Rumley’s grand slam gives UBC seniors a win in final regular season game

2014 UBC softball seniors

BURNABY, B.C. – Kelly Rumley‘s grand slam home run in the top of the fourth inning gave the UBC Thunderbirds a 4-0 shutout win over their provincial rivals, the Simon Fraser Clan, in a non-conference softball game at Burnaby’s Beedie Field on Sunday evening.

It was the second home run of the season for Rumley and it gave UBC’s four senior players, Leigh Della Siega, Carlyn Shimizu, Alana Westerhof and Cassandra Dypchey, a victorious finish in their final regular season games as Thunderbirds. SFU graciously donated use of Beedie Field for the post-game ceremony, allowing the T-Birds’ seniors to be celebrated in front of friends and family.

Pitchers Westerhof (four innings) and Della Siega (three innings) combined for the one-hit shutout, which extends the team’s winning streak to six games.

“I’m just so proud of our seniors, especially Alana and Leigh,” said UBC head coach Gord Collings. “All four came through, and they came with purpose today. They’re just great representatives of the program, I just think they were awesome.

“Carlyn played well, made a couple of plays in the outfield; Cass had a hit and a walk, Alana pitched unbelievably well. Leigh came in and held the game; a one-hitter between the two of them so you couldn’t ask for more. I’m going to miss those kids big time. They’re great kids.”

With two outs in the fourth, Westerhof singled to centre field. Shortstop Yasmin Bains then reached base on a throwing error by SFU third baseman Stefanie Sheard, allowing the inning to continue. The next batter, Lindsey Ogilvie earned a walk to load the bases, setting up the stage for Rumley’s dramatic home run. Rumley now has hits in her last four games.

SFU got just three runners on base after UBC took the lead, never threatening to put a run across home plate.

Westerhof started the game and surrendered a hit to the third batter she faced but gave up little else to earn the win and improve to 9-8. Della Siega took over in the fifth and closed out the game with ease. The Surrey native even got to bat in the seventh inning, striking out in her only plate appearance of the season and the fourth of her career.

Shayla Kaplen continued her fine rookie campaign, recording two hits in four at-bats and upping her batting average this season to .390.

Bains and Quinn Dhaliwal got the other hits for UBC, which improves to 14-13 this year. SFU drops to 4-28.

The Thunderbirds will have to wait to find out what their post-season fate will be.

The Association of Independent Institutions’ six-team conference championship tournament will take place next month in Lawrenceville, Ga. Four A.I.I. schools, based on their record, have all but clinched spots at the event, leaving UBC, Lindenwood-Belleville and Ashford as the three squads fighting for the two remaining spots. The A.I.I. will announce the entire conference tournament field on Monday.

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