Columbia athletics

Baseball ‘Birds Honored by Conference

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds baseball team received the Les Schwab Sportsmanship Award from the Cascade Collegiate Conference, while four players also received individual honors as the conference announced its post-season prices on Friday.

Ty Penner, Brandon Hupeand Noah Or were all named to the all-conference first-team roster while outfielders Nathan Shut is a Golden Glove winner.

Tied for the sixth-best batting average in the conference at .354, Penner also led the Thunderbirds in slugging percentage (.652 – fourth in CCC), on-base percentage (.458 – fifth in CCC) and RBI (45 – eighth in CCC). The second infielder also boasted an incredible 1.110 OPS as he was a consistent force at the plate throughout the season.

Second year student Brandon Hupe tied with Penner for the team lead in home runs with 10. 21 of his 41 hits went for extra bases. The Vancouver native finished the regular season with a .275 ERA and .925 OPS.

Completing his fourth and final season with the T-Birds in 2022, by Noah Gold The .324 average was second on the team behind Penner as he led the blue and gold with 58 hits and 31 walks.

Appearing in every game this season for the ‘Birds, Shute was a defensive mainstay in the outfield and at receiver, fully deserving of his 2022 Golden Glove award. Playing more than any other T-Bird on the field this season, Shute has been marked for just three errors with a .981 field percentage.

Winners of six straight games to close the season, the T-Birds will begin play in the conference’s postseason tournament on Monday where they face the College of Idaho Yotes at 1 p.m. PT in Lewiston, Idaho.