T-Birds drop a pair of games on Saturday

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VANCOUVER – The No. 24 UBC Thunderbirds dropped both of their games on Saturday in Caldwell, Idaho, at the Treasure Valley Collegiate Baseball Icebreaker tournament.
 
UBC lost 11-5 to the College of Idaho in the morning and then fell 21-2 to No. 2 Lewis-Clark State in the afternoon.
 
The Thunderbirds scored three times in the seventh inning against College of Idaho to tie the game at 4-4 but the Coyotes rallied for four runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh before adding three more in the eighth.
 
UBC’s first run came in the sixth as third baseman Anthony Cusati (Burnaby) brought home Jerod Bartnik (Surrey) on an RBI sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1.
 
Then in the seventh, an RBI single from Tyler Enns (Winnipeg) and an RBI sacrifice fly from Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) closed the gap to 4-3. Later in the inning, Enns came home on a wild pitch to level the score.
 
However, the College of Idaho got a three-run home run in the seventh and a two-run homer in the eighth to help clinch the victory.
 
UBC starting pitcher Alex Graham (North Vancouver) went six innings and gave up four runs, while striking out four Coyotes.
 
Designated hitter Mackenzie Parlow (Qualicum Beach, B.C.) had three hits for UBC, which also got an RBI from Vinny Martin.
 
In the second game of the day, Yari homered to centre field in the sixth inning and rookie left fielder John Whaley (Oakville, Ont.) hit an RBI single up the middle to provide all the offence for the Thunderbirds (8-3), who will close out the tournament on Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. PT game against Concordia (Ore.).