Feb. 17, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - Air Force baseball dropped a 10-2 ballgame at #8 LSU Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Falcons fell to 0-2 on the season after falling to Alcorn State 7-5 earlier in the day. The season-opener for the Tigers drew 8,006 fans.
LSU (1-0) jumped ahead 9-1 after just two innings and never looked back. Tiger starting pitcher and Centennial, Colo., native Kevin Gausman (1-0) held the Falcons to run on four hits over six innings, while striking out seven in the win.
Air Force starting pitcher Ben Bertelson (0-1) struggled with his control and lasted just one inning in the loss.
After the first two innings, the Falcon pitching was able to settle down, holding LSU to one run over the next six innings and hitless over the last three. The Falcons used five relievers the rest of the way, as Ben Yokley, David Baska, Jack Hourin, Todd Del Toro and Alex Baker finished the game off in relief.
Garrett Custons scored both runs for Air Force, capping off a solid two games. Custons homered off Gausman in the first and scored on an RBI-single from Alex Bast, after getting on base with a double. On the day, Custons sent 5-for-8 with four doubles and four runs scored.
Air Force had six hits in the game. Second baseman Blair Roberts also had a solid night at the plate, going 2-for-3.
LSU had eight hits on the day. Austin Nola led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. LSU scored five runs in the first and four in the second. They added one more run in the fourth.
Air Force returns to action Saturday, taking on Alcorn State at 11 a.m. back at Alex Box Stadium.
Notes: Brian Sicher made his Falcon debut and first-career start at catcher...Ben Yokley and David Baska made their debuts for the Falcons in relief...Jake Schomaker made his debut as a subsitution in right field...Air Force is now 1-7 all-time vs. SEC opponents.