How hard work propelled Nevada speedster Patrick Caulfield to play college baseball

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Nevada outfielder Patrick Caulfield can thank his older twin brothers, Thomas and Phillip, for motivating him to reach Division I level.

“I try to be better than him, even when he’s young,” Caulfield said of his siblings who are four years older. “So it just creates competition between me and my siblings because they’re small, I am too, but whatever they do, whether it’s baseball, basketball or whatever, I want to be better than them, and this is what makes me better than them. At some point, I was probably better just than how often we played together in the background, outside. They would prove that well, because they wanted me well. They had always just driven to be the best and tried. to prove them wrong. I kind of took that and ran with that. “

Growing up in Burlingame, California, the middle of seven siblings, Caulfield decided to play DI baseball out of high school, taking a different path and having his siblings play junior football before moving to DI school. His brother, Phillip, was selected in the 32nd round of the 2017 MLB draft. Caulfield did not earn his DI degree from high school, but played at Santa Barbara City College.

“I worked hard to try to get the label, and I used to say,‘ You’re really not good right now, ’” Caulfield said. “I have to grow and learn from my failures, and slightly lose my ego and find out who I really am.”

Caulfield credited UCSB head coach Jeff Walker and his staff for turning him into an outfielder and developing his base stealing skills. He earned .336 during his two years in junior high, earning an all -league award and an all -state second team while stealing 32 bases in 39 games in his second year.

“I’m not going to be where I am now without a big change,” Caulfield said of the move from center to field. “I would laugh at the fact of even going in the outfield, so (Walker) told me, ‘Hey, you have to go play outfield,’ I was, like, ‘Well, let’s do it.’ I became really good in junior high just by knowing who I was, learning from my mistakes, learning from my failures, figuring out what was wrong and then attacking every day.I came from a guy who had no offer.out of high school to enter the No. 1 school. in the country, and it’s pure from hard work. ”

Caulfield played two seasons for John Savage at UCLA, quickly finding his way into the ranks, appearing in 13 games with 10 starts before the 2020 season was cut. During his two seasons with the Bruins, he scored .292 with 25 RBI in 48 games.

“I learned a lot from him,” Caulfield said of Savage. “I can’t even put in a few words. I think the main thing I learned from him was just the details, the basics. Generally schools in the country do the same thing. Everyone practices, everyone does extra work, but about this. Details and who is who who do the right thing at the right time and focus on the right thing.

After graduating from UCLA with a political science degree last spring, he knew that his time between the lines wasn’t over with one year still eligible. Savage was advised to move to Nevada, led by former Bruin assistant coach TJ Bruce. Caulfield is the second player from UCLA to join Nevada as a graduate transfer under Bruce (Justin Hazard did the same thing in 2016).

“Our program has been done like that since I was with John (Savage),” Bruce said. “Having people come here with that leadership, one thing is that Pat isn’t afraid, and I use non -loose terms. He’s not afraid to fail, and he’s not afraid to win and succeed.”

In his lone season Caulfield in Nevada, he has been one of the Wolf Pack’s most productive hitters, batting .317. 50 laps were scored and 71 hits ranked second on the team. Caulfield led the Wolf Pack and Mountain West with 27 steals in 31 attempts, the fourth in Nevada history in a single season. He was named the second all-conference team.

“I definitely have a vision going forward where I want to be, and I definitely play college baseball, play professional baseball and eventually become a coach,” Caulfield said. “I think you just shouldn’t forgive you. I’ve always been a leader for the rest of my life. So in a sense, I’m not afraid to talk about things that I think should get better, or even happen. Good. You should admit it well to your friends- your friend. “

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