Feb. 20, 2011
SAN MARCOS, Texas -The Air Force baseball team (2-2) split a pair of games Sunday at the Texas State Tournament at Bobcat Stadium. The Falcons defeated Washington (1-2) 16-10 in their first game and fell to Texas State (2-1) 9-4 in game two.
In game one, Air Force scored in each of the first seven innings and built a 16-2 lead before ultimately winning 16-10.
The Falcons pounded out 18 hits in the game with Garrett Custons, Blair Roberts and Patrick Lobo racking up three hits each for the Falcons. Custons, Nathan Carter and Parker Mayo also homered for the Falcons.
Air Force scored two in the first, three in the second and third innings to lead comfortably 8-0. The Falcons went on to put up multiple runs in three of the next four innings.
The Falcons got solid starting pitching for the third-straight game, as junior lefty Michael Ceci (1-0) held the Huskies to two runs off five hits in seven innings. Cameron White, Luke Dorlac and Mike Kazakoff also pitched in relief.
All nine starters in the batting lineup recorded a hit and run for the Falcons. Lobo, making his Falcon debut, went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Custons went 3-for-6 in the game with a triple, three runs and three RBIs.
In game two, Texas State jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held off Air Force in the 9-4 ballgame. The Bobcats did their damage early, scoring four in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth.
Air Force rallied with two runs in the fifth and one each in the eighth and ninth.
Texas State starting pitcher Colton Turner (1-0) held AFA to two runs off six hits, while striking out five in five innings.
Air Force had nine hits in the game. Blair Roberts and Lobo led the Falcons with two hits each. Mayo added his second homer of the day.
Texas State had nine hits as well. Casey Kalenkosky, Kyle Kubitza and Jeff McVaney homered for the Bobcats.
Air Force returns to action Friday, Feb. 25, beginning a three-game neutral-site set vs. Navy in Kinston, N.C.
Game One Notes: Seth Kline made his first-career start for the Falcons...Dorlac made his Falcon debut...Brad Pingel had his first plate appearance for the Falcons...Air Force is now 2-1 all-time vs. Washington and 6-37 all-time vs. schools from the Pac 10...Ceci notched a career-high for innings pitched and won his first came since 2009...Air Force starting pitchers have pitched six-plus innings in three consecutive games for the first time since 2007.
Game Two Notes: Air Force played Texas State for the first-time...AFA is 1-2 all-time vs. teams from the Southland Conference...AFA batted .296 for the weekend, had an ERA of 4.89 and fielded .943.