VANCOUVER – The No. 24-ranked UBC Thunderbirds recorded their second straight shutout on Monday, defeating the University of Redlands Bulldogs 3-0, in a non-conference baseball game at The Yard in Redlands, Calif.
Starting pitcher Alex Webb (Surrey, B.C.) gave up just three hits in six innings of work to move to 2-1.
The Thunderbirds (11-5) got all the offence they needed in the second inning. Catcher Cam Firth (London, Ont.) led off with a double. He crossed home plate when the next batter, left fielder John Whaley (Oakville, Ont.), tripled to centre field. First baseman Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) then hit a sacrifice line out to left field to score Whaley.
In the fifth inning, Firth hit an RBI double to left field to allow third baseman Kevin Biro (Deep Bay, B.C.) to come home for UBC’s third run.
Redlands rarely threatened on offence as Webb and relievers Tyler Gillies (London, Ont.) and Curtis Taylor (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) held the hosts to only five hits. Just two Bulldogs runners reached scoring position.
Yari finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate while teammate Firth was 2-for-4.
UBC will have a day off before returning to action on Wednesday in Santa Clarita, Calif., against The Master’s College at 2 p.m.