March 20, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - Air Force baseball was swept in a doubleheader at Oklahoma (13-9) Tuesday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Falcons (4-14) lost game one, 8-5, and game two, 6-2.
Air Force and Oklahoma were originally slated to play just one game, but decided to move Wednesday's game up and play a doubleheader today due to weather concerns tomorrow.
In game one, Air Force could not hold a 4-1 lead, as Oklahoma rallied with a pair of big middle innings.
Air Force scored two runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. After allowing a run in the bottom of the first, the Falcons went up 4-1 with home runs by Garrett Custons and Alex Bast in the fifth inning.
The lead was short lived as Oklahoma tied the game up in the bottom of the inning, and overtook the Falcons with three more runs in the sixth. The Sooners added a run in the eighth and the Falcons tacked on more more in the ninth.
The Falcons had 11 hits in the game, led by Custons and Bast. Custons went 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and threw out two baserunners from his catcher position. Bast went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Oklahoma had eight hits in the game. Catcher Dylan Niel led the Sooners with three RBIs.
Steve Bruce (1-0) picked up the with in relief for OU. Starter Jacob Rhame was chased from the game after one inning pitched, allowing two runs.
In game two, a four-run third inning was enough for Oklahoma to hold off Air Force. Both team also traded two runs in the sixth inning.
The Falcons had 10 hits in the game, with Custons, Blair Roberts and Matthew Roberts collecting two hits each. Noah Pierce also added a triple. For the day, Custons went 6-for-9 with three runs, two doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
Michael Ceci (1-4) took the loss in the start for the Falcons. Ceci pitched 5.1 innings, allowing six runs, four earned, while striking out four. Kazakoff, David Baska and Alex Baker pitched in relief for the Falcons.
Oklahoma had 11 hits. Designated hitter Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to lead the Sooners.
Starting pitcher Cale Coshow (1-0) picked up the win, holding the Falcons to two runs off five hits in five innings pitched.
After 18-straight on the road to start the season, the Falcons next play their home-opener Friday, March 23, hosting UNLV for a three-game Mountain West Conference series.