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Kauppila, Cardinal can't complete big comeback at Chapel Hill

North Carolina ends run at College World Series for Stanford, local.

June 14, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Lonnie Kauppila (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) Stanford baseball, freshman: After having their rally extinguished by the rain on Saturday, Kauppila and the Cardinal saw their season and shot at the College World Series end with a 7-5 loss to the host University of North Carolina on the second day of Super Regional action at Chapel Hill.

Stanford (35-22), which suffered its first loss in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament to the Tar Heels on Friday, scratched out a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning on Saturday, but fell behind, 3-1, in the fourth and trailed, 6-1, going into the bottom of the eighth.

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There the Cardinal put up four runs, capped by a three-run double by Austin Wilson, before a three hour and 32 minute rain delay put a damper on the comeback. Once play resumed, Stanford surrendered an insurance run to UNC in the top of the ninth before being retired in order in the bottom half.

Kauppila played second base and went one for four with a run scored, his only hit in seven at bats in the Super Regional. The former Falcon, who began his high school baseball career at Crescenta Valley before transferring to Burbank as a junior, was coming off a more successful showing at the Cal State Fullerton Regional. Kauppila closed out the two-game tournament, which included wins over Fullerton and Illinois, with a three-hit, three-run-batted-in game in the Cardinal's 14-2 win over the Illini.

On the season, he batted .298 with a home run, 25 RBI, 24 runs scored and 10 doubles.

Rachel Lange (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) Brigham Young University women's track and field, junior: Lange contributed some valuable points to the Cougars in pursuit of their third straight Mountain West Conference outdoor championship on May 13 in Fort Collins, Colo.

The former Falcons cross-country and track standout placed sixth in the finals of the 10,000 meters in 37 minutes, 19.38 seconds to help BYU win the meet with 191 points. New Mexico came in second with 128 points and Texas Christian finished third with 98 points.

Lange was one of three Cougars to place in the event, as teammates Cecily Lemmon-Lew and Morgan Haws took first (36:11.41) and second (36:14.73), respectively.

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