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Montana Durapau (2013: 3-1, 3.25 ERA) will start the first game of the series
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@CookmanBaseball Game Day: Kansas State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bethune-Cookman (12-11) faces the ‘Battle of the Wildcats’, as it travels to the Midwest for the first and only time in the 2013 regular season, to face Kansas State (13-8). After changes in the schedule due to weather, the series opens Friday at 1 p.m. (CST), with the finale Saturday at 2 p.m. (CST).

Both teams are riding just a single-game win streak, with Bethune-Cookman defeating South Florida on Tuesday, 6-2, and Kansas State splitting the two-game midweek with Minnesota on a 4-3 win, Wednesday.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1

B-CU: RHP Montana Durapau (2013: 3-1, 3.25 ERA)

KSU: RHP Nate Williams (2013: 2-3, 4.08 ERA)

Game 2

B-CU: LHP Ali Simpson (2013: 1-3, 6.84 ERA

KSU: LHP Joe Flattery (2013: 1-2, 5.00 ERA)

Game 3

B-CU: RHP Scott Garner (2013: 2-2, 7.39 ERA)

KSU: RHP Matt Wivinis (2013: 3-0, 4.60 ERA)

Notes About the Kansas State Wildcats (13-8)

B-CU is facing a familiar style of play in KSU, as the third straight opponent with big-hitting numbers. KSU racks up an average of 10.3 hits per contest, a team batting average of .309 and slugging percentage at .436; both marks the highest of any B-CU opponent this season. For their efforts, KSU averages 6.1 team runs per game.

Sophomore first baseman Shane Conlon tops the squad at the plate, batting .380 with team highs of 30 hits and four home runs, in addition to 14 RBI. With a team-leading in slugging percentage (.633), Conlon leads the team with a .463 on-base percentage and 7-of-9 stolen bases.

Junior second baseman Ross Kivett joins Conlon at the top of a group of six KSU players batting over the .300 mark. Kivett bats .351 with 27 hits, including a team-high seven doubles. He reaches base at a .451 clip and has stolen 12-fo-14 bases this season.

Blair DeBord bats .327 with five doubles and 10 RBI, while RJ Santigate bats .320 with a team-high 15 RBI.

KSU reaches base effectively with a .396 on-base percentage and are one of the most aggressive running teams B-CU has seen this year, successfully stealing 42-of-60 bases (2.0 SPG).

Notes About the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (12-11)

The Wildcats have been coming along at the plate, currently batting .254 as a team. Team leader Josh Johnson was a little banged up after the South Florida game, and is questionable against KSU, but may see some action. Johnson was hitting .354 and had led off the order for 17 consecutive games in 2013. Left fielder Eros Modena is just behind Johnson, batting .337 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and a team-high 19 runs scored. Modena has also stolen 7-of-12 bases attempted.

Senior center fielder Brandon Turner has made a strong batting push the past two weeks, now hitting .271 with 11 runs scored and four RBI. He’s a heady and quick base runner, with a perfect 6-of-6 steals on the season. Eric Sams bats .259 with five doubles and seven RBI, while Matt Noble leads B-CU with nine doubles and 19 RBI, batting .256 on the season.

Live Stats

Kansas State Media Relations will be providing live statistics throughout the series at the following links: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3. In addition, the official B-CU Athletics and Baseball twitter accounts will be providing continual updates throughout the series at @BCUathletics/@CookmanBaseball.

Live Video

The game will be available to view via live stream at K-StateHD by purchasing a $9.95 subscription through the following link.

Game Day Hashtags

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