March 1, 2013
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Air Force hung on to a 4-3 victory over St. Bonaventure at the Snowbird Classic at Friday afternoon at the North Charlotte Regional Park. The Falcons (3-6) have now won three of their last four games.
Holding a 4-1 lead, St. Bonaventure (2-4) clawed their way back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it a one-run game. With the game-tying runner on base and the go-ahead run up to bat, freshman reliever Bo Wilson retired Bonnie third baseman Billy Urban to end the game. Wilson picked up his first-career save for the Falcons.
Air Force got another stellar outing from starting pitcher Cameron White (1-2). White gave the Falcons eight innings and struck out five in the win. The junior right-hander held St. Bonaventure scoreless for the first seven innings, allowing one run in the eighth.
Freshman designated hitter Peter Johnson highlighted Air Force's 10 hits on the day. Johnson went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. His RBI single in the seventh gave the Falcons its important fourth run.
St. Bonaventure had 12 hits on the day. Four Bonnies had two hits. Leadoff hitter Eric Jutca was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI. Starting pitcher Eddie Gray (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in seven innings pitched.
The Falcons took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the second. Air Force tacked on two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
The ceremonial first pitch for the game was tossed out by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Larry L. Twitchell, former Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, U.S. Central Command, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Defense Representative to Saudi Arabia.
Air Force returns to action tomorrow with two games in nearby Punta Gorda, Fla. The Falcons take on Mount St. Mary's at 3 p.m. EST and follow with a game against Georgetown. Both games will be played at South County Regional Park.