Air Force Downs #24 Fresno State in First Game of Halted Doubleheader
March 8, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball defeated #24 Fresno State, 6-2, in game one of its doubleheader Saturday at Falcon Field. Game two was halted after six innings of play due to darkness. Fresno State holds a 6-5 lead in game two.
The game will be resumed tomorrow at 11 a.m., followed by the series finale immediately after.
In game one, starting pitcher Cameron White (1-2) and a pair of relievers combined to hold the Bulldogs to seven hits in the 6-2 win.
Trailing 2-0, Air Force (4-6, 1-3) went ahead with a four-run fifth inning. The Falcons tacked on two more runs in the seventh.
White scattered five hits, while striking out a career-high 10 in six innings pitched. Sophomore Bo Wilson tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings and freshman Nathan Stanford worked a scoreless ninth.
The Falcons had 10 hits in the game. Freshman leftfielder Tyler Jones went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. His three-run double in the fifth gave Air Force its lead. Junior third baseman Noah Pierce and freshman shortstop Russell Williams added two hits each. Pierce and junior centerfielder David Thomas added two runs scored.
Fresno State (9-4, 3-1) scored its runs on a two-run home run by designated hitter Taylor Ward. Bulldog starting pitcher Jordan Brink (2-1) gave up six runs off 10 hits in seven innings pitched. Brink fanned six.
In game two, Fresno State holds a 6-5 lead. Air Force scored a run in the first before Fresno State answered back with two runs in the third. After the Falcons scored a run in the fourth, the Bulldogs scored four in the top of the sixth. Air Force rallied back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was halted due to darkness.