Columbia athletics

UBC bats overpowered by throwing Yotes

VANCOUVER, BC – Saturday’s doubleheader saw clear skies and warm sunshine as the UBC Thunderbirds took on the College of Idaho Yotes on Collings Field at Nobel Park. The visiting Yotes won the morning game 7-0 and then secured the series sweep with a 4-1 win to close out the weekend.

The mighty Yotes bats were exhibited early for the second straight day in freshman year Shae Sever was unable to slow an offense that went three straight innings to lead 6-0 after two sets.

The T-Birds couldn’t figure out Yotes starting pitcher Kately Wilfert on Saturday morning, as the right-handed pitcher pitched a full game, while recording five strikeouts on two hits.

Kaylee MacDannaald and Makenna Luke each added two RBIs in the 7-0 win.

“We have to hit the ball more,” said UBC head coach Gord Collings. “I think our defense played really well, the pitchers rebounded today and played well. Shae rebounded with that 11 or 12 straight after that last home run and Shelby was tremendous today. The difference today Other than that, I thought we played them well today.”

 

Game 2

Shelby Kempel opened as the starting pitcher for the final game of the series and seemingly stopped the visitor’s offense until a three-run third inning broke the deadlock.

The visitors added one more run in the top of the fifth inning, as Lexi Villegas hit an RBI single to center field.

The ‘Birds put pressure on Yotes pitcher Hannah McNerney late in the fifth inning, which started with Emily Sherritt taking first base after being hit by a pitch. She used her speed to steal second base, then scored on a pitching error after Gabby Dorval muscled a fly ball to third base. Savy Yotes’ defense closed out the inning, leaving two T-Birds stranded on base.

A few deserved walks late in the seventh weren’t enough to end the comeback rally as McNerney shut down UBC to earn him 11and win of the season.

UBC will be on the road next week as they travel to Salem, Oregon to fight the Corban Warriors on April 22n/a and 23rd.

“Corban is a crucial series,” Collings added ahead of the T-Birds’ upcoming weekend road series. “We need to stay ahead of them for the playoffs because they have a game or two behind us, but we need to get some hits.”