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T-Birds Open Series with Saturday Sweep

VANCOUVER, B.C. – In their final series of the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season, the UBC Thunderbirds swept Saturday’s doubleheader with the Oregon Tech Owls with a narrow 3-2 victory in Game 1 and ending the day with a 3-1 win, landing a birth in the conference’s next postseason tournament in the process.

In Tourmaline West Stadium pitching friendly, UBC Ryan Beitel and Oregon Tech’s Jacob Miller took the mound for the opener and put together a pitching clinic to keep guessing opposing bats for the first three innings.

The Owls took the lead in the fourth inning as Ian Peters’ RBI single gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

At the end of the fifth round, Mike Fitzsimmons threw his second home run of the year to tie the game and put the UBC faithful on their feet.

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A pitching change started the seventh inning as Beitel finished his night with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits. Adam Khan entered the game and quickly forced a routine ground out with his first batter. A defensive error followed by a savvy base run owled third base to set up Kaleb Keelean, who ripped an RBI triple down the right field line, 2-1 Oregon Tech.

 

Needing a run, the T-Birds got it right in the bottom of the eighth inning as a few small fly balls advanced from the men to second and third base. Brett Corbeth then connected perfectly on a fly ball to center field to bring both runners home, 3-2 UBC.

Vicarte Domingo came on to close the game in the ninth and did just that by striking out the last two batters of the game and earning the all-important win while earning his team-leading sixth save of the season.

 

Game 2

The teams retreated onto the pitch as the clouds lifted for a near-perfect rematch on Saturday afternoon. With their opening win fresh in mind, the ‘Birds opened with a two-run first inning thanks to by Noah Gold monster home run to give UBC a 2-0 lead.

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Branden Wood controlled the zone for the first two innings, but the Owls maintained some momentum in the top of the third inning and cashed in as Matthew Ortiz drove in a run to cut their deficit in half, 2-1 UBC.


With two out late in the fifth inning, Corbeth continued to show his bat when it mattered most as he hit a solo home run to give his team some confidence, extending UBC’s lead to 3 -1.

 

Woods ended his night with two outs in the eighth inning, and Sean Heppner stepped in confidently to earn his second save of the season with efficient work and three strikeouts.

Sunday’s double-header will start a little earlier with the first game starting at 11:00 a.m. (PT) followed shortly by the last game of the series at 1:00 p.m. (PT).