Purple Holds on for First Win of Series, 8-6

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Purple squad jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on with good pitching down the stretch from relievers Justin Lindsey and Scott Bachman to take game four of the 2007 K-State Fall World Series, 8-6, Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. The win was Purple’s first of the series, as the Black squad still leads the series 3-1.

Lindsey (1-0) relieved Purple starter Connor Beer who gave up four runs in the second inning to allow just two runs on three hits in two innings pitched. Bachman recorded his first save of the series by pitching effectively over the final three innings, retiring all nine batters he faced, including two strikeouts. Black squad starter Scott Cure (0-1) couldn’t make it out of the second inning, giving up five runs and walking four in just 1.1 innings pitched.

Down 3-0 in the series, the Purple squad came out swinging as they pushed across seven runs in the first two innings. Included in the scoring barrage was a two-RBI single by freshman Carter Jurica and a RBI double by sophomore Matt Lowry in the first. In the second, Cure walked Dane Yelovich and Jordan Cruz in consecutive at bats and was pulled for Mike Pierce. Yelovich stole third and scored on a wild pitch by Pierce, followed by back-to-back singles by Byron Wiley, which scored Cruz, and Nate Tenbrink, which scored Wiley. Tenbrink was driven home on a single by catcher Cameron Welch.

Black plated four runs of their own in the bottom half of the second to pull within three at 7-4. Just as he did to end the game Tuesday night, Justin Bloxom crushed a ball over the right-field wall to score Black’s first run to lead off the second. Freshman Jason King followed with a single up the middle and scored when Adam Muenster hit a double to left field. Muenster was the third run of the inning for the Black squad when he moved to third on J.J. Muse’s single to right and scored on a passed ball by Purple’s catcher Cameron Welch. Muse moved to second on the passed ball and scored on Tyler Ruch’s single to right to make the score 7-4.

Black reliever Todd Vogel came in to shut down Purple in the top of the third and the Black squad scored another run in the bottom half of the inning off of Lindsey. Lindsey started the inning by hitting the first two batters he faced and Muenster produced his second RBI with a single to centerfield which scored Bloxom to make it 7-5.

Purple got one of those runs back in the fourth when Lowry led off with a single to right and advanced to second on an error by right fielder J.J. Muse. Lowry then advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Bunker.

The Black squad looked primed to have a big fourth inning as they started the frame with back-to-back singles by Chris Reese and Ruch. Reese moved from first to third on Ruch’s single through the right side and then scored on a Drew Biery sacrifice fly to left. But Bloxom ended the inning on the next at bat with a fly out to right and the Black squad were shut down by Bachman in the final three innings.

Lowry led Purple with two hits, while Jurica drove in two Purple runs. Both Cruz and Tenbrink scored twice to lead the Purple’s in that department. Ruch and Muenster led the Black squad as both recorded two hits.

The fifth and final game of the 2007 K-State Fall World Series is set for Friday at 4 p.m. The game is open to the public and admission is free.