Baseball drops final home series to No. 20 West Virginia

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The K-State Wildcats faced off against the Wichita State Shockers on May 1, winning the single game series 7-2. (Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State baseball hosted No. 20 West Virginia in the final home series of the regular season over the weekend. The Wildcats took game two of the series before losing the rubber game on Sunday.

The Wildcats were shut out as the Mountaineers took game one 6-0 on Friday night. K-State bats went cold as West Virginia starter Alek Manoah struck out 13 and only allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings of work. West Virginia pitchers struck out 15 Wildcats which was a season-high for K-State. Wildcat starter junior Caleb Littlejim pitched 6.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits with two strikeouts.

K-State took game two on Senior Day 8-6. The Wildcats notched five runs in the first inning that included a three-run home run by sophomore infielder Terrence Spurlin, an RBI triple by Littlejim and a sacrifice fly by sophomore right-fielder Jordan Maxson. Spurlin homered a second time in the third inning, and junior catcher Chris Ceballos notched a two-run home run in the fifth.

The Mountaineers kept the game competitive and homered twice. Junior pitcher Will Brennan earned his third save of the season striking out two in one inning of work. Freshman pitcher Eric Torres earned the win in relief, going 2.2 innings, and K-State pitchers struck out eight in the win.

West Virginia took the series win on Sunday in a 7-4 win. The Wildcats held a 4-3 lead before a four-run top of the eighth by the Mountaineers to secure a series win. West Virginia recorded 15 hits in the comeback win. K-State starter freshman Jordan Wicks went seven innings and allowed three runs on ten hits.

K-State sits eighth in the conference and only two games above Texas going into the final week of the Big 12 regular season. The Wildcats will cap off the regular season against Kansas on the road next weekend.

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