Air Force Falters In Extra Innings To Santa Clara At Gifford Memorial Tournament Saturday
March 13, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Air Force baseball team dropped an 8-7 game in 10 innings at Santa Clara Saturday at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament at Schott Stadium. The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-11 and improved the Broncos to 6-6.
Air Force came back from a 6-1 deficit with six unanswered runs, but only to have Santa Clara tie the game up with a run in the ninth and then push across the game-winning run in the 10th.
Santa Clara started the game with a run in the first, two in the second and third in the third to jump out to an early 6-1 lead.
The Falcons then rallied back with four runs in the fifth to pull to within one at 6-5. Air Force then overtook Santa Clara with two runs in the sixth to lead 7-6.
The Falcons had 12 hits in the game, but committed a season-high four errors. Junior center fielder Nathan Carter led the Falcons with three hits and two runs scored. Senior designated hitter Matt Alexander added a solo home run and two hits. Freshman right fielder Garret Custons and senior second baseman K.J. Randhawa had two hits as well.
Santa Clara had 16 hits in the game. Geoff Klein, Tommy Medica and Curtis Wagner had three hits each for the Broncos. Wagner also had three RBIs.
Santa Clara reliever Steve Kalush (2-0) picked up the win in relief, not allowing a run in 3.2 innings of work. J.R. Graham picked up the save. Bronco starter Jon Hughes went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs while striking out five.
Air Force reliever Matt Zettler (0-2) took the loss. Falcon starter Sean Carley lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing six runs while striking out two. The Falcon relief corps of Alex Baker, Andrew Loyd, Stephen Colangelo, Evan Abrecht and Ben Bertelson combined to toss 4.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Air Force returns to action Sunday, March 14, playing two games vs. San Jose State. The Falcons and Spartans will resume Friday's rainout beginning at 11 a.m. PST and then play the originally scheduled Sunday game immediately after. The rainout game will resume in the top of the fourth inning with SJSU leading 2-0.
Free internet radio will be available for both Air Force-San Jose State games through sjsuspartans.com.