K-State Baseball Wraps Up Fall World Series

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State baseball team concluded its annual Fall World Series Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium. The three-game intra-squad series marked the end of fall practices as the team prepares for the 2017 season that will get underway Feb. 17 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Junior outfielder Kyle Barfield picked up four base hits in six at-bats, hit a home run, drove in three and scored three time to help Team Purple to a 7-3, seven-inning victory over Team Black. Barfield was a triple short of the cycle and stole a base.

Purple used a four-run fifth inning to open up a 6-0 lead as all three of Black’s runs came in the bottom half of the seventh inning.

“Overall, I was mostly pleased with the series but we still have some work to do,” said 14-year head coach Brad Hill. “Today was somewhat more competitive than the first two games of the series, it was good to see the guys compete the way they did.”

Starting pitcher Bryce Ward pitched five shutout innings, allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out three for Purple.

“Bryce [Ward] pitched really, really well today, I was happy with his performance,” Hill added. “Barfield had a heck of a day, too. [Jake] Scudder and [Cameron] Thompson were sharp all series.”

Freshman infielder Cameron Thompson got two hits, including the only extra-base hit (double), and scored a run for Black. Thompson recorded a hit in each of the three games in the series.

Along with Thompson, senior first baseman Jake Scudder was the only other Wildcat to tally a base hit in each of the three games. Scudder led all players with seven base hits, two home runs and 11 RBI in the series.

Redshirt sophomore catcher Matt Nerz had a pair of RBI and scored a run while junior infielder Trent McMaster singled, scored a run and drew two walks for Purple.

Batting leadoff for Black, senior infielder Jake Wodtke singled and scored and picked up a RBI.

“Individual work will start this week with a focus on each player’s most-needed area of work,” said Hill. “Some guys need mechanical fixes while others need to add strength, speed or flexibility. This is a very important time for our players to put in the commitment and work towards their biggest areas of need.”

Kansas State opens its home schedule on Friday, March 3 as it hosts Eastern Illinois for a three-game series and will begin a stretch of 14 consecutive home games in the month of March. K-State released its entire spring schedule last week and season tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 7.

To purchase season tickets, fans can visit www.k-statesports.com/tickets, call 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or stop by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum.