Huskers set for 12th straight road game

Following an 11-day road trip to California and Illinois, the Nebraska baseball team plays its 12th straight game away from Hawks Field when it travels to Manhattan, Kan., for a midweek game with the Kansas State Wildcats.

The former Big 12 Conference foes are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first of three games between the two teams this season, as Nebraska heads back to Manhattan the very next week on Tuesday, April 2, and the Wildcats make a trip to Hawks Field on Tuesday, April 23.

The will Huskers play their first game at Hawks Field since Wednesday, March 6, when the Northwestern Wildcats come to Lincoln for a three-game Big Ten series.

The Huskers and Wildcats open their series Friday night at 6:35 p.m.

The Kansas State Wildcats welcome the Huskers to Tointon Family Stadium on after KSU swept Bethune Cookman this past weekend.

The Wildcats are 16-8 overall on the year and have played 18-straight games at home after playing their first six games of the season on the road.

Tuesday's game with the Huskers caps a 19-game homestand for the Wildcats that started on Saturday, March 2 with a 4-2 win over Oakland. The Wildcats are 13-5 during the homestand, with sweeps of Oakland (3 games), Niagara (2 games) and Bethune Cookman (3 games).

The Wildcats also hosted Cal Poly (lost, 1-2), Northern Colorado (split, 1-1), West Virginia (won, 2-1) and Minnesota (split, 1-1) during the homestand.

Kansas State is hitting .319 as a team, while holding opposing batters to a .251 average.

Eight Wildcats are hitting .300 or better on the season, including a team-high .378 average from Ross Kivett, who also accounts for eight of KSU's 42 doubles on the year.

Along with their 42 doubles, the Wildcats have also slugged 11 triples and 11 home runs, with a team-high four off the bat of Shane Conlon.

The Wildcats are not just a power team, as they also put pressure on pitchers and catchers with their running game. KSU has stolen 51 base on the year in 72 attempts, an average of 2.1 steals per game.

KSU is scheduled to start senior right-handed pitcher Jake Doller on Tuesday night, who will be making his sixth appearance of the year and his fourth start.

Doller holds a 2-1 record on the year and a blistering 0.46 ERA. Over 19.2 innings of work, had given up six runs (one earned) on 12 hits and has just four walks compared to 19 strikeouts.

The Huskers faced Doller in two of the three games the teams played last season. He pitched a total of 4.1 shutout innings, giving up one hit and one walk, while posting three strikeouts.

Last season the Huskers were 4-4 in Big Ten series openers, but only got back to .500 by winning their last three series openers.

This season, Nebraska got off to on the right foot with a 9-5 win on Friday, March 22 at Illinois to open conference play. The teams then split a doubleheader on Saturday, earning the Huskers a series win, 2-1.

Nebraska lost on Friday night in four of it's first five Big Ten series openers last season, including a loss to Illinois to open Big Ten play in Lincoln.

On the road last year, NU was 3-1 in conference series openers, with the only loss coming at Ohio State. Nebraska went on to win the series with the Buckeyes.

The Nebraska baseball team is two wins away from notching the 2,000th win in program history. Dating back to the team's first season in 1889 when the team went 1-2, the Huskers entered the season ranked 45th all-time in the NCAA record books in wins.

Entering 2013, only 44 programs in NCAA history had won more than 2,000 games, while only two programs had posted 3,000 or more wins. Fordham entered the season ranked first all-time with 4,320 wins and Texas was second with 3,276 wins.

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