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USA defeats Team Canada 4-3 in 11 innings


Mathew Wilson. Photo by Bob Broughton.
Mathew Wilson. Photo by Bob Broughton.

Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), were defeated by the United States, 4-3, at AVG Draci Brno Stadium, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada falls to 1-3, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while the United States improves to 5-0.

For the second time in four games, at the 2008 World University Baseball Championships, Canada lost a lead late in the game and then fell in 11 innings to their opponent. Tonight Canada built up a three run lead on just two hits and two walks, aided by two US errors that gave the “red and black” a lead going into the bottom of the 8th inning where the US rallied for three runs, on two hits, and one costly Canadian error. The US would go onto defeat Canada on a double and a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning, to send Team Canada to a 1 win and 3 loss record with two critical games remaining against the Czech Republic and Korea, if they are to figure in the Medal side of the Championship.

Team Canada’s Mathew Wilson (Bucknell) was the story of the game, the Senior pitcher gave Head Coach Terry McKaig eight strong innings giving up 6 hits, striking out 4, walking only one, while giving up no earned runs due to the error in the US three-run 8th inning. “Mat showed us he is a big-time pitcher when he helped Bucknell shutout Florida State, in Florida, during the NCAA Regional Tournament, ” said McKaig. “Tonight’s game was a perfect start for Mat he showed his character, poise and proved he can pitch on the big stage.” Continue reading

Team Canada defeats Lithuania 25-0

World University GamesTeam Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated Lithuania, 25-0, at Skokani-Olomouc Stadium, in Olomouc, CZ. Team Canada improves to 1-2 at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while Lithuania falls to 0-4.

Canada came out strong and took control of the game from the first pitch as veteran Adam Reynolds (Guelph) retired the side with the help of catcher Jeff Vickers (Lamar) throwing out a runner trying to steal second on the third play of the game. Canada quickly went to work offensively as they scored twice in the first and added six more in the second and never looked back as they won by 25 runs, the team’s largest margin of victory in the three World University Games Canada has participated in. Continue reading

Japan defeats Canada, 7-6 in 11 innings

Jon Syrnyk. Photo by Bob Broughton.
Jon Syrnyk. Photo by Bob Broughton.

Brno, CZ – Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), was defeated by Japan, 7-6, at AVG Draci Brno Stadium, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada falls to 0-2 at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while Japan improves to 2-0.

For the second straight night, Team Canada fell behind early as they spotted Japan four runs over the first three innings. However Team Canada, like it did on Friday Night, used the big inning to come from behind and tie the game at 4 all in the top of the 5th inning. Canada would then take a page out of Japan’s playbook and play “small ball” scoring once each in the 6th and 7th inning, on just one hit, to take a two run lead into the bottom of the 9th inning where Japan would score twice, on three hits, to send the game into extra innings. In the extra frames Team Canada reached base in both innings but was unable to score the go ahead run. Japan left two men on in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Takeshi Hosoyamada in the bottom of the 11th inning. Continue reading

Chinese Taipei defeats Team Canada 6-4

Ken Fuglerud. Photo by Bob Broughton
Ken Fuglerud. Photo by Bob Broughton

Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), was defeated by Chinese Taipei, 6-4, at AVG Draci Brno Stadium, in Brno, CZ. This was the first game for both teams at the 4th World University Baseball Championships.

Team Canada started strong and were hurt by inning ending double plays in both the first and second innings of the game. Canada’s Thain Simon (Santa Clara) started strong on the mound as he held Taipei scoreless through the first two innings, striking out two batters. The third inning was the main story of the tonight’s game, in the top of the third inning, Chinese Taipei changed pitchers and brought in Kai-Wen Cheng, who retired Team Canada in order for the first time in the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Chinese Taipei scored five runs off Simon, while only managing one extra base hit a double in the middle of the rally. Continue reading

World University Games preview: Team Canada

UBC/Team Canada Coach Terry McKaig. Photo by Dan Ashman.
UBC/Team Canada Coach Terry McKaig. Photo by Dan Ashman.

Coach Terry McKaig has put together a team consisting mostly of Division I players, plus six members of his NAIA British Columbia team.

Key position players:

1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton, Red Deer, AB) A Junior who started all 56 games for the Flyers. He hit .306, and led the Flyers with eight home runs and 42 RBI.

OF Ken Fuglerud (Saint Mary’s, Lethbridge, AB) hit .351 with three home runs and 25 RBI for the Gaels. He is a Senior.

OF Grant Kveder (Gonzaga, Lethbridge, AB) A Junior transfer from the College of Southern Idaho, where he was an Academic All-American. He hit .322 with 31 RBI.

C/1B Ryan Pilgrim (British Columbia, Pitt Meadows, BC) A Junior who hit .324 with four home runs and 31 RBI for the Thunderbirds. He has hit well in Team Canada’s pre-tournament exhibition games.

SS Sammie Starr (British Columbia, Toronto) Very good glove guy (.959 fielding), hit .268 with two home runs and 15 RBI. He is a Sophomore. Continue reading

Team Canada ends pre-tournament play with double-header split

Ryan PilgrimTeam Canada finished their exhibition series with a split of two seven-innings games with the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second 4-1.

The Bulldogs were playing with a makeshift roster because four of their regulars were playing for Team Canada. There was a “family feud” factor; Team Canada’s Head Coach, Terry McKaig, and two of the assistant coaches, Cav Whitely and Shawn Corness, are on the British Columbia coaching staff. The Bulldogs Coach, Connor Janes, is another British Columbia assistant coach. Seven British Columbia players and one incoming recruit saw action for the Bulldogs; five British Columbia players played for Team Canada.

First game: Jon Hesketh (New Mexico) and Geoff Burke (British Columbia) combined for the shutout. Each of them gave up one hit. Hesketh, a 38th round draft pick in 2006, got the win; he went four innings, struck out three.

Both of Burnaby Collegiate’s runs came in the fourth inning. David Dick (British Columbia) got an infield hit. He scored when Mike Caleb (Douglas College) reached on an error. Caleb was batted in by Jack Thompson (Douglas College). Continue reading

Team Canada gets a shutout

Marshall MacDonaldTeam Canada got a big offensive performance from 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton), and Mark Hardy (British Columbia), Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern), and Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) combined for a 7-0 win over the Burnaby Bulldogs of the (Vancouver-area) Pacific Metro Baseball League.

MacDonald hit a two-run home run, an RBI double, and a base hit, and was 3-4 for the game. Hardy went five innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. The Bulldogs hit loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a hit, an error that spoiled what should have been a double play, and a walk. However, a ground ball resulted in a force out at home, and another ground ball got Hardy out of the inning.

Dabrowiecki came in in the sixth inning, and struck out the side. He pitched two more innings, and got three more strikeouts. He allowed one hit and one walk. Garcia, who has pitched the ninth inning of all three of Canada’s games, retired all three batters he faced. Continue reading

Team Canada goes to 2-0 in exhibition play

World University GamesCanada’s entry in the World University Games defeated the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Major Baseball League 12-1 Wednesday night. RF Ken Fuglerud (Saint Mary’s) hit a two-run home run, went 2-3 with 3 RBI. 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton) also hit a two-run home run, went 2-4 with 4 runs scored. LF Grant Kveder (Gonzaga) went 3-5 with an RBI, and DH Jeff Vickers (Lamar) went 3-6 with 2 RBI. Continue reading

Team Canada wins first exhibition game

http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11335.phpThe Canadian entry in the World University Games Baseball Championship defeated the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League 6-5 before a crowd of 1,505 in Okotoks, Alberta.

Team Canada’s offense was led by  C Jeff Vickers (Lamar), who hit a two-run home run in the third inning. The winning run came in the fifth, on an RBI single by DH Ryan Pilgrim (British Columbia). Pilgrim was 2-4 for the game. RF Jon Syrnyk (British Columbia) was also 2-4. Continue reading

Team Canada announces roster and schedule for 4th World University Games

World University GamesOTTAWA – Terry McKaig, Team Leader and Head Coach of Team Canada’s (CIS) World University Baseball Games team is pleased to announce the 22 student-athletes that will be participating in the 4th World University Baseball Games Tournament. The Canadian team is made up of student-athletes who participated in the CIS (OUA), NAIA and NCAA.

“I feel very confident that we will make a run for the medal podium with the group of talented student-athletes that we were able to assemble in such a short time,” said McKaig. While the breakdown of student-athletes is mostly based in the USA, six members of the University of British Columbia’s squad, who play in the NAIA, and two student-athletes from the OUA (Ontario) one from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo will represent Canadian based schools. Continue reading