Welcome to British University Baseball

Welcome to unibaseball.co.uk, home of the British University Baseball Association.

BUBA is the governing and regulatory body responsible for all university and college baseball played throughout the United Kingdom. Founded in 2007 as a means of making university baseball more efficient and effective, BUBA has grown into a large organisation responsible for large numbers of players, and all official competitions.

BUBA’s showpiece tournament, the Spring League runs from February to June and features some of the best baseball that British students have to offer. BUBA is actively involved in the promotion and development across the country and can provide encouragement and support to new and start-up clubs. If you would like to know more about how BUBA can help you get baseball going at your university, please contact us at exec@unibaseball.co.uk.

The British University Baseball Association today announced a breakthrough deal that will see all member clubs and players given the opportunity to purchase sports equipment and supplements and uniforms at a discounted rate. BUBA has teamed up with Forelle, the dutch equipment supplier to offer all members special prices on bats, gloves, field equipment, apparel and much much more.

The multi-year deal will typically provide discounts of between 20-30% on standard retail prices, thus enabling clubs to spend less time on fundraising, and more on development and expansion.

To take advantage of this great deal all you have to do is log on to the Forelle website at http://www.forelle.com and choose the items you would like to order from their catalogue. Note down the product codes and then send an email to exec@unibaseball.co.uk quoting what you would like. BUBA will prepare you an invoice (with the discounted prices) for payment to the association. On receipt of your payment, BUBA will place an order with Forelle on your behalf.

John Irving, BUBA’s Director of Operations described the deal as “…a fantastic step in the right direction for university baseball. If we can get more and more companies to see the benefits in becoming a BUBA corporate partner, the increased funding would allow for the rapid and continual expansion of this great game amongst the student community. The partnership with Forelle will help to ease the financial pressure on start-up clubs whilst allowing individuals to purchase their own equipment at amazing prices.”

The 18th and 19th of October saw the first ever British University baseball championships being played at Nottingham’s Grove Farm sports fields. University baseball competitions have been run on and off for the past 10 years in the UK, but this was the first official student-only tournament, run under the watchful eye of the newly formed British University Baseball Association (BUBA).

Five team took part in the event, the University of Durham Bishops, the UEA Blue Sox, the University of Southampton Mustangs, and joint favourites, the University of Oxford Kings and the University of Nottingham Thieves.

The Thieves, hoping to make it three straight university competitions in a row, breezed through the first round of matches, qualifying for the semi-finals with two comfortable victories. There they were joined by the Kings, who looked in particularly ominous form, dismantling UEA in the opening game of the tournament, before star pitcher Thomas O’Ban threw a no-hitter against the University of Durham. A 5-5 tie in the final group game saw the Mustangs and the Blue Sox gain the point needed to pip Durham into the semi-finals.

The Thieves fancied themselves to beat longtime rivals Southampton in the first semi-final, but found themselves staring down the barrel after digging themselves a 4-0 hole in the first inning, punctuated by a 3 run shot from Mustangs outfielder Lin. A superb relief performance from Nottingham head coach Tatsuya Yogo, in his first outing off the DL, quietened the Mustang bats however, giving the Thieves the chance to claw their way back into the game, leaving it delicately poised 6-6 with two innings to go. But long balls from Adam Brown and Craig Sinclair soon broke the deadlock, leaving Nottingham the eventual 12-6 winners.

Grove Farm was rocked by a remarkable result over in the second semi-final where a much improved performance from the UEA offense saw them gain revenge for their first round drubbing by the Kings, as they tore into the Oxford pitching with 13 base-hits, seeing them hold off several Oxford comebacks to sneak through 14-11. Zach Garlitos picked up the win for the Blue Sox.

So onto the final, which saw the Thieves and the Blue Sox battle it out for a place in history. It all looked over bar the shouting as the Thieves strolled out to a 7-1 advantage after only two innings, but, perhaps distracted by the BBQ on the sidelines, complacency crept in, and Nottingham mistakes allowed UEA to come back strong to take a 9-8 lead going into the final inning.

Galled at the thought of throwing it all away, the Thieves cleared their heads and rallied with a 5 run inning, and shut down the UEA offense to record a famous victory by 14 runs to 9.
Oxford gained some consolation in the plate final by ousting the University of Durham 15-5, with home runs from Tom Williams, Dan Semelsberger, and a grandslam from Paul Boland leading the way.