March 2, 2012
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Air Force baseball fell to Gardner-Webb, 8-2, Friday afternoon at J.H. Moss Stadium. The Falcons dropped to 3-5 on the season, while the Runnin' Bulldogs improved to 6-3.
A pair of big innings by Gardner Webb did Air Force in. The Bulldogs had a three-run third and four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Falcons.
Gardner Webb starting pitcher Brock Wilson (2-1) held Air Force to just two hits and two runs in 6.1 innings pitched in the win. Air Force had just four hits on the day.
Air Force starting pitcher Ben Bertelson (0-2) pitched seven innings, allowing four runs while striking out a career-high 10 batters in the loss.
Gardner-Webb took an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run by John Harris. The Bulldogs plated three runs in the third, aided by a pair of Falcon errors.
Air Force got on the board in the fourth inning with both its runs. David Thomas drove in Alex Bast from third with a sac-fly RBI for the first run. Jake Schomaker then followed with an RBI-single to center that scored Blair Roberts.
The Falcon offense was held in check after the fourth, failing to score the rest of the way. Gardner-Webb put the game out of reach in the eighth, scoring four more runs to extend its lead.
The Bulldogs had 10 hits in the game, with right fielder Adam McFarland leading the Bulldogs with two hits and three RBIs.
The Falcons return to action Saturday with a doubleheader at Wofford. First-pitch for game one is slated for 2 p.m. EST.
Notes: Air Force is now 8-8 all-time vs. teams from the Big South conference ... sophomore Shaun Lovett had his first-career collegiate at bat ... sophomore Ryan Kramer recorded his first hit of the season ... AFA starting pitchers have pitched into the 7th inning in four-straight games.