Baseball concludes fall slate with Fall World Series

Then-junior right-handed pitcher Kasey Ford attempts to snag an out from TCU on first-base. The K-State Wildcat Baseball team faced off against the Horned Frogs at Tointon Family Stadium falling 8-1 on April 19, 2019. (File Photo by Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

Wrapping up its fall schedule, the baseball team hosted the annual Fall World Series with three intrasquad games.

Team Grey took the 5-4 victory on Friday afternoon behind senior pitcher Kasey Ford in his three innings of work where he struck out three batters.

Junior infielder Terrence Spurlin hit an early home run for a 2-0 lead for Team Grey. Also in the first inning, Grey picked up three hits with eight batters coming to the plate. Ford started the game with a 3-0 lead.

Senior right hander Brett Lockwood threw two scoreless innings and combined with junior Zak Herbers to retire 10 of the last 11 hitters for Team Purple without allowing a hit.

A two-run double in the bottom of the third from senior catcher Chris Ceballos cut the lead to two and an RBI double from freshman infielder Elijah Jackson cut it to one.

Game two of the series went to Team Grey 6-3.

Team Grey scored four of its runs on the day with two outs. Junior outfielder Jeff Boggess contributed a two-run triple in the first inning. This was followed by junior Kamron Willman’s homer that helped break a 2-2 tie with a three-run third inning.

Sophomore pitcher Griffin Hassall recorded four innings with a strikeout while allowing two earned runs. Sophomore Jordan Wicks struck out one with allowed runs on two hits in two innings of relief.

Senior infielder Caleb Littlejim hit a ball to the left-field wall and scored for an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning for Team Purple.

Junior outfielder Zach Hogueisson doubled and scored on an RBI single from junior catcher Jordan Maxson. Maxson led Team Purple with two hits with a run scored and an RBI.

Team Purple won the final game of the series 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore outfielder Dylan Phillips and Ceballos homered in the win and Ceballos went 3-4 with two runs scored.

The homer from Ceballos was part of a five run fourth inning where five consecutive batters got on base.

Freshman right-hander Nico Rodriguez started for Team Purple and retired three in his four innings.

The 2020 season and second under the helm of head coach Pete Hughes will begin on Feb. 14 at UTRGV with a four game series.

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