VANCOUVER – The No. 24 UBC Thunderbirds baseball team opened its California road trip with a 12-5 loss to the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles, an NCAA Div. II program, on Friday afternoon.
UBC went up 2-0 in the first inning but Cal State L.A. replied by recording 10 runs over the ensuing six innings to take control of the game.
Starting pitcher Conor Lillis-White (Toronto) allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings for UBC (9-4). Centre fielder Tyler Enns (Winnipeg) had a good day at the plate, going 4-for-5 in the leadoff spot, scoring once and driving in one. Right fielder Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, B.C.) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI and catcher Brody Hawkins (Delta, B.C.) had two hits. The top three batters in the Thunderbirds’ lineup went 9-for-14.
Enns opened the game with a single through the right side and then crossed home plate on the next at-bat when Bartnik recorded a double.
Bartnik scored later in the inning when Vinny Martin (Pender Island, B.C.) reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Golden Eagles got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double by Nick Osuna and then took the lead when Trent Zaks smacked a two-run home run to left-center in the second.
Cal State L.A. made it 4-2 in the fifth when Dakota Hernandez scored on a wild pitch.
The Golden Eagles scored six times to make it 10-2 in the sixth.
Bartnik and Hawkins both hit RBI singles to shortstop in the seventh to get UBC back within six runs at 10-4. Cal State L.A. answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
An RBI double to right centre by Enns scored third baseman Nick Spillman (Welland, Ont.) in the top of the ninth.
The teams have a rematch on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Reeder Field in Los Angeles.
– with files from Cal State L.A. Sports Information