Feb. 16, 2014
***Updated Feb. 18***
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Air Force baseball fell 6-0 to Texas State in final day action at the Texas State Invitational Sunday afternoon in front of 1,904 fans at Bobcat Ballpark. The Falcons moved to 1-2 on the season, while the Bobcats improved to 2-1.
Texas State broke open a 1-0 pitchers' duel with five runs in the sixth inning to pull away. Three Bobcat pitchers combined to hold Air Force to two base hits.
The Falcon pitching staff had five pitchers combined to allow just one earned run.
After plating a run in the fourth, Texas State jumped further ahead with the big sixth inning. Highlighting the sixth was a three-run homer by first baseman Tanner Hill. Texas State had seven hits in the game.
Air Force starting pitcher Steven Trojan (0-1) worked 5.1 innings, scattering three hits and allowing one earned run. The sophomore struck out four and walked three.
The Falcon bullpen did not allow an earned run. Sophomore Trent Monaghan, junior Ben Yokley and freshmen Travis Neubeck and Jacob DeVries combined to toss the remaining 2.2 innings. Neubeck and DeVries made their pitching debuts.
Junior centerfielder David Thomas had Air Force's first base hit in the second inning. Freshman Bradley Haslam added a pinch hit later in the game. Senior first baseman Seth Kline also reached base by drawing a walk.
Texas State starting pitcher Austen Williams (1-0) struck out eight in 7.1 innings pitched for the win. Ross Goebel and Hunter Lemke closed out the game in relief.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, Feb. 21-23, taking on Navy at the Freedom Classic in Kinston, N.C.