March 2, 2013
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Air Force baseball split its two games at the Snowbird Classic Saturday at the South County Regional Park. The Falcons (4-7) defeated Mount St. Mary's 7-3 in their first game and lost 4-3 to Georgetown in its second game.
In the first game vs. Mount St. Mary's (3-7), the Falcons used a big fourth inning and several insurance runs late to win 7-3. The Falcons also got seven strong innings out of starting pitcher Ben Bertelson (1-1). Bertelson fanned nine batters, while allowing three runs for his first victory of the season.
The Falcons scored four runs in the fourth inning to jump ahead 4-0. Mount St. Mary's closed the gap to one run on a three-run home run in the sixth inning by first baseman Sam Nott.
Air Force then manufactured runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to build a comfortable lead.
The Falcons had 13 hits in the game. Junior first baseman Seth Kline went 3-for-4 with two doubles and and RBI. Senior leftfielder Garrett Custons, senior centerfielder Alex Bast and freshman designated hitter Peter Johnson had two hits each. Senior shortstop Matt Thorne added two RBIs, one via suicide squeeze bunt.
Air Force got two scoreless innings out of its bullpen. Senior righty Jack Hourin pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two. Junior righthander David Baska retired one batter in the ninth and sophomore Ben Yokley closed it out by getting the last two outs of the game.
The Mountaineers had eight hits in the game, led by Nott's homer. Starting pitcher Chris Campbell (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
In the second game vs. Georgetown, the Falcons lost a tough 4-3 ballgame. After AFA rallied to tie the game up in the ninth, the Hoyas pushed across a run in the bottom half of the inning for the walkoff win.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, leadoff hitter Curtiss Pomeroy singled up the middle to score pinch-hitter Nick Collins from second for the game-winning run for Georgetown.
In a tight ballgame throughout, Georgetown scored in the second to take an early lead. The Falcons tied it up with a run in the top of the third, only to have the Hoyas re-take the lead with a run in the bottom-half of the inning. Air Force tied the game back up in the sixth with a run.
Air Force had six hits in the game. Seth Kline had a base hit and RBI and Custons had two RBIs.
Falcon starting pitcher Alex Baker pitched seven quality innings, allowing two runs while striking out nine. Yokley (1-2) took the loss with 1.2 innings of relief.
Georgetown had 10 hits in the game. Four Hoyas had two hits. Reliever Neal Dennison (1-0) picked up the win with 2.2 innings in relief. Starting pitcher Jack Vander Linden allowed two runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
The Falcons wrap up play at the Snowbird Classic tomorrow against Western Michigan. The game will be played at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. First pitch is 10:30 a.m. EST.