MANHATTAN, Kan. – Brett Scott produced a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth and pitcher Trevor Hurley pitched two innings of shutout ball to lift the Black squad to a 2-0 lead in the 2007 K-State Fall World Series, taking Monday’s game 6-5 in eight innings at Tointon Stadium.
Freshman Chris Reese led off the top of the eighth with a single to right and then stole second to get into scoring position with no outs. Reese moved to third on a Tyler Ruch groundout to first. It was then Scott who lifted a pitch into right field to bring in the go-ahead and eventual winning run for the Black squad.
However, it wasn’t easy sailing for Hurley (1-0), who worked around a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to get the win, one day after collecting the save in the first game of the series. Jordan Cruz led off the inning with a groundout, but Hurley then hit Cameron Welch, gave up a single to Dane Yelovich and Derek Bunker followed with a soft single to the right side of the infield to load the bases for Byron Wiley. Wiley hit a sharp ground ball to first baseman Justin Bloxom, who moved to his right to get in front of the potential game-winning hit, bobbled the ball, then gathered himself and beat Wiley to the bag on a full-out dive to record the final out.
Senior Daniel Edwards (0-1) took the loss despite giving up just one hit and striking out three batters in 2.0 innings, but gave up the winning sacrifice fly to Scott.
The Purple squad came into this afternoon’s game needing a win to even the series and jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first frame, plating all three runs with two outs. Yelovich started the inning by doubling down the right line. He advanced to third on a groundout by Bunker and then scored when Black’s catcher Shaun Deisler dropped a third strike and threw to first to record the out. Nate Tenbrink then blasted a double off the left-center wall and scored on Carter Jurica’s single to right. Jurica then stole second and Cruz drove him in with a single through the left side.
Following a scoreless second inning, the Black squad evened things up in the top of the third as they got back-to-back singles from Jason King and Adam Muenster. Deisler then singled to right to bring in King and Muenster scored on a fielder’s choice by J.J. Muse.
Purple reclaimed its two-run lead in the bottom of the inning as Wiley was hit with one out and then stole second. Wiley advanced to third when Jurica hit a grounder to King at third, who attempted to tag Wiley, but then threw errantly to first and Jurica was save on the error. Jurica stole second and Cruz followed by blasting a two-RBI single to score both Wiley and Jurica.
Black tied things up again in the top of the fourth as doubles by Ruch and Reese opened up the inning and produced a run. A sacrifice bunt by Scott moved Ruch to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Biery.
Cruz led the Purple squad by going 3-for-4 and driving in three of the team’s five runs. Biery, Bloxom and Reese led the Black squad as each collected three hits. Ruch, Purple’s centerfielder, made the defensive play of the day to preserve a tie in the sixth as he made an outstanding throw from centerfield to gun down Cruz at the plate who tried to score from second.
Black starting pitcher Lance Hoge gave up five runs – but only three of them were earned – and struck out five batters in five innings of work. Chase Bayuk, the starter for Purple, also gave up five runs in four innings pitched.
The Wildcats continue the 2007 K-State Fall World Series on Tuesday at 4 p.m., a change from the original schedule. Wednesday’s contest is still set for 6:30 p.m. after a limited supply of free candy that will be handed out at 6 p.m. to celebrate Halloween. The fifth and final game of the series is set for Friday at 4 p.m. The entire K-State Fall World Series schedule is free to the public.