VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds softball team lost its first two games at the 2015 Northwest Cup in Happy Valley, Ore., on Friday.
In Game 1, UBC and the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers combined for 30 runs with the Thunderbirds coming out on the wrong end of a 17-13 score.
Kelly Rumley (Surrey, B.C.) went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in to lead the UBC offence. Quinn Dhaliwal (Delta, B.C.) and Sarah Hillsdon (Langley, B.C.) also went 2-for-3 batting on Friday. Hillsdon and Yasmin Bains (Richmond, B.C.) drove in two runs.
The two teams were tied 8-8 going into the fourth inning but Eastern Oregon outscored UBC 9-2 over the next three to take control of the game.
Down 5-0 in the home half of the first inning, the Thunderbirds loaded the bases and Bains crossed home plate on a wild pitch to get the team on the scoreboard.
After a walk, Rumley doubled to right field to score two more with no outs but UBC couldn’t push any more runs across and finished the opening inning down 5-3.
The ‘Birds took the lead in the second by adding another three runs thanks to three bases loaded walks from Rumley, Lauren du Toit (Vienna, Austria) and Hillsdon.
EOU re-took the lead 8-6 in its half of the third before UBC added a pair to make it 8-8. Shayla Kaplen (Richmond, B.C.) hit a ground-rule double to left field to bring Bains home. Then Rumley hit a sacrifice fly to left for her fourth RBI of the day.
The Mountaineers posted the next nine runs before the Thunderbirds responded with two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
The UBC offence ran out of gas in Game 2 on Friday, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Southern Oregon Raiders. Catcher Margarita Sison (Richmond, B.C.) got the only hit of the game for the T-Birds, who gave up four runs in the sixth inning after keeping things close for most of the contest.
Lindsey Ogilvie (Surrey, B.C.) pitched a complete game for UBC but suffered the loss.
UBC is now 3-11 on the season and will play two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday at the Northwest Cup.
The Thunderbirds will face No. 17 Oregon Tech at 11 a.m. on Saturday before playing No. 21 College of Idaho at 3 p.m.