K-State Kicks Off Fall World Series Tuesday

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior first baseman Jake Scudder went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs for Team Lemke as the Kansas State baseball team began a three-game, intra-squad Fall World Series Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium. Team Lemke defeated Team Crimmins, 14-2, in a shortened five-inning game.

Scudder, who led the Wildcats with a .333 average last season, hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning followed by a two-RBI triple in the second as Team Lemke jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first two innings. The Rock Island, Illinois, native finished with 10 total bases and three runs scored and was a double short of the cycle.

“We swung the bats well,” said head coach Brad Hill. “Obviously, Scudder looked sharp but a lot of guys put good swings on balls. We are a long way from where we need to be but there were a lot of positive things out there today.”

Redshirt senior Quintin Crandall opened the scoring for Team Lemke in the first with a double to left-center that scored freshman infielder Cameron Thompson. Crandall went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base. Thompson, batting leadoff, scored three times and tallied a pair of singles.

In a matchup of freshman right-handers, Lemke starter Tyler McKay pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits. Crimmins starter Kasey Ford lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered seven earned runs on eight base hits and struck out three.

Team Crimmins issued seven walks between three pitchers in the five-inning game.

“There are areas we need to improve, definitely,” added Hill. “It’s always a work in progress, regardless of the team or time of year. You just want to get better each day, that’s the great thing about baseball.”

Junior outfielder Hanz Harker reached base four times for Team Lemke with a double, triple and drew a pair of walks. Sophomore infielder Grant Reuben had a pair of hits along with an RBI for Lemke.

Team Lemke scored in each of the five innings and was able to plate at least three runs in four innings, finishing the day with 14 base hits.

For Team Crimmins, junior infielder Trent McMaster had a pair of hits in three at-bats and drove in one of his team’s runs. Redshirt sophomore Matt Nerz’s double was Team Crimmins’ only extra-base hit, as the catcher finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Senior third baseman Josh Either drove in a run and scored for Team Crimmins, who registered six base hits on the afternoon.

The trio of seven-inning contests at Tointon Family Stadium will continue Thursday at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 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. 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.