Feb. 7, 2007
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball opened the 2007 season with a doubleheader split with York College. The Falcons took game one, 4-2, and dropped a wild 10-9 contest in game two.
Both games were seven innings.
In the first game, five Falcon pitchers combined to hold the Panthers to two runs and seven hits while striking out 10. Jake Petro earned the win with two predetermined innings pitched in the start. Mitch Brown and Juan Perez both tossed scoreless innings and Alex Truesdale allowed one in two innings of relief. David Miller picked up the save in the seventh.
Ahead 2-1 in the sixth, the Falcons added two insurance runs to make it a 4-1 game. Tate singled in Alexander and later scored on Jason Griggs' pinch-hit double.
Game two was a wild see-saw affair that saw the Falcons erase a 6-0 defecit, only to give the game away with two runs in the seventh.
York scored a run in the first, four in the second and one more in the third to jump ahead 6-0 after the top of the third. The Falcons rallied with five in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a monster three-run home run to left by Karl Bolt, to pull to within one.
After the Cougars pushed across a run in the top of the fourth, the Falcons responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 8-7. Bolt ripped a two-run double off the fence in center and then scored on Ausbun's sacrifice fly.
York and AFA traded runs in the sixth to make it a 9-8 game.
The Panthers then tied the game in the seventh on a successful squeeze bunt with the bases loaded. York then went ahead on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch.
Air Force had 14 hits in game two. Bolt led the way going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI. Salazar, Griggs, Meents and Alexander also had two hits with Alexander smacking two doubles.
Peterson took the loss in game two. Starter Gary Whiteman struggled in his debut, allowing five runs on three hits in one inning of work. Daniel Richardson, Casey Allen and Michael Ruvolo also saw action in relief.
Thirteen Falcon freshmen made their debut in the doubleheader.
Air Force returns to action this weekend taking on Northern Colorado in a three-game set in Greeley, Feb. 9-11.