K-State baseball team shutout by Indiana University

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The Kansas State University Wildcats baseball team play against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 22, 2017. The Wildcats went on to win the game with a final score of 8-4. (Justin Wright | The Collegian)

The Kansas State baseball team was held to just two hits in their 5-0 loss to No. 17 Indiana University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday.

Gabe Littlejim, junior pitcher, started things right with a 1-2-3 first inning. A one-out walk represented the Wildcat’s lone runner in the first.

Littlejim left the game after the fifth inning after giving up seven hits and five runs. He recorded four strikeouts.

Indiana found a run in the form of an RBI single from freshman designated hitter Elijah Dunham in the second.

The majority of the damage came in a disastrous fourth inning in which the Hoosiers put four runs.

First, Logan Sowers, senior outfielder, deposited the opening pitch of the inning over the right field fence. Littlejim hit the next batter, junior catcher Ryan Fineman, with a pitch.

A double by Dunham sent Fineman to third. Fineman scored on an RBI single by sophomore left fielder Matt Gorski. Junior second baseman Cade Bunnell grounded out, but scored Dunham in the process. A sacrifice fly by sophomore shortstop Jeremy Houston brought in the final run of the game, scoring Gorski.

Littlejim finally got out of the inning with a seven-pitch strikeout of junior centerfielder Logan Kaletha.

Houston’s sacrifice fly proved to be the final run of the matchup.

K-State was held hitless until senior third baseman Jake Biller ripped a single into center field. That hit, combined with sophomore shortstop Cameron Thompson reaching on a fielder’s choice, represented the only scoring threat K-State had for the afternoon.

That threat ended when centerfielder Drew Mount flew out to centerfield. K-State’s only other hit came on a single into center by sophomore left fielder Will Brennan.

Gabe Littlejim’s brother, sophomore righty Caleb Littlejim, recorded two strikeouts in two innings of relief. He gave up one hit.

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