Feb. 19, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - Air Force baseball (1-2) went with the small ball to down Alcorn State 6-1 for its first win of the season Sunday morning at LSU's Alex Box Stadium. The Falcons return to action at 2 p.m., taking on LSU.
Back-to-back squeeze bunts in the eighth inning by Matthew Roberts and Blair Roberts (no relation), broke up a 1-1 tie. The Air Force pitching staff also pitched well, holding Alcorn State to just six hits and pitched seven scoreless innings to close out the game.
After posting a run in the first off an RBI-double by Alex Bast, the Falcon offense stalled till late in the game. With runners on second and third and one out, Matthew Roberts bunted in pinch-runner Jake Schomaker to break up the 1-1 tie. Blair Roberts then bunted in pinch-runner David Baska to make it a 3-1 game.
The Falcons continued with the small ball in the ninth, as Adam Hill and Garrett Custons got on with bunt singles to start the inning. The Falcons then scored three runs off two wild pitches and a squeeze bunt by Neah Pierce to go up 6-1.
Air Force got a solid pitching performance from starting pitcher Cameron White and relievers Ben Yokley and Alex Baker. White held the Braves to just one run over seven innings, while striking out five for the win. Yokley and Baker pitched back-to-back scoreless innings to close out the game.
Alcorn State (1-2) reliever Ryan Fuentes (0-1) took the loss. Brave starter Mundo Sanchez pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run. Alcorn was led offensively by Jann Butler, who went 3-for-4 with a run.
For the game, Air Force had four sac bunts and three bunt hits. The Falcons had five hits total in the game.