VIU Mariner Baseball Season Opener

March 11th, 2018

The VIU Mariner Baseball team will be playing 13 home games of the 30 game schedule in the 2018 Canadian Baseball Collegiate Conference and it all begins March 24th.

First up are the University of Calgary Dinos, games at 12:05pm and 3:05pm and then again on March 25th at 9:05am and 12:05pm.

Mark your calendar, other home games include ...April 7th vs UFV 12:05 and 3:05pm, and April 22nd vs UFV 12:05pm and 3:05pm, April 24th 1:05pm.

All home games played at the Serauxman Stadium, weather permitting.

CCBC website

Mariner Baseball Club webiste (Stats, Exh and away game schedule)


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Who are the key returners? 

Austin Gurr will return as the ace of the VIU pitching staff after winning co- Pitcher of the Year in 2017. The Mariners are also returning the middle of their defense, anchored behind the plate by Lucas Galloway, a junior from Altario, AB. Sophomores Brodan Bydeweg (Langley, BC) and Tanner Hess (Victoria, BC) are the double play combination up the middle joined by Junior Liam Ballance (Parksville, BC) at third. With Senior Tyler Ulrich (Stony Plain, AB) and Sophomore Phil Whelan (Calgary, AB) patrolling the outfield, VIU has the veterans it needs in key positions to bolster a young and talented pitching staff. Two other key veterans returning to help lead VIU are seniors Byran O’Hara (OF, Surrey, BC) and Tim Bunnett (RP, North Delta, BC).

Who are  key freshmans?

Left handed hitting infielder Devin Heck from Camrose, AB heads a strong freshman class for VIU. Pitchers Matt Johnson (Winnipeg, MB) and Jordan Moffat (Richmond, BC) are big additions to the starting pitching staff alongside Gurr that are the front of a solid pitching staff. The bullpen will be a strength for the Mariners, thanks in large part to the addition of talented young arms including Nanaimo products Dylan Kirby and Ethan Dyck. 

Strengths of the 2018 team?

Defense is going to be a strength for the Mariners this year. With a 3rd year starting catcher, returning 3 starting infielders and two starting outfielders. Another major strength is depth throughout the lineup, with talented freshmen and upperclassmen filling in key roles all over the diamond.

Important games scheduled in 2018?   

The Mariners had a very successful 10 day Spring Break trip to Arizona and California in February. Teams they faced included Bethesda University, University of St. Kathrine, Glendale Community College, and Arizona Christian University.