Thunderbirds blank Concordia in final game of weekend series

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VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds wrapped up a three-game series against the Concordia Cavaliers with a 5-0 victory Sunday at Porter Park in Portland, Oregon.

After splitting the first two games of the series on Saturday, in which a combined four runs were scored, UBC’s bats came to life Sunday as they scored three runs in the first inning, one in the fourth and one in the eighth to shutout the Cavaliers 5-0.

Alex Graham started the game and gave up just three hits in four scoreless innings of work. Alex Webb followed up with four scoreless innnings of his own, striking out five and allowing just two hits. He would be credited with the victory. Curtis Taylor wrapped things up with a three up, three down ninth inning. In total the three combined for the shutout, allowing just five hits, while striking out eight.

Kevin Biro got the offence rolling in the first inning, singling to centre field with the bases loaded to put the Thunderbirds up 1-0. Brendan Rose followed up with a RBI single of his own and then Cam Firth drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to put UBC in front 3-0 after just a half inning of play.

In the fourth inning Bryan Arthur, pinch hitting for Kyle McComb with runners at second and third, hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Rose to give the Thunderbirds a 4-0 lead.

UBC would add one more run in the eighth inning as Jerod Bartnik scored on a wild pitch.

With the win the Thunderbirds improve to 17-6 on the season, while Concordia falls to 7-12.

UBC will return to action next weekend when they officially open NAIA West conference play with a four-game series at Simpson beginning Saturday March 14.

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