Air Force Outlasts Colorado School of Mines, 12-10
March 16, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team rallied to down the Colorado School of Mines 12-10 Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win improves the Falcons to 5-12 and dropped the Orediggers to 5-9.
With a full count and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and trailing 9-8, Garrett Custons hit a bases loaded double off the fence in left--into the wind--to clear the bases and give the Falcons an 11-9 lead.
The win salvaged a near-loss for the Falcons after CSM erased an 8-1 lead with an eight-run eighth inning that featured six runs with two outs.
Air Force racked up 15 hits in the game with Custons and fellow freshman Alex Bast collecting three hits each. Air Force's 1-2-3 hitters, Custons, K.J. Randhawa and Addison Gentry combined for nine RBIs. Custons, Gentry and Randhawa drove in three runs each.
Evan Abrecht (1-3) picked up the win for the Falcons, pitching the final 1.1 innings. Air Force used nine pitchers in the game, seven of which were freshmen and two were sophomores. Andrew Loyd started for the Falcons, striking out three in a scoreless first inning.
Colorado School of Mines had 15 hits as well. Five players had two hits, led by leadoff hitter Craig Matsuda, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Oredigger reliever Marco Pena (0-1) took the loss. Ben Smiley started for CSM and allowed four runs in two innings pitched.
The Falcons swiped seven bases in the game, with Custons and Nathan Carter stealing a pair each.
Air Force jumped ahead early with four runs in the second. After CSM scored a run in the third, the Falcons added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to lead 8-1.
Air Force returns to action Friday, March 19, beginning a four-game road stand at Hawai'i First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. HST (10:35 p.m. MST).