March 20, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball dropped a wild 11-10 ballgame to Omaha Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 7-13 and improved the Mavericks to 5-9.
The Falcons erased a seven-run deficit with an eight-run seventh inning to take a 9-8 lead. The lead was short lived however, as Omaha rallied with three runs in the eighth and held off the Falcons for the win.
The Falcons had six hitters with at least two hits, combining for 15 total. Junior first baseman Seth Kline led the way, going 4-for-4 with a double. Sophomore third baseman Tyler Saleck added three hits, two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
Falcon sophomore Dillon Freeman (0-1) took the loss in relief. Freshman Trent Monaghan made his first collegiate start for AFA, working 2.1 innings. Senior Todd Del Toro, freshman Bo Wilson and senior Jack Hourin also pitched in relief.
Omaha had 16 hits on the day. Designated hitter Alex Mortensen went 4-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and a home run to lead the Mavericks. Mortensen's two-run RBI hit put Omaha ahead for good in the eighth inning.
Dylan Casey (2-0) picked up the win in relief for UNO. Maverick starter Ethen Marcus went six ininngs, striking out five. Josh Bullock closed out the game for the save.
Omaha jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a run in the first and three in the third. After Air Force plated a run in the fourth, UNO scored four in the fifth to build a 7-1 lead.
The Falcons erased the six-run Maverick lead all in the seventh, scoring eight runs off seven hits, as 12 batters went to bat in the inning.
Omaha rallied with the three runs in the eighth to go back ahead 11-9. The Falcons scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to pull to within two, but were held scoreless in the ninth.
Air Force returns to action Friday, beginning a three-game home conference series with Fresno State. First pitch Friday is 3 p.m.