Cats Continue Fall World Series Thursday

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior first baseman Jake Scudder hit his second home run in as many games, leading Team Lemke to its second win of the Kansas State baseball team’s three-game, intra-squad Fall World Series Thursday at Tointon Family Stadium. Team Lemke (Purple) defeated Team Crimmins (Black), 11-0, in a shortened five-inning game.

Scudder hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and drove in four, giving him 11 RBI in the two games for Team Lemke, who scored all 11 runs in the first two innings.

Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Heskett tossed four innings of shutout ball, struck out a pair and allowed only one hit and one walk while freshman right-hander Jared Marlof completed the shutout with a perfect fifth inning.

“Scudder and the bats stayed hot,” said head coach Brad Hill. “It’s too bad the season doesn’t start until February but we are excited about what the offense can do this season. A lot of guys are swinging the bat well and we hope they just keep getting better.”

Freshman Tyler Eckberg recorded the only other extra-base hit, a double, for Team Lemke with a pair of RBI. Junior outfielder Hanz Harker drew three walks, giving him five free passes in the two games.

Team Crimmins pitchers combined to allow five walks and eight base hits while junior outfielder Kyle Barfield had the only base hit for the side.

“In a scrimmage, it’s kind of a double-edged sword,” Hill added. “When one side is good, it means the other side has things to work on. I’m a little disappointed that the series isn’t more competitive but this is a great chance to see where our guys are at.”

The three-game set of seven-inning contests concludes Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. All three games will feature free admission with gates opening one hour before first pitch.

The contests provide an opportunity for fans to preview the Wildcats as they move towards their season beginning in February with the home opener on Friday, March 3. The team has been taking part in their official fall practices since September.

K-State, led by 14th-year head coach Brad Hill, returns 15 letterwinners from last year’s team that reached the Big 12 Baseball Championship for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Key returners include All-Big 12 selections infielder Jake Scudder and catcher Josh Rolette. Scudder was named 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and is part of the Wildcats’ nine-man senior class.