BELLEVUE, Wash. — The UBC Thunderbirds shared a doubleheader with the Northwest Eagles in Bellevue on Tuesday afternoon, dropping the last conference game between the two this season, 4-3, before bouncing back to win the final away conference by an 11-3 margin.
The T-Birds had already won the home-and-away series with a pair of wins over NU last Wednesday at Collings Field as UBC remain at .500 overall with a 10-8 conference mark with four weeks to go. play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season.
First game: NU 4, UBC 3
After Nicole Salas brought a run for the T-Birds in the top of the first, NU tied the game in their half.
Madisyn Leffle singled, stole second and then scored on a tight bunt from Kayla Stanley.
The 1-1 score held until the fifth inning when the Eagles scored three runs. Ashley Carter scored a single and scored when Leffle’s grounder was thrown into right field, moving Leffle up to third place. Stanley performed the bunt squeeze again to score Leffle for a 3-1 lead. Stanley stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI pitch by Emily Barry.
UBC scored twice in RBI singles per Mia Valcke and Salas in the top of the seventh and had runners in first and second before Bella King induced a pitch to end the game.
King went the distance for his seventh win of the season.
Valcke had four hits for the Thunderbirds.
Game 2: UBC 11, NU 3
Northwest took the lead in the second inning, 1-0, when Alyssa Maldonado singled and took second, third and scored on three wild pitches.
Emma Dorval had an RBI grounder and Valcke produced an RBI double to give UBC a 2-1 lead in the third.
Northwest took a 3-2 lead in the fourth with Abby Blahut scoring on a wild pitch past an RBI single from Leffle.
UBC reclaimed the lead in the fifth with three runs, highlighted by a two-run brace by Valcke.
Dorval added an RBI single in the sixth and UBC had five more runs in the seventh, including homers from Valcke and Shae Sever.
UBC got three shots apiece from Valcke and Olivia Malesku.
Sever earned his fourth win of the season on the mound, allowing just two scoreless hits while striking out four-for-three and a third inning of work.
The T-Birds are back on the road this weekend when they visit Carroll College in Helena, Montana, starting with a doubleheader on Friday, April 8.