Feb. 17, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - Air Force baseball opened the 2012 season with a 7-5 loss to Alcorn State Friday morning at LSU's Alex Box Stadium. The Falcons return to action later tonight, taking on LSU at 7 p.m. (CST).
Air Force could not hold a 5-0 lead as Alcorn State scored seven unanswered runs to rally to the win. After scoring its first run of the game in the sixth, the Braves put up a five-run seventh inning to take the lead.
The Falcons got a solid opening outing out of starting pitcher Evan Abrecht. Abrecht held Alcorn State in check for most of the game, holding the Braves scoreless through his first five innings. The senior pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs while striking out one.
Air Force had seven hits in the game, led by catcher Garrett Custons. Custons went 3-for-4 with three doubles in his first three at bats. Leftfielder and leadoff hitter Taylor Ausbun also played well, going 2-for-4 in his Falcon debut.
Jack Hourin, Mike Kazakoff and Matt Zettler pitched in relief for the Falcons. Zettler kept the Falcons in the game, with two hitless innings of relief to close out the game. Hourin (0-1) took the loss for the Falcons.
Alcorn State had nine hits on the day, seven by the one-two hitters in the lineup combined. Alvin Jackson went 3-for-5 and Joshua Powell went 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Reliever Joseph Camp (1-0) picked up the win for the Braves. Starting pitcher Steve Easter pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five runs.
In the third inning, Tyler Saleck had a sac-fly RBI, Blair Roberts drew a bases loaded walk and Ausbun had an RBI-single to put the Falcons up 5-0.
Alcorn State scored a run in the sixth and then had the five-run seventh. the Braves tacked on one more run in the eighth.
Notes: Five Falcons made their debut's and three had their first-career starts: Taylor Ausbun (LF), Noah Pierce (3B) and Tyler Saleck (1B) started for AFA...David Thomas (1B) and Casey Gibson (PH) also made their debuts in late-game subsitutions...Air Force is now 32-24 all-time in season openers...Air Force is now 1-3 all-time vs. SWAC schools.