K-State Concludes Thrilling Five-Game Fall World Series

Senior Mike Kindel led all players with a .474 average and 10 RBI

Nov. 10, 2011

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- The Kansas State baseball team wrapped up a productive fall with an exciting five-game Fall World Series that concluded on Wednesday in which the Purple and White squad won, 3-2.

The series was a back-and-forth battle between the Grey and Black team and the Purple and White squad as the two sides split the first four contests before the decisive fifth game. Four of the five games were decided by one or two runs, while the first two were won with walk-off hits, including an extra-inning affair in game one.

Junior Tanner Witt, who played on the Grey and Black squad, led all players by hitting .474 (9-for-19) with two doubles and four RBI. Right behind him was teammate Mike Kindel, who went 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles, one triple and 10 RBI. Sophomore Ross Kivett also had 10 RBI for the Grey and Black team.

Seniors Wade Hinkle and Matt Giller led the Purple and White team by hitting .375 (6-for-16) and .357 (5-for-14), respectively. Hinkle drove in three runs, while Giller had two doubles and two RBI.

Purple and White was able to come away with the series win due to strong starting pitching. Sophomore left-hander Jared Moore started two games and earned a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA as he allowed three earned runs on 11 hits in nine total innings. Senior right-hander Kayvon Bahramzadeh struggled in his first outing, but bounced backed in the final game as he tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout.

Game one saw Grey and Black take a 2-1 lead after one inning before Purple and White tied the game with a run in the fifth. Neither team could push across a run in the sixth or seventh frames as the game went into extras. In the eighth, Hinkle drove in a run for Purple and White with a single up the middle, but a fielder's choice off the bat of senior Jake Brown tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. Purple and White went scoreless in the top of the ninth, and senior catcher Dan Klein hit a two-out RBI single to win the game for Grey and Black, 4-3.

Grey and Black looked as though it would take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series the next day as it led 8-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh. That's when Purple and White saw its first eight batters reach base, including RBI hits by Giller, junior Brett Kauten, freshman Austin Fisher, sophomore Jared King and a bases-loaded walk by freshman Dusty Maas. Following a foul out, sophomore Blair DeBord roped a bases-loaded, game-winning single into left field to tie the series at a game apiece with the 9-8 victory.

Suffering from the heartbreaking loss, the Grey and Black squad came back with a vengeance to earn a 17-0 victory in game three. The squad scored multiple runs in three innings, including a series-high nine runs in the sixth. Kindel recorded seven of his series' 10 RBI in the contest as he went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles, a two-run single and a bases-clearing triple. Witt also went 4-for-5 in the contest. Two Grey and Black pitchers - senior Matt Applegate and freshman Robert Youngdahl - combined to shut out Purple and White, allowing three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Purple and White was able to extend the series by holding off a late Grey and Black rally in game four. The team scored all 11 of its runs in the first three innings due to the hitting of King, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Kauten, who was 2-for-4 with four runs driven in. After scoring a single run in the first inning, Grey and Black scored eight runs over the fourth and fifth frames to get within two at 11-9. The rally included four RBI by Kivett, including a three-run homer in the fifth. Four of the eight runs came off freshman pitcher Caleb Wallingford, but junior Jake Doller was able to come out of the bullpen to surrender just one run on two hits in 2.1 innings to pick up the save as Purple and White set up a fifth game.

The series finale was dominated by veteran starting pitching. Applegate and Bahramzadeh each tossed a seven-inning complete game, but the lone run was scored off Applegate in the second inning when DeBord led off with a double and scored from third on a RBI ground out by sophomore Jordan Stewart. Applegate faced just three over the minimum in the next four innings, but Bahramzadeh was nearly flawless in the win. The right-hander did not allow a runner past second base in his seven innings of work and tallied three strikeouts as he led Purple and White a 1-0 victory and a series win.

Kansas State opens the 2012 baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 18, with a three-game series at Cal State Bakersfield. The 30-game home schedule begins on Friday, March 4, as the Wildcats host Pacific.

Season tickets are on sale through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at three affordable prices. The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets. Fans can also call 1-800-221-CATS or visit the office inside Bramlage Coliseum.