Simpson loses two close games to UBC

Simpson University Sports News


VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team traveled to Canada to take on the Thunderbirds from the University of British Columbia in a two-day, four-game weekend series. On Saturday, March 17, the Red Hawks played a doubleheader against the Thunderbirds and dropped both games. They lost game on 6-5 in 11 innings and lost game two 6-2.

Scott McKeen was on the mound for the Red Hawks in game one, taking on Thunderbird starter Tavis Bruce. The Thunderbirds jumped out early, scoring four times in the second inning and another run in the fifth to make the score 5-0 after five innings. Matthew Alton scored the Red Hawks’ first run in the 6th on a wild pitch after he doubled earlier in the inning. Then in the seventh, the Red Hawks added two more runs, both on sacrifice fly’s from Garrett Barnett and Alton. They tied the game up in the ninth, when Barnett had another sacrifice fly, and then Mitch Garcia was walked with the bases loaded to send the game into extra innings. In the 11th inning, UBC’s Nick Senior ended the game on a RBI double. Joshua Yachinich earned the loss, going 3.1 innings and allowing just one run on five hits. Nathan Kirby earned the win for the Thunderbirds, allowing just one hit in two innings of work.

In game two, the Red Hawks sent Rick Hogan to the mound to take on the Thunderbirds’ David Otterman. The T-Bird again jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring once. The Red Hawks took the lead, scoring one run in fourth and fifth innings. Graig Lonergan had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Chuck Matthey scored on a Barnett fielders’ choice to make it 2-1 Red Hawks. The Thunderbirds tied the game in the bottom half of the fifth, before busting it wide open in the seventh by scoring four times putting the game out of reach. Joshua Weise was saddled with the loss, walking two batters and giving up two runs on a hit in just a third of an inning. Matt Trimble earned the win, allowing no runs and one hit in 2.1 innings of relief.

The Red Hawks’ season record is 10-15, and they are 1-8 in the Cascade Conference. They will finish their series with the Thunderbirds on Sunday, March 18, when the will a doubleheader, starting at 11 a.m.


Written by Dan Anderson

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