) and junior C A.J. Young (.400). This is the first meeting between K-State and Utah, who had a rough opening weekend as they lost three of four to Sacramento State.

The game airs on 1350 KMAN and on K-StateHD.TV (audio only), with John Kurtz on the call. Live stats via Gametracker. (Note: the K-StateHD and Gametracker links are direct links, and are different for each game!)

Also on Thursday: Oklahoma State faces Oregon State at 11am in Surprise, and in Mesa Washington meets Kansas at 11am and Washington State takes on Oklahoma at 4:30pm.

Fri, Feb 20, 2pm CT
Surprise Stadium, Surprise AZ
Oregon State
(2-2, 0-0 Pac 12)
starter TBA
vs Kansas State
(2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Levi MaVorhis
Jr., 1-0, 0.00

MaVorhis threw a gem in his outing against Pitt last week, and how he gets to face a team he's met before as the Wildcats relive their 2013 Super Regional experience with the Beavers. Oregon State's starter isn't determined yet, but if they stick with their opening week rotation it would be junior righty Travis Eckert, who gave up one run in six innings in the Beavers' extra-inning win over Michigan State last weekend. Oregon State, who leads the all-time series with the BatCats 5-4, also took down Northwestern in their season opener, but dropped a pair against New Mexico on Sunday and Monday. All four of those games were in Surprise as well, as the Beavers hang around for another week. Their big threat offensively so far has been freshman C/1B K.J. Harrison, who's hitting .500 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.

The game airs on 1350 KMAN and on K-StateHD.TV (audio only). Live stats via Gametracker.

Also Friday, Washington faces Oklahoma at 11am in Mesa, Washington State clashes with Oklahoma State at 4:30pm in Surprise, and back in Mesa Utah takes on Kansas at 5:30pm.

Sat, Feb 21, 5:30pm CT
Sloan Park, Mesa AZ
Washington
(4-0, 0-0 Pac 12)
RHP Josh Fredendall
Sr., 1-0, 0.00
vs Kansas State
(2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Colton Kalmus
R-So., 0-0, 0.00

After senior Mark Biesma got shelled early against George Mason, Kalmus came on and threw five scoreless innings, striking out six. That earned him the Saturday spot in the rotation, for now anyway. Fredendall went five scoreless innings on Sunday, picking up the third of Washington's four wins in their season-opening sweep on the road at Pacific. juniors C Austin Rei (.462, 2 RBI) and CF Braden Bishop (.438, 4 RBI) lead the Huskies charge on offense. This will be the seventh meeting between Washington and the Cats; the Huskies have won five of the six previous games.

Ihe game airs on 1350 KMAN and on K-StateHD.TV (audio only). Live stats via Gametracker.

Other action Saturday includes Utah vs Oklahoma State at noon in Mesa, while in Surprise Oregon State takes on Oklahoma at 11am and Washington State meets Kansas at 4:30pm.

Sun, Feb 22, 11am CT
Sloan Park, Mesa AZ
Washington State
(2-2, 0-0 Pac 12)
RHP Nick Leonard
Fr., 0-0, 0.00
vs Kansas State
(2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Corey Fischer
Jr., 0-0, 0.00

Fischer threw 5 2/3 innings Sunday, fanning six and only allowing a single unearned run, before the Wildcat bullpen lost the plot in the ninth inning. For the Cougars, Nick Leonard started Sunday's 4-3 win over Stephen F. Austin, but despite striking out two and not giving up any runs, left the game after one inning. The Cougars split their four games in Nagocdoches last weekend, splitting a pair with Stephen F. Austin, beating Texas-Arlington, and losing 12-0 to Missouri State. Before that, Washington State played three games against major league academy teams in the Dominican Republic, winning all three -- including a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals academy squad. Senior catcher P.J. Jones leads the offense with a .400 batting average, while frosh OF Wes Hatten is hitting .333 with 3 RBI. Washington State leads the series with K-State 3-2.

The game airs on 1350 KMAN and on K-StateHD.TV (audio only). Live stats via Gametracker.

All four teams play early games at four different locations on Sunday. Oregon State plays Kansas at 11am in Surprise, Washington takes on Oklahoma State at noon in Peoria, and Utah meets Oklahoma at 1pm in Goodyear.

Before getting tangled up with the Big 12-Pac 12 Showdown, Oklahoma visits Arizona State at 8:30pm tonight. The other five Big 12 teams are also in action this weekend, all playing three-game series. The Sun Devils will also host TCU for three games, while Texas Tech hosts Northern Illinois, Texas welcomes Minnesota, Kent State visits Waco to take on Baylor, and West Virginia travels to Georgia Southern.