Loudabarger Helps K-State Earn Come-From-Behind Win Over UCLA, 8-5.
April 20, 2001
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior second baseman J.D. Loudabarger broke a 5-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a one-out, run-scoring single to left field, as Kansas State came from behind to defeat UCLA, 8-5, on Friday afternoon at Frank Myers Field.
With the win, Kansas State moved to 18-21 overall, while UCLA fellto 25-14 on the season. The Wildcats have now won two in a row and six oftheir last seven contests. The team has won seven of its last nine gamessince breaking a five-game losing streak on April 7.
UCLA opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, asoutfielder John Campanella tagged a double to left-center field with oneout then scored on a double to right-center field on the next at-bat byBrian Baron. Kansas State tied it in the bottom of the inning, as juniorshortstop Osmar Castillo scored from third base on a passed ball by Bruincatcher Casey Grzecka. The Bruins took the lead again in the second inningwith a solo shot by shortstop Preston Griffin then expanded it to 3-1 on asolo home run by outfielder Ben Francisco.
Kansas State took the lead for the first time in the bottom of thethird inning, as the Wildcats scored three runs on just one hit and oneBruin error. UCLA then tied it for third time in the game with arun-scoring single by John Campanella in the fourth inning then took thelead again with the third solo home run of the game by a Bruin hitter inthe fifth inning, this time by first baseman Eric Reece. The Wildcat tiedit again in the bottom of the sixth inning at 5-all on a sacrifice fly byfreshman Ty Soto.
With the score still tied at 5-all in the bottom of the seventh,Kansas State got a walk and a fielder's choice and an error by the secondbaseman to lead off the inning then moved both runners up and into scoringposition on a sacrifice bunt by Osmar Castillo. Loudabarger fired hissingle to left field that scored what turned out to be the winning run.After a pitching change, catcher Josh Cavender doubled to right-centerfield to give Kansas State a couple of insurance runs and the final 8-5score.
Senior Josh Cavender tallied a team-best three RBIs and a runscored on a 1-for-4 afternoon to lead Kansas State offensively, whilesenior J.D. Loudabarger posted a 2-for-2 afternoon with a RBI and runscored to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. Juniorshortstop Osmar Castillo and junior outfielder Nick Sorensen each postedtwo runs scored. Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Pat Maloney extendedhis team-tying hitting streak to 11 games with his 1-for-2 afternoon.
Shortstop Preston Griffin posted a 2-for-3 afternoon with a histhird home run of the season to lead the UCLA offensively, while outfielderJohn Campanella added a 2-for-4 performance with a RBI and a run scored.First baseman Eric Reese recorded his seventh home run of the season with asolo shot in fifth, while outfielder Ben Francisco posted his third withsolo effort in third inning.
Senior left-handed pitcher Scott Tallman (1-1) earned his win ofthe season, as he allowed no runs on just two hits with a season-best fourstrikeouts in the final three innings of relief of starting pitcher LukeRobertson. Robertson picked up his first no-decision of the season, as heallowed five runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk in sixinnings of work.
Junior right-handed pitcher Josh Karp (4-1) picked up his firstloss of the season, as he allowed three earned runs (eight overall) on fivehits with six strikeouts and three walks in 6-1/3 innings.
Kansas State continues the three-game series with UCLA on Saturdaywith first pitch set for 4 p.m. CST at Frank Myers Field.