November 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
K-State baseball kicked off its Fall World Series yesterday afternoon with an intra-squad game at Tointon Family Stadium.
In the first game of the three-game series, the K-State Black team came out victorious with a 6-4 win over the K-State White team.
"It's fun for the coaching staff because really, we let them play," head coach Brad Hill said about the Fall World Series. "We get to sit back, watch and evaluate, so from my standpoint, you don't interject every time something happens. You get to watch and see how they respond to things. It was really competitive today and I thought our guys did a great job there at the end."
The K-State Black team was led in hitting by redshirt junior right fielder Mitch Meyer who had four RBI on two hits. Meyer also shined defensively with a fifth inning diving catch keeping the White team's freshman center fielder Max Brown from gaining a possible triple.
The White team's hitting was led by senior catcher Blair DeBord who recorded three hits, one RBI and one run scored.
Jared Moore opened the game pitching for the Black team and threw five innings. He had four strikeouts and one walk while allowing two hits and one run. K-State baseball's younger pitchers were able to gain experience in the Fall World Series as freshman Jake Fromson relieved Moore for the Black team, and after sophomore Levi MaVorhis' five innings, sophomore Landon Busch, junior transfer Jake Whaley and freshman Ethan Landon took turns on the mound for the White team.
"I like what they've been doing and how they've been competing. We have some young arms right now that need to learn how to finish some games off," Hill said.
The Fall World Series is a fun way to cap off the Wildcats' fall camp, which began at the end of September and will come to an end on Nov. 12.
The 2014 baseball team is led by senior Ross Kivett, 2013 All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year and All-Big 12 infielders Shane Conlon and Austin Fisher. Along with two redshirt freshmen, thirteen newcomers have joined the Wildcat roster.
"It's awesome to get back. The fall is kind of monotonous at times when you're doing the same thing every day most of the week," Kivett said. "So it's nice to compete. Even though it's the same guys on your team, there's a little more at stake. The World Series is always fun. We get a couple more people than just mom and pop in the stands, so it's great."
The games continue on Thursday, Nov 7 at 5 p.m. while the final game of the series is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with the stadium's gates opening an hour before each game's first pitch.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONS
The 2013 K-State Baseball team made a special appearance at K-State football's game against Iowa State on Saturday afternoon. The reigning Big 12 Champions received their championship rings and had the opportunity to show them off to the crowd of 50,000 plus Wildcat fans.
"That was so fun. We've been waiting since August for those rings, and I don't think anyone took them off this weekend - people were wearing them in the locker room," Kivett laughed. "It just pays dividends to the team last year and how special that team was and to be acknowledged during a K-State football win."
Season tickets for the 2013 defending Big 12 champion's 2014 campaign go on sale today. Click here for more info on the season tickets and the upcoming season opening in February 2014.
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