UCLA Baseball Stumbles Versus Kansas State, 13-12 and 11-7

April 22, 2001


Kansas State got a two-out, bases-clearing double fromshortstop Osmar Castillo in the bottom of the ninth inning in the firstgame and a one-out, base-clearing double from second baseman J.D.Loudabarger in game two, as the Wildcats completed the three-game sweep ofUCLA with a pair of come-from-behind wins on Sunday afternoon at FrankMyers Field. The Wildcats won the continuation of Saturday's postponedgame, 13-12, before earning an 11-7 victory in game two.

With the doubleheader sweep, UCLA fell to 25-16 on the season.

With a record-crowd of 2,947 fans on hand for the start of the gameon Saturday, Kansas State jumped on the board first with two runs on a pairof hits in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats added three runsin the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by senior outfielderKasey Weishaar over the left field wall.

Down 5-0 after four innings, UCLA struck back for three runs in thefifth inning on four hits, including doubles by second baseman Josh Canalesand outfielder Ben Francisco. The Bruins then took the lead for the firsttime in the seventh with four runs, highlighted by catcher Josh Arhart'sthree-run home run over the left field wall. Kansas State struck back withfour runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh inning on just two hits,a pair two-RBI singles by outfielder Pat Maloney and first baseman MarkEnglish. The Bruins responded with two runs on four hits in the eighthto tie it at 9-all then took the lead again with three runs in the ninth ontwo hits and an error.

After the game was called in the top of the ninth inning with twoouts due to darkness, the two teams completed the game on Sunday. KansasState led off the ninth with a double by Pat Maloney followed by an erroron the third baseman that allowed Kasey Weishaar to advance to first base.After a strikeout and fly-out to center field, B.J. Crone singled homeMaloney to close within 12-10 then Crone took advantage of an error by theBruins' second baseman on a fielder's choice by Nick Sorensen that loadedthe bases. Hitless on the game, shortstop Osmar Castillo took advantage ofa strong wind to belt a double over the head of the left fielder allowingall three runs to score and giving the Wildcats an improbable 13-12victory.

In game two of the doubleheader, UCLA jumped on the board firstwith one run on three hits in the first inning followed by a run on twohits by Kansas State in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at 1-all.The Wildcats took the lead with three runs in the third inning, highlightedby Pat Maloney's team-high seventh home run of the season, a two-run shotover the left field wall. UCLA closed within 4-3 with two runs in thefourth inning, but Kansas State again responded with three runs on fourhits in the bottom of the inning. However, the Bruins continued to fightwith three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the game at 7-all.

After a scoreless seventh inning, the Wildcats regained the lead inthe bottom of the eighth, as outfielder Nick Sorensen doubled home Ty Sotofrom third base on a double down the left field line. After the Bruinsintentionally walked Osmar Castillo to load the bases with one out, J.D.Loudabarger made the team pay with a three-RBI double to left-center fieldthat cleared the bases and gave the Wildcats the final 11-7 victory.

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