VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds softball team split a pair of games against nationally-ranked teams on the second day of action at the Northwest Cup in Happy Valley, Ore., on Saturday.

UBC lost an eight-inning heartbreaker 2-0 against No. 17 Oregon Tech before rebounding to shutout No. 21 College of Idaho 5-0.

Third baseman Cherise Chang (Delta, B.C.) had the only hit for the Thunderbirds against Oregon Tech, but the Hustlin’ Owls needed extra innings to clinch the victory, scoring twice in the eighth.

Against the College of Idaho, pitcher Lindsey Ogilvie (Surrey, B.C.) threw a complete-game, six-hit shutout in her best outing of the season.

UBC got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning when first baseman Kelly Rumley (Surrey, B.C.) hit a two-out single to centre field to plate Shayla Kaplen (Richmond, B.C.).

Kaplen scored again in the top of the third on an RBI single, with the bases loaded, by Chang. The next batter, designated player Frances Ramsay (Vancouver), drew a walk to put the Thunderbirds ahead 3-0.

Ogilvie gave herself an insurance run in the fourth by singling in shortstop Yasmin Bains (Richmond, B.C.). Chang rounded out the scoring by crossing home plate on a throwing error in the fifth.

Kaplen was 3-of-4 from the plate against the College of Idaho while Chang and Rumley were both 2-for-4.

The Thunderbirds left 10 runners on base while nine Coyotes baserunners were left stranded in the game.

UBC (4-12) will play two games on Sunday to finish out the 2015 Northwest Cup. The Thunderbirds will take the field at 1 p.m. against Northwest Christian (Ore.) and again at 3 p.m., versus hosts Concordia (Ore.)
 

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