Apr 21

A home sweep of last-place Simpson University brought a couple of outstanding news items for UBC as they clinched first place and home field for the first round of the playoffs and coach Terry McKaig picked up his 500th career win.

Win No. 500 came in Game 1, an 8-0 victory that was the first of two shutouts on the day. Saturday’s 12-7 victory in Game 3 clinched first place; UBC will host the NAIA West Tournament May 2 to 5 at Thunderbird Park.

Friday: 8-0 Win, 7-0 Win
Saturday: 12-7 Win, 9-0 Win (five innings)

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS vs. SIMPSON

Conor Lillis-White went eight scoreless innings in Game 1, lowering his season ERA to 0.57 (the program record is Jeff Francis’ 0.92 mark from the 2001 season). CF Bryan Arthur went 2-3 with two runs and two RBI.

1B Bruce Yari and 3B Kevin Biro each went 4-5 in Game 2 with Biro picking up 4 RBI.

DH Tyler Enns and Yari each went 3-5 in Game 3 with Yari driving in three runs.

Game 4 was shortened as rain began and nothing remained at stake in the standings. 2B Justin Orton had a double and two RBI.

Check the ‘Birds schedule page for game times and opponents in the NAIA West Tournament as they become available.

Apr 17

UBC split a four-game set with Corban April 11 and 12.

The series featured another CG shutout for Conor Lillis-White in Game 2 that included 7 Ks. Game was a 15-inning 2-1 loss and Game 4 was a 3-1 win and a CG for Sean Callegari. Game 1 was an 8-3 loss.

The series split put the ‘Birds at 16-8 in conference.

Apr 07

Things are getting tight atop the conference standings after College of Idaho took three of four from visiting UBC.

Saturday: 10-5 Loss, 10-6 Win

Sunday: 8-1 Loss, 4-3 Loss

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS:

Game 1 Saturday:
1B Bruce Yari went 2-4 with a double, a run and and RBI.

Game 2 Saturday:
LHP Conor Lillis-White went six innings allowing a run on four hits with six Ks.
CF Bryan Arthur went 3-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Yari went 2-5 with a homerun and three RBI.

Game 3 Sunday:
LF Sebastian Wong went 3-4

Game 4 Sunday:
RHP Bryan Pawlina went five innings allowing two runs on eight hits with five Ks.
Yari went 3-5 with two runs scored.

We are now 23-9 overall and 14-6 in conference

We play Friday/Saturday (April 11/12) in Salem, OR against Corban College.

Apr 02

T-Birds alum Andrew Firth was one of the stars of the show at UBC Big Block night April 1, taking the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as the graduating male athlete of the year.

It’s the second time a baseball player has won the award, the first being Jeff Francis in 2002.

From gothunderbirds.ca:
BOBBY GAUL MEMORIAL TROPHY – Graduating male athlete of the year
Baseball player Andrew Firth joins the list of outstanding Thunderbirds who have won the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as UBC’s graduating male athlete of the year.

A four-year starter for the Thunderbirds, Firth, who’s from London, Ont., finished off an impressive university career in 2013. He was a career .344 hitter, averaging 57 hits and 33 runs batted in per season. His season highs included a .382 batting average, 38 runs scored, 12 doubles, and 50 RBI. An infielder who played where ever he was asked was a conference Gold Glove winner in 2011 and a two-time NAIA West All-Star while helping the Thunderbirds to league titles in 2010 and 2011. Off the field, he was just as outstanding in the classroom, winning a place on the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball Team in 2013. He also earned Academic All-Canadian status at UBC in each of his four seasons. Firth also represented Canada at the 2011 World University Games.

Full Big Block recap

2013-14 BIG BLOCK HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Apr 02

Conor Lillis-White‘s complete-game gem against Menlo College March 29 caught the attention of NAIA West officials who named him the Red Lion pitcher of the week.

FULL STORY on gothunderbirds.ca

Mar 30

Friday’s loss to Menlo College stung as the ‘Birds held a lead in the late innings and it also broke an 11-game winning streak. UBC rebounded with three straight wins over the Oaks to take the series and are tied for top spot in the conference with Lewis-Clark State.

Friday: 8-4 Loss

Saturday: 5-0 Win, 11-1 Win

Sunday: 6-3 Win

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS:

LHP Sean Callegari went seven shutout innings in Friday’s loss, striking out four. 2B Matt Spillman went 2-4.

LHP Conor Lillis-White CG shutout with 8 Ks in Saturday’s first win.  CF Bryan Arthur (Yankees draft pick in 2010) went 2-4.

‘Birds pounded out 14 hits in Saturday’s second win with SS Tyson Popoff going 3-4 with two runs and two RBI. Starting RHP Jeremy Newton went six innings allowing one unearned run.

RF Jerod Bartnik, DH Tyler Enns and Arthur each went 2-4 on Sunday with Bartnik and Arthur both scoring a run and driving one in. RHP Bryan Pawlina went six innings striking out five to improve to 3-1.

We are now 22-6 overall and 13-3 in conference. We travel to College of Idaho for four games next weekend (Sat-Sun).

Mar 25

3B Kevin Biro was recently featured as the Athlete of the Week on Breakfast Television; here’s the video:

BT Athlete of the Week feature

In addition to that, the ‘Birds got some extra screen time thanks to their behind-the-scenes antics during Kevin’s interview:

‘Birds OUT-TAKES

Mar 23

Sunday saw tripleheader action for UBC against the visiting Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls after the teams were only able to get one game in on Saturday. The ‘Birds claimed four more wins on the weekend and have now won 12 straight. Opponents have managed just 15 runs in the last eight conference games against UBC.

Saturday: 4-3 Win

Sunday (three 7-inning games): 9-0 Win, 2-1 Win, 5-1 Win

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS:

LHP Sean Callegari went eight innings with six strikeouts in a Game 1 no-decision Saturday.

LHP Conor Lillis-White went seven innings allowing one hit with 10 Ks in the 9-0 Game 2 win Sunday morning.
1B Bruce Yari went 1-1 with three runs and two RBI.

RHP Curtis Taylor got the Game 3 win in relief going two scoreless innings to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Yari went 3-3 with two RBI and two runs in Game 4.

More info is available in the Game Recaps on the ‘Birds Schedule on the UBC website

We are now 18-5 overall, 10-2 in conference.

We play at TRU Wednesday at 2pm in Kamloops, B.C. before hosting Menlo College next weekend (March 28, 29 30).

Mar 17

UBC outscored the Concordia Cavaliers 30-10 during a four-game road sweep last weekend and junior infielder Kevin Biro was named the conference player of the week for his 11-for-21 showing in the series.

Friday: 3-1 Win

Saturday: 11-2 Win, 2-1 Win

Sunday: 14-6 Win (12 innings)

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS:

LHP Sean Callegari went straight off the seven-hour bus ride Friday and worked seven innings, allowing one run while picking up eight strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the season.

2B Matt Spillman picked up four RBI and cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the first game Saturday

RHP Bryan Pawlina got a no-decision but went seven innings in Saturday’s second game, allowing three hits and one run while striking out eight

C Cam Firth clutched up with a two-out double in the top of the ninth that drove in the winning run in the second game Saturday

3B Kevin Biro went 4-7 with 4 RBI Sunday

RHP Curtis Taylor worked all three days totaling 3.2 IP, 4K, 1BB 1 Sv

More info is available in the Game Recaps on the ‘Birds Schedule on the UBC website

NEXT GAMES: DH Wednesday, March 19 vs. Thompson Rivers

NEXT CONFERENCE GAMES: Saturday/Sunday March 22/23 vs. Oregon Tech at Thunderbird Park

Mar 13

UBC hosted Okanagan College Wednesday afternoon at Thunderbird Park and got some nice performances from six freshman starters in a 4-0 win over the Coyotes.

Pitching

Starter Sean Callegari goes 2 inn, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 K, 1 BB

Reliever Jeremy Newton goes 2 inn, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 K’s

Reliever Alex Webb goes 3 inn, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 K, 1 BB

Reliever Conor Lillis-White goes 1 inn, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 K

Reliever Tyler Gillies goes 1 inn, 0 runs, 0 hits, 3 K’s

Hitters

2B Justin Orton 3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 double

CF Tyler Enns 1-4

C Mackenzie Parlow 1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI

DH Cam Firth 1-2, 1 run

Other RBI’s by 3B Nick Spillman and SS Turner Spears

NEXT GAMES: FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY IN PORTLAND AT CONCORDIA

‘Birds Schedule & Results

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