K-State baseball beats Shockers at home

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K-State junior right-handed pitcher Caleb Littlejim smacks a line drive, making it on base for the Wildcats. The Wildcats played the Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday, winning at home 7-2. (Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team used a seventh inning grand slam by junior centerfielder Will Brennan to pick up a midweek win 7-2 over the Wichita State Shockers Wednesday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats are now 22-24 while the Shockers fall to 20-24.

Wichita State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but it was the Wildcats who scored the next seven runs to win the second game of the season series.

K-State cut the 2-0 deficit when junior second baseman Caleb Littlejim hit a single to score one run in the fourth inning followed by a sophomore right fielder Zach Kokoska single in the fifth. K-State knotted the game at two.

The difference in the game was a grand slam by Brennan to give the Wildcats a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning.

The Wildcats mounted on one more run in the eighth off another Littlejim RBI as K-State beat the Shockers.

The pitching was solid in the win as Wichita State was held down by sophomore Jaxon Passino who threw 4.2 innings with no earned runs. He only gave up one hit and one walk while throwing five strikeouts.

Senior Mitch Zubradt pitched the final inning for K-State allowing one hit and throwing two strikeouts.

Brennan finished the game with four RBIs for the Wildcats while Littlejim had two hits and Kokoska had one hit and one RBI.

K-State pitching threw for 10 strikeouts in the winning effort as the Shockers left eight guys on base.

Both teams played a clean defense with only one error total in the whole game.

The Wildcats will gear up to play a weekend series against the Baylor Bears.

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