VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds pitcher Alex Graham (North Vancouver) gave up just three hits over seven shutout innings to lead his team to a 13-0 victory over the Chapman University Panthers today at Hart Park in Orange, Calif.

Graham struck out six batters and needed just 79 pitches to move to 3-0 on the season. Rookie Brad Smith (Vancouver) threw two innings in relief to finish off the win.

Right fielder Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, B.C.) and catcher Brody Hawkins (Delta, B.C.) each recorded three runs batted in while rookie shortstop Kyle McComb led UBC with three hits in five at-bats.

The Thunderbirds got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Bartnik knocked an RBI single to right field to plate McComb.

Hawkins made it 3-0 in the third when his single to left field scored Bartnik and McComb.

UBC added three insurance runs in the seventh before exploding for seven more in the final inning.

Bartnik drove in his second run on a single to allow Tyler Enns (Winnipeg) to cross home plate in the seventh to push the blue and gold lead to 4-0. Bartnik advanced to second thanks to an error by the Chapman centre fielder, and then moved to third base on the throw back to the infield. Two batters later, he came home on a wild pitch.

With two outs in the inning, Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) scored the sixth run of the game for the T-Birds on an RBI single to right field by designated hitter Brendan Rose (Calgary).

UBC took full advantage of a mistake-filled ninth inning by Chapman, posting seven more runs.

Griff Goyer (Burnaby, B.C.) got his first-ever RBI at the collegiate level when he doubled to left field to score Yari, who had led off with a walk. After a Rose single, pinch hitter Justin Orton (Essex, Ont.) hit an RBI single to centre field. McComb loaded the bases with single on the ensuing at-bat.

Chapman pitcher Jesse Staats then hit Enns and Bartnik on back-to-back at-bats to surrender two more runs.

Third baseman Kevin Biro (Deep Bay, B.C.) reached on an error on the next play, which allowed Enns and McComb to cross home plate. The Thunderbirds rounded out the scoring when Hawkins became the third UBC player in the inning to be hit by a pitch, this time by David Basen, with the bases full.

With the shutout, UBC improves to 10-5 while Chapman, an NCAA Div. III school, drops to 3-3.

The Thunderbirds will play at the University of Redlands on Monday at 2 p.m.
 

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