VANCOUVER – The No. 24 UBC Thunderbirds won their fourth straight game, defeating the Westmont College Warriors 4-1 on Thursday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif., in non-conference NAIA baseball action.
UBC improves to 13-5 while Westmont drops to 13-3 and sees its 10-game winning streak come to an end.
With the score tied 1-1 and two outs in the top of the fifth inning, centre fielder Tyler Enns (Winnipeg) singled to centre to bring home shortstop Kyle McComb (Surrey, B.C.).
Enns did the same on his next at-bat in the seventh, knocking a single to centre, this time to plate third baseman Kevin Biro (Deep Bay, B.C.) to put the Thunderbirds ahead 3-1.
Two batters later, Cam Firth (London, Ont.) drew bases loaded walk to add another insurance run.
UBC right fielder Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, B.C.) opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Westmont evened the game in the bottom of the fourth but Thunderbirds starter Jeremy Newton (Toronto) induced a double play from the next hitter to get out of a jam.
That was the only run surrendered by Newton in six innings of work. He struck out five batters and gave up just six hits.
Tyler Gillies (London, Ont.) threw three scoreless innings in relief of Newton to earn his second save of the season.
Biro went 3-for-4 from the plate on Thursday while Enns was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in. Second baseman Nick Spillman (Welland, Ont.) also had two hits for UBC.
The Thunderbirds will travel to the Silicon Valley for a non-conference game against fellow NAIA West Grouping member Menlo College on Friday afternoon. The first pitch in Atherton, Calif., is scheduled for 2 p.m.