March 7, 2007
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Karl Bolt hit for the cycle and drove in four runs to lead Air Force to a 8-3 win over Colorado Christian in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon at All-Star Park. The win improves the Falcons to 5-11 on the season and CCU falls to 6-8.
Bolt went 4-for-5 on the day with three runs and the four RBI. Chay Derbigny also shined for the Falcons, hitting his first-career homer and stealing two bases. The cycle was the first by a Falcon since Tony Shockley accomplished the feat against Hawai'i on March 27, 2003.
Freshman David Miller (1-1) picked up his first-career win, tossing three scoreless innings in the start. Miller allowed just one hit and walk while striking out two. Miller was credited with the win as the three innings was predetermined. CCU starter David Hendricks (1-3) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings pitched.
Air Force got on the scoreboard first as Derbigny drilled a solo home run in the third inning, a line shot to left, putting the Falcons ahead 1-0.
The Falcons made it a 2-0 game with a run in the second. Bolt beat out a grounder to the shortstop for an infield single to lead off the inning. He later came around to score on Addison Gentry's two out single.
Air Force scored another run in the sixth inning making it a 3-0 ballgame. Geno Salazar led off the inning on a fielding error by the pitcher. After stealing second, Salazar scored on a double to right-center by Bolt.
Colorado Christian scored a run in the seventh, piecing together three hits to make it a 3-1 game. McCoy Worthington singled to right, scoring Michael Cavazos.
In the eighth, Bolt made it a 5-1 game with a two-run homer off the hitter's eye in straightaway center.
CCU pulled to within two with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Falcons scored three run in the ninth by taking advantage of a fielding error. Salazar began a two out rally by drawing a walk. CCU centerfielder Worthington then lost a fly ball in the sun that was hit by Tyler McBride to keep the inning alive. Bolt then tripled to right-center to bring in Salazar and McBride. Matt Alexander then singled in Bolt.
The Falcons had 11 hits in the game. Alexander and Gentry both had two hits and Salazar scored a pair of runs out of the leadoff spot. The Falcons used four relievers in game. Casey Allen pitched two scoreless innings and Juan Perez also logged two innings. Alex Truesdale gave up two unearned runs in the eighth and Mitch Brown closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
CCU had 10 hits in the game. Worthington, Cavazos and Scott Myers had two hits apiece for the Cougars.
The Falcons return to action this Friday, March 9, at home against Wright State beginning at 2 p.m.