McKaig Gets Win #500 At UBC

April 18, 2014

The UBC Thunderbirds celebrated a big milestone for head coach Terry McKaig with win #500.
With the sweep, UBC improves to 27-11 overall and 18-8 in the conference. They came into this series off a tough two-week road stretch, which they escaped with a one-game lead in the chase for home field advantage in the NAIA West Tournament. Now they can lock up hosting rights for the tourney with another sweep on Saturday, or with a win and at least one loss from Corban in their series against Lewis-Clark State.
"We did have a couple tough road weekends against two teams that are playing quite well right now in College of Idaho and Corban, so once we got through there we knew we had to use this weekend not only as a chance to wrap up home field, but also as a chance to get ready to be playing playoff baseball," Mckaig said.
"We did a good job today and it started on the mound. Callegari and Lillis-White helping throw two shutouts gives your offence a lot of time to get things sorted out and I thought our approach was pretty good at the plate today. Simpson has pitchers that you have to sit back on a bit and go the other way or up the middle, and we had some good at-bats so it was a good day."
The win in game one also marked number 500 in McKaig's career as heading up Thunderbirds baseball. His overall record, which includes two seasons of exhibition play is now 501-332-1. Since UBC began play as a varsity program in the NAIA, McKaig is 467-287-1.
"That's a milestone that a lot of college coaches look at and I'm really proud of getting to 500. That's quite an accomplishment, and a lot of it goes to the players because those are the guys who win games for you, so it's more of a testament to the program we've built here at UBC. I don't do it very often, but today's a day I can sit back a bit and be really proud of what we've done because 500 is a real accomplishment."
The 'Birds certainly gave McKaig a lot to be proud of on Friday, outscoring Simpson 15-0 on 31 total hits in the doubleheader.

UBC and Simpson finish off their series with another doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The T-Birds will also be celebrating their senior players as they wrap up the regular season looking to secure home field advantage.

Courtesy of Lee Dorner (Sports Information Assistant)
Photo courtesy of Rich Lam

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