K-State Concludes Fall World Series

Matt Applegate

Oct. 25, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State baseball team finished off one of its most productive fall seasons last week with the conclusion of the Fall World Series at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Grey squad took the first two games by scores of 9-6 and 8-7, but the Purple team came back to avoid the sweep and take game three, 6-1.

Junior-college transfer Wade Hinkle led all players offensively, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two RBI. Senior Kent Urban was 8-for-17 (.471) with a triple and three runs driven in, while freshmen Jared King (.429), the younger brother of third baseman Jason King, and Luke White (.400) rounded out the Wildcats that hit over .400 in the three-game set.

On the mound, junior-college transfer Levi Schlick, a left-handed pitcher from Barton County Community College, was dominate in game three, allowing an unearned run on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. Matt Applegate was also solid in a start, giving up one earned run on seven hits with six strikeouts in five innings.

Sophomore relievers Tyler Sturges and Jake Doller combined to go 2-0 and give the Grey squad 7.2 innings, surrendering just an unearned run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

In game one on Tuesday, the Purple team took a 6-3 lead into the eighth inning behind a two-RBI triple by Tanner Witt and an RBI single from Urban in the seventh inning. But the Grey team fought back to tie the game in the eighth on an error and two-straight RBI ground outs before scoring three more in the ninth, thanks in part to Mike Kindel’s two-run double, to win game one.

Thursday’s game two saw more of the same as the Purple team jumped out in front 4-0 after two innings and 6-1 after the top of the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, the Grey team got to within a run after a bases-clearing double from Jared King and an RBI double from Jake Brown.

The two teams traded runs in the sixth before an infield single from freshman Shane Conlon in the seventh tied the game at seven. Sturges and freshman Blake Freeman then shut down the opposition over the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. In the 11th, Sturges worked around a two-out single to send the Grey bats back to the plate. Following a strikeout, a walk and a single, White came to the plate and laced a 2-1 pitch down the right-field line to give the Grey team a walk-off win.

Keeping pace with the first two games, the Purple squad scored the first five runs in game three on Friday and led 5-1 through six, due in part to back-to-back RBI singles from Hinkle in the fifth and sixth, as well as a run-scoring double by Blair DeBord in the fifth. The difference in the contest was Schlick, who continually worked around leadoff base runners and only allowed one player on the Grey team to move past second base.

With the completion of the Fall World Series, K-State will now go through its winter strength and conditioning program before the first day of spring practice on January 30. The 2011 season will begin on Friday, February 18, with a three-game series at Pacific. The entire 2011 schedule will be announced at a later time.