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Kansas State Baseball: Surprise Weekend at California - game times, radio info, and more

The home opener's been snowed out, so the BatCats head to Berkeley.

Off to spend the weekend with hippies!
Off to spend the weekend with hippies!
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This weekend, Kansas State was scheduled to take on Eastern Illinois in their home-opening series for 2015. The weather raised objections to that plan, however. As a result, the folks at the University of California were kind enough to invite the BatCats out to their park for a three-game weekend set. Cal leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 4-0.

Sat, Feb 28, 8:00pm CT
Evans Diamond, Berkeley CA
Kansas State
(4-4, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Nate Griep
R-So., 1-0, 2.51
vs Cal
(5-3, 0-0 Pac 12)
RHP Daulton Jefferies
So., 1-1, 3.85

Sophomore Nate Griep is on a roll. After a fantastic opening game effort which resulted in no decision for Griep although the Cats won, he then tossed a complete game against Utah last weekend. Jefferies was Cal's opening day starter last year as a true freshman, and defeated Texas 7-1. He lost his next eight, though. He returned as the opening day starter this year, being knocked out relatively early in the Golden Bears' opening loss to Duke; last weekend he bounced back with seven solid innings against Cal-Irvine, allowing only a single run while striking out ten.

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!)

Sun, Mar 1, 3:00pm CT
Evans Diamond, Berkeley CA
Kansas State
(4-4, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Colton Kalmus
R-So., 0-0, 0.90
vs Cal
(5-3, 0-0 Pac 12)
RHP Ryan Mason
Jr., 1-0, 2.45

Kalmus went five in his first start last week, allowing only one run but getting no decision in the Wildcats' walk-off loss to Washington. That followed the stellar relief appearance in the opening weekend, which earned Kalmus the Washington start; now, he finds himself as the #2. Mason went 6 for the Bears in a 3-2 win over Duke, then left early in Cal's 10-3 win over Cal-Irvine even though he'd only given up two runs.

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!)

Mon, Mar 2, noon CT
Evans Diamond, Berkeley CA
Kansas State
(4-4, 0-0 Big 12)
RHP Corey Fischer
Jr., 1-0, 1.54
vs Cal
(5-3, 0-0 Pac 12)
TBA
(Hain/Ladrech)

Fischer picked up his first win in K-State's rout of Washington State last Sunday. He also threw 5.2 innings against Saint Louis on the Florida trip, allowing only a single unearned run in the Cats' 7-4 loss. Cal hasn't announced their Monday starter yet; they'll go with either freshman righty Jeff Bain (1-0, 1.00) or freshman lefty Matt Ladrech (1-1, 3.18).

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!)

Offensively, Cal is led by sophomore 3B Lucas Erceg (.500, 2 HR, 5 RBI), senior 1B Chris Paul (.406, 1 HR, 5 RBI, and a lot of insurance sales, I guess), and freshman SS Preston Grand Pre (.379, 4 RBI).

A big hand to the Golden Bears for accomodating the BatCats on short notice, but let's hope K-State repays their kindness with cruelty.