Muenster Propels Black Squad to Victory

MANHATTAN, Kan. Adam Muenster hit a solo home run and made a game-saving catch to help the Black squad top the Purple in the first game of the K-State Fall World Series, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

Muenster opened the scoring for both teams with his drive to left center off of Purple starter Justin Murray in the second, but it was his diving catch in the bottom of the seventh that saved the game. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Purple hitter Matt Lowry lined a ball into shallow left-centerfield where a fully-extended Muenster made the catch and threw to second in time to catch Jordan Cruz off the base for the final out.

Black squad reliever A.J. Morris earned the win after throwing 2.1 scoreless innings and Trevor Hurley earned the save by getting Lowry to lineout to Muenster in left.

Despite surrendering the solo home run in the second, Murray was sharp as the Purple starter. Murray scattered three hits over four innings and fanned six batters. He was pulled before the fifth inning with the Purple team leading, 3-1, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Purple reliever Thomas Rooke gave up a leadoff single in the fifth but was one out away from getting out of the inning after a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Ruch and a groundout to third by Brett Scott. Rooke lost Drew Biery on a 3-2 pitch that missed the zone and Justin Bloxom followed with a double to the warning track in centerfield to score Chris Reese and Biery and tie the game. Rooke got Black squad third baseman Jason King to pop up to short to end the inning.

The Black squad pulled ahead in the top of the seventh when King grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and pushed across Ruch.

The Purple team threatened in the bottom half of the seventh, getting two hits off of Morris, but Hurley and Muenster squashed the rally.

Purple’s Dane Yelovich led all hitters, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, and was joined by Lowry, 2-for-4 and a run scored, as Wildcats with multiple hits.

The Wildcats continue the K-State Fall World series with the Purple and Black squads squaring off at 4 p.m. on Monday and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Wednesday’s contest is Trick or Treat at Tointon Family Stadium and a limited supply of free candy will be given out to fans in attendance. The entire K-State Fall World Series schedule is free to the public.