March 15, 2013
RENO, Nevada - Air Force baseball fell to Nevada, 4-3, in its Mountain West opener Friday afternoon at Peccole Park. The Falcons dropped to 5-11 on the season, while the Wolf Pack improved to 12-6.
It was another tough one-run loss for the Falcons. Air Force's last six losses have been by one run.
Nevada plated two runs in the first and traded runs with the Falcons in the fifth. Air Force scored a run in the ninth and had brought the go-ahead run up to plate. But Nevada reliever Michael Fain was able to retire the final batter to escape the jam.
Junior righthander Cameron White (1-4) took his second-straight complete game loss in the start for AFA. White allowed three runs off seven hits in eight innings pitched, striking out three.
Nevada starting pitcher Bradey Shipley (3-0) pitched eight innings, allowing one run and striking out eight. Fain picked up his sixth save of the season, working the ninth inning.
The Falcons had five hits in the game. Junior first baseman Seth Kline hit a pair of doubles, to go with a run scored. Senior shortstop Matt Thorne added two hits, including a double. Freshman designated hitter Peter Johnson had a hit and RBI.
Third baseman Austin Byler and Rightfielder Brooks Klein had two hits to lead Nevada.
Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow. First pitch is 1 p.m. PST.