VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds softball team (14-24) will wrap up regular season play on Sunday, April 19 as it faces the Simon Fraser Clan (16-25) at Beedie Field in Burnaby, B.C. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. on Burnaby Mountain.
“Yas has set the tone for our team this year, leading the team in hitting and with her outstanding defensive play at shortstop,” said UBC head coach Gord Collings of shortstop Bains, who owns a .397 batting average and a team-high 54 hits.
First baseman Rumley leads the entire NAIA in putouts per game, with 8.95.
“Kelly has been a defensive stalwart for us at first base and contributed some timely hits this year – including her game-winning grand slam home run against Carroll College,” said Collings.
“Sarah has been a valued member of our team as our starting left-fielder and drove in two runs to help us defeat arch-rival SFU earlier in the season,” remarked Collings of Hillsdon.
Centre fielder Shayla Kaplen (Richmond, B.C.), who was a nominee for Thunderbird Rookie of the Year at the 94th Big Block Club Awards last week, is the team leader in runs batted in (32) and stolen bases (9).
The starting pitcher for the ‘Birds, Lindsey Ogilvie (Surrey, B.C.) has thrown 138.1 innings for the squad, the 13th most in the entire NAIA.
UBC and SFU split a doubleheader on March 3 at Beedie Field, with the Thunderbirds overcoming a 3-0 deficit to knock off the error-prone Clan 9-4.
In the nightcap, SFU returned the favour by scoring six unanswered runs after going down 3-0.
In addition to Hillsdon’s big hit in UBC’s victory on March 3, Rumley delivered a two-RBI double while rookie pitcher Zoe Gillis (Maple Ridge, B.C.) threw five strong innings in relief to earn the win.
After Sunday’s game, the Thunderbirds will then prepare for the Association of Independent Institutions conference championship tournament, which runs April 30-May 2 in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Clan have been eliminated from NCAA Division II postseason contention and have four games left in their campaign.