VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds (7-7) begin their six-game homestand with a matchup against the Northwest University Eagles (5-10) in a double-header on Wednesday, March 30th. Collings field at Nobel Park will see games beginning at 1:30 pm (PT) with the second game following shortly after.
The T-Birds are ready to get back to conference play after their most recent home series against the Bushnell Beacons had to be canceled due to the visitors inability to field a team because of Covid-19 protocols.
Wednesday will see a visiting Eagles team who have struggled on the road this season, dropping their last three outings. Emily Barry leads the charge with 34 hits, four home runs and 19 runs batted in. Madisyn Leffle’s speed makes her a threat on the bases as she has stolen 28 bags and only has been caught once. Bella King’s 75 innings pitched has produced five wins and 17 strikeouts.
The T-Birds rely on a balanced attack at the plate as four players have produced 10 or more hits. Mia Valcke has connected on 13 hits for seven RBI, Emma Dorval has added a team high 14 hits and Nicole Salas’ eight RBI’s leads the team. The ‘birds will look to Shelby Kempel’s pitching prowess, which has pitched 42 innings and a team-high seven games started. first year Shae Sever Has been efficient in her 24 innings of work, striking out 33 batters.
Weekend Series vs Oregon Tech Owls
The T-Birds will then shift their focus to an Oregon Tech Owls (16-1) team who have only been defeated once in conference play. The four-game series against the Owls will be split into two double-headers on Saturday April 2nd and 3approx. The series kicks off at 1:30 pm (PT) Saturday afternoon with the second game following. Sunday will see the teams return to Collings Field at Nobel Park a bit earlier, as first pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am (PT).
The Owls powerful offense is one of the best in the NAIA, scoring 284 runs, earning 123 walks, and hitting into 25 sacrifice flies. Kaila Mick has produced a team leading 51 hits while driving in 24 RBI and stealing 21 bases. The visitor’s lineup contains seven players who have drove in 20 or more RBI this season. UBC will try to challenge Owls senior pitcher Sarah Abramson, who brings an 18-2 record into play while striking out 138 batters.