VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds softball team split its six games at the College of Idaho/Northwest Nazarene Classic on the weekend.
Friday, February 27
Montana State-Billings 4-3 UBC
No. 21 College of Idaho 11-3 UBC
Saturday, February 28
UBC 10-9 Great Falls (Mont.)
UBC 12-5 Northwest Nazarene (Idaho)
Sunday, March 1
UBC 6-2 Carroll College (Mont.)
Concordia (Ore.) 10-2 UBC
In their tournament opener, the Thunderbirds trailed 4-0 before scoring three times in the top of the seventh inning, thanks to an RBI double from left fielder Sarah Hillsdon (Langley, B.C.) and an two-RBI double from second baseman Quinn Dhaliwal (Delta, B.C.). However, UBC couldn’t bring home any more runs and eventually fell 4-3.
Against the College of Idaho on Friday, the Thunderbirds surrendered five runs in the first and couldn’t make up the deficit despite three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Margarita Sison (Richmond, B.C.) hit a double to centre field to score pinch hitter Frances Ramsay (Vancouver) and first baseman Kelly Rumley (Surrey, B.C.). Hillsdon brought home the team’s third run with a single to left field, allowing Sison to come around.
The offence came alive on Saturday, reaching double figures in both victories. UBC was down 8-3 before scoring seven runs in their final two times at bat.
Third baseman Brittany Hince Siwicki (Winnipeg) started the comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double to score pinch runner Lauren du Toit (Vienna, Austria). On the next at-bat, Rumley scored a wild pitch. Then Hince Siwicki came home on an RBI groundout by shortstop Yasmin Bains (Richmond, B.C.).
UBC completed the comeback in the sixth with four runs. Two came on a double down the left field line by Rumley to score Ogilvie and designated player Katie Sherlock (Richmond, B.C.). Then the next batter Hince Siwicki nailed a two-run home run to left centre to make it 10-8.
The T-Birds finished off the day with a 12-5 win over the hosts from Northwest Nazarene. UBC scored seven times in the first three innings and led 7-5 heading into the seventh before exploding for five insurance runs.
An RBI single by Rumley to get the ‘Birds on the board in the first. Bains and Kaplen followed up with RBI singles in the second to put UBC ahead 3-2. Bains drove in another run in the third. Hillsdon then scored on an NNU fielding error before Kaplen hit a two-run single to score both Bains and catcher Leanne Jung (Delta, B.C.)
With two runners on base in the top of the seventh, Jung threw down a bunt single to score Sherlock.
With the bases loaded two batters later, Kaplen doubled down the left field line for three more runs and an 11-5 UBC lead. Ogilvie singled up the middle to bring home Kaplen to round out the scoring.
Pitcher Zoe Gillis (Delta, B.C.) threw a complete game for her fourth win of the season.
The Thunderbirds made it three wins in a row by opening play on Sunday with a 6-2 win over Carroll College of Montana. Rumley hit her second career grand slam home run in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. Ogilvie gave up just one earned run in a complete game five-hitter.
Rumley and Ogilvie provided the only RBI’s in a 10-2 loss to Concordia in UBC’s last game of the event.
The Thunderbirds are now 8-16 on the year. Their next games will be at Simon Fraser in a doubleheader against the Clan on Tuesday, March 3.