VANCOUVER – An eight-run first inning sunk the No. 24 UBC Thunderbirds as they lost 16-5 to the California State, Los Angeles Golden Eagles in a non-conference baseball game on Saturday.

The Thunderbirds (9-5) got on the board first when right fielder Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, B.C.) smacked a double down the right field line to score Mackenzie Parlow (Qualicum Beach, B.C.).

But the Golden Eagles (3-2) erupted for eight runs in the home half of the inning. Anthony Lombardo had a two-run double, Nick Osuna had a two-run single, Trent Zaks had a run-scoring single and Welker had a bases-clearing double to account for the eight runs.

UBC added two-run home runs in the fourth and sixth innings to round out the offensive output for the blue and gold.

Left fielder John Whaley of Oakville, Ont., got his first career home run in the fourth, putting a Bryan Conant pitch over the left field wall and scoring Vinny Martin (Pender Island, B.C.). Then two innings later, catcher Cam Firth took Conant over the right field fence to bring home Bartnik, who finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate.

Cal State L.A. scored five more runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

Starter Jeremy Newton (Toronto) took the loss to fall to 2-1 on the season.

UBC continues its California road trip with a Sunday game in Orange, Calif., against Chapman University, an NCAA Div. III school.

– with files from California State, Los Angeles Sports Information