“We lost a tough one today against LSUA but we played a great game,” said UBC head coach Gord Collings, whose team’s eight-game winning streak was snapped on Friday. “Alana was terrific pitching and we played great defence but didn’t get the clutch hit when needed. LSUA is a very good team and are ranked No. 1 in the tournament for a reason. I’m very proud of the players and their determination.”
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Kelly Rumley hit a single to the LUSA shortstop Kaylee Prathe, who then committed a throwing error, which allowed T-Bird shortstop Yasmin Bains to score.
But with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, the Generals, the No. 3 team in the entire NAIA, rallied to score twice to retake the lead, which they turned into a victory when failed the Thunderbirds failed to produce any runs with their final at-bats.
UBC starting pitcher Alana Westerhof (9-9) threw a complete game, surrendering three runs while striking out seven Generals batters. LUSA’s Logan Hebert also pitched a complete game and improved to 17-0.
Kaplen and Zwick both had two hits to lead UBC (16-14) on Friday.
A win would have given the Thunderbirds a spot in the A.I.I. championship final and passage to the next round of the postseason.
They will still have a chance at both but will need to win Saturday’s crossover game against second seed California State-San Marcos, a team they beat 11-5 on Thursday.
A loss against CSUSM, the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked program, will eliminate UBC from further postseason competition. The two squads will square off Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Pacific time.
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