Kansas State at Nebraska
Haymarket Park in Lincoln
Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM
6:35 p.m. Tuesday: TBA vs. RH Caleb Littlejim (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
Scouting Nebraska: It will be a “staff” day for the Huskers (20-10) against the Wildcats. The Nebraska bullpen is coming off a weekend at Penn State when it logged eight scoreless frames while allowing three hits and no walks and striking out five. NU’s normal midweek starter, freshman Kyle Perry, will likely throw Wednesday against UNO after the lefty twirled seven shutout innings against K-State on April 2. … The Huskers are celebrating a weekend sweep despite going 4 for 32 (.125) with runners in scoring position. But they committed just two errors in the series and have risen to 132nd nationally in fielding percentage (.968) on the season.
Scouting Kansas State: A series win at No. 14 Texas last weekend gives KSU (16-21) some momentum entering the midweek tilt. But middling statistics support its record, which has hovered around .500 all spring: scoring (4.7 runs per game, 249th), earned-run average (5.47, 199th) and fielding percentage (.968, 128th). … Littlejim is also an infielder when he doesn’t pitch. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has struck out 14 and walked nine in 18⅓ innings this season, including one start. … Zach Kokoska (.333 average, five homers), Will Brennan (.297, eight steals) and Chris Ceballos (.279, five homers, 25 RBIs) are the team’s biggest offensive threats.
Dugout chatter: Nebraska won the first meeting of former Big 12 rivals this year when freshmen Perry, Bo Blessie and Tyler Martin combined on a four-hit shutout in Manhattan. … Nebraska, which holds a 1½-game lead over Indiana for first place in the Big Ten, holds an RPI of 37. Kansas State checks in at 86. … The Huskers have a quick turnaround with a trip to Werner Park against UNO on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.