Columbia athletics

T-Birds offense powers Saturday sweep

The UBC Thunderbirds capped off their weekend series with the Carroll College Saints by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, winning Game 1 8-0 and finishing strong with a 6-2 win.

It took until the start of the fourth inning for a run to be scored in Saturday’s opener, both pitchers managing to control the game. The T-Birds then exploded for six runs in the inning to take a 6-0 lead.

The ‘Birds added two more insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning, as Avery Hilpert hat-trick to right field to score Gabby Freer. Olivia Malesku then drove in the second leg of the inning to give his team an 8-0 lead.

The Saints had another chance to close the deficit, but failed to reach UBC’s starting pitcher, as Shelby Kempel closed the game in five short innings.

After a short rest, the teams picked him up for the final game of the weekend series, which saw UBC continue their dominance at the plate. The attack was early, because Hanna Hansen threw a first-inning three-run home run to deep center field. The long ball gave the visitors the energy and confidence to sweep through the day, as the Saints could only muster a few runs against the T-Birds’ starting pitcher. Lindsay Bell.

Keona Nordquist and Malesku both added double RBIs in the top of the sixth inning, demonstrating their ability to hit runs with runners in scoring position.

UBC will return to Vancouver next weekend as they host the College of Idaho Yotes for a four-game series beginning Friday, April 15.and at 1:30 p.m. (PT).