The Kansas State baseball team played in the Fall World Series over the weekend.
The Fall World Series is essentially a three-game scrimmage as the Wildcats split into two teams: purple and gray.
Team Purple swept all three games of the series.
Team Purple shut out Team Gray 5-0 on Thursday afternoon in game one.
Junior Caleb Littlejim starting as pitcher for Team Purple and struck out five batters in three and two-thirds innings. Junior reliever Luke Hauswirth had four strikeouts in two innings.
Freshman first baseman Dylan Phillips collected three RBIs in the contest for Team Purple.
Senior Thomas Hughes struck out three hitters in the final inning for Team Gray.
Game two was a pitcher’s duel, as Team Purple won in 11 innings by a score of 2-1 on Friday night.
Phillips scored off a wild pitch to give Team Purple a walk-off victory.
Both starting pitchers performed well. Sophomore Carson Seymour hurled four and one-third innings for Team Gray, recording four strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Jordan Wicks started for Team Purple and went five innings with three strikeouts.
Team Purple reliever junior Tyler Eckberg and sophomore Alex Belch each had four strikeouts in their innings of work.
Both teams were held to four hits through 11 innings.
ALS Halloween Game
The K-State baseball team took a break in the Fall World Series to play the inaugural ALS Awareness Halloween Game on Saturday night to help raise money for ALS research. The team held an interactive scrimmage in front of fans and children in Halloween costumes. This game is part of head coach Pete Hughes’s 19 Ways campaign to help the community in a positive way.
Team Purple completed the sweep with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Junior Will Brennan struck out three in his two innings of work for Team Purple. He also had two hits at the plate and scored one run.
Sophomore Gavin Hinchliffe struck out two to record the save for Team Purple.
Team Gray junior starting pitcher Kasey Ford struck out two in four innings. Team Purple held Team Gray to just two hits in the afternoon to get the win.
The entire team participated in “Shave for the Brave” after the game, in which players shaved their heads to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
K-State will begin the 2019 regular season with a four-game series against California State University, Northridge on Feb. 15-18. The Wildcats will play their home opener in March.