Feb. 25, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. – Sophomore Byron Wiley (Tomball, Texas/Tomball) went 3- for-5 with two home runs to lead Kansas State University to a 11-4 win over James Madison University in the finale of the Buckeye Classic on Sunday at the New York Yankees Player Development Complex.
Kansas State went 4-0 to win the classic and improved to 7-1 overall. JMU dropped to 1-3 overall in 2007.
KSU starter Justin Murray (Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan) allowed one run in each of the first three innings but settled down to get the win. The sophomore pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out seven.
Justin Wood (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby), a sophomore, started and took the loss for JMU. He was limited to three innings after a ball went off his pitching hand and allowed five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Wiley homered to lead off the third and crushed a two-run blast in the eighth for the Wildcats. Sophomore Jordan Cruz (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson) and freshman Adam Muenster (Omaha, Neb./Millard North) each went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs for KSU. Muenster added a triple. Freshman Justin Bloxom (Phoenix, Ariz./Goldwater) tripled, singled, and drove in a run while senior Eli Rumler (Little River, Kan./Maize) doubled twice and scored twice. Sophomore Drew Biery (Arlington, Texas/Lamar) drove in three runs without recording a hit, including two sacrifice flies.
Junior Kellen Kulbacki (Palmyra, Pa./Hershey) went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs for the Dukes. For the four-game tournament, he went 10-for-16 with three home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs, and 21 total bases for a 1.313 slugging percentage. Freshman Matt Browning (Mystic, Conn./Fitch) went 2-for-2 in his first collegiate game and drove in the other two runs for the Dukes. Senior Rob Altieri (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and sophomore Lee Bujakowski (Hopewell, Va./Hopewell) also had two hits for JMU.
JMU will return to the field on Tuesday, weather permitting, to host the University of Maryland at 2:30 p.m.