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Sammie Starr

Monday, 03 December 2007 09:53

Sammie is a junior from Toronto, and has been the regular shortstop for the past two seasons.

As the team’s leadoff batter, he has an on-base percentage of .472, and is batting .339 as of April 15. 

In 2007, he hit .320, with three doubles, 11 RBI. In the field, he started 24 double plays, and had a fielding percentage of .948.

In 2008, he hit .268, with two home runs and 15 RBI. His fielding percentage was .959.

He played for Canada at the World University Games in Brno during the Summer of 2008.

Article by Howard Tsumura in The Province: UBC shortstop Sammie Starr has the game to match his ‘superstar’ name

Jeff, a senior from Calgary, is, as of April 15, the team’s ERA leader. He has been used exclusively in relief, and has allowed only two runs in 16 1/3 innings (ten appearances), giving him an ERA of 1.10. He has struck out eight.

Jeff came to the Thunderbirds from the Prairie Baseball Academy. His numbers in 2008 were ten appearances, four starts, 1-1, 7.99 ERA, 23 2/3 innings pitched, and 12 strikeouts.

Jon Syrnyk

A senior from Langley, Jon has set a school record for stolen bases in a season, 21 as of April 28. He is hitting .331, and leads the team with seven home runs. He also leads the team with three triples. His fielding percentage is .967.

Jon hit .336 with 2 home runs and 29 RBI in 2008. In the outfield, he had only one error on the season, and a fielding percentage of .989.

Jon hit .290 with four home runs in 2007. He hit for the cycle against College of Idaho on March 31, and tied an NAIA record by hitting three triples against Corban on April 14. He set a school record with seven triples on the season. He lead the team with 28 RBI.

In 2006, he hit .251 with a home run and 11 RBI in 51 at-bats.

He played for Canada at the World University Games in Brno during the summer of 2008.

Mark Hardy

A junior LHP from Campbell River, Mark played for Team Canada at the World University Games in Brno, and received the “Best ERA” award.

Mark had 14 starts in 2008.  He had a 6-6 record, with an ERA of 4.67 and 54 strikeouts.

His numbers for 2007 were 0-2, 5.61 ERA in six starts in 33 2/3 innings pitched. What turned some heads, however, is that two of the starts became wins against Lewis-Clark State, but he wasn’t the pitcher of record for them.

During the summer of 2007, he played for the Nanaimo Coal Miners team that won the Western Canada championship.

Shawn Hetherington

An RHP from Tsawassen, Shawn has made 21 relief appearances for the Thunderbirds as of April 28, and leads the team with eight saves. In 26 1/3 innings, he has struck out 19, and allowed 19 hits. His won-lost is 1-1, and his ERA is 2.39

Shawn is a transfer from the University of Calgary, which competes in the CCBC with Thompson Rivers and Kwantlen. He was the ace of the Dinos’ pitching staff for two years, and had a record of 5-3 in 2008.

He has also played for the White Rock Tritons, and played for the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs during the Summer of 2008.

Ryan Pilgrim

A senior from Pitt Meadows, Ryan started 40 games last year, mostly at first base, but occasionally catcher. He hit .324, with four home runs and a team-leading 31 RBI.

Ryan played for Team Canada at the World University Games in Brno during the summer of 2008. He hit .267, but drew a team-best six walks. He had two starts at third base, and played first base the rest of the time.

Ryan came to UBC from Central Arizona College, where he batted .341 with a team-leading 18 doubles, and was selected to the all-conference team.

Nic Lendvoy

A junior outfielder from Langley. Nic hit .253 with a home run and 10 RBI in an injury-shortened 2008 season.

He led the team in hitting in 2007, with an average of .340. He had 14 doubles (also best on the team), two home runs, and 22 RBI.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2008 15:20

Alex White

Photo by Bob Broughton
Alex is a junior from Richmond, and has been excellent at second base for the Thunderbirds. He hit .290 with 22 RBI and fielded .968 in 2008. He played for Canada in the World University Games in Brno during the summer of 2008, and hit .389.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:04

Eric Brown

Eric is a sophomore RHP from Thunder Bay, ON. As of April 16, he is 3-1, 2.19 ERA, and 27 strikeouts.

He had ten starts in 2008. His record was 5-1, 4.42 ERA, 28 strikeouts. He put in a very good performance in the Region I tournament against Concordia-Portland; four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Scott Webster

A junior from Coquitlam, Scott was a DH, a starting pitcher, and first baseman in 2008. He hit .282, had 22 RBI, and 5 home runs (tied for the team lead). On the mound, he was 1-3, 8.31 ERA. He played for the Canadian team that went to the World University Games in Brno during the summer of 2008, and pitched three scoreless innings.

In 2007, he hit .218 with 2 home runs. He was 0-2, 9.35 ERA on the mound.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:05

Ben Torrie

Ben, a senior, is from Mission Viejo, CA, and came to UBC from Glendale CC. He has been the starting catcher for most of this season, As of May 5, he is batting .313, has 21 RBI, and has thrown out nine baserunners attempting to steal.

Article by Steve Ewen in The Province: He’ll hit it, eventually

Taylor King

An RHP from Nanaimo, Taylor came to UBC from Pierce College in the Los Angeles area. His college career started at Cal State-Northridge, but he ran into arm trouble followed by surgery. He had two starts in the series against the French Senior National Team in 2007, and pitched six scoreless innings in the first one.

His 2008 season ended, after only two starts, with an injury. His numbers were 1-1, 5.25 ERA.

Mike Elias

Mike, from North Delta, is in his second season, and has been the regular starter in right field. As of April 16, he is batting .330, with four home runs, and 30 RBI. One of the home runs was the first ever hit out of Thunderbird Park, on March 13, 2009.

As a freshman in 2008, Mike hit .283, with 7 RBI.

Dan Britton-Foster

A freshman RHP from  Ladysmith, BC. As of May 2, Dan is 3-2, 3.15 ERA, with 31 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings pitched. He has been used mostly in relief during the 2009 season.

Dan played for the Canadian Junior National Team and the Nanaimo Pirates in 2008. His numbers for the Pirates are 4-3 W-L, 2.20 ERA, 63 strikeouts and only seven walks in 51 innings pitched. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in the BC Premier League.

He also played for the BC Scout Team in 2008. in 2007, he pitched for the BC team at the Canada Cup, and pitched seven shutout innings (two hits, 11 strikeouts) in the semifinal.

Bob Foerster
Monday, 03 December 2007 08:34
Bob Foerster is a transfer from Kwantlen College, and plays third base. He is also an alumnus of the Langley Blaze. He hit .198 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI during the 2008 season. He played for the Kelowna Falcons during the summer of 2008.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:12

Josh Brink
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 11:51
Photo by Bob Broughton
Josh is a senior from Abbotsford, and a transfer from Western Nevada College. His record for 2008 was 2-3, 5.40 ERA.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2008 15:45

Ashton Florko
Friday, 09 January 2009 17:42
Ashton FlorkoA junior left-hand pitcher who has been used mostly as a reliever, Ashton is the only Thunderbird taken in the MLB draft during the past two seasons; in the 45th round by the Cubs in 2008.

His numbers in 2008 were 1-0, 5.33 ERA, 24 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings pitched and 21 appearances.

He transferred to UBC from Lewis-Clark State. He pitched only two innings for the Warriors, gave up two hits, struck out three.

He is from Trail, BC, and played for the Trail Orioles team that won the 2008 BC Senior Mens Provincial Championship.

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