Air Force Wins 2-1 Pitchers Duel At Charleston Southern
March 24, 2008
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Alex Truesdale and Michael Ruvolo combined to hold Charleston Southern to six hits as Air Force won a 2-1 pitchers duel Monday afternoon at Buccaneer Field. The Falcons are 8-12 on the season while the Buccaneers drop to 9-13.
In his most impressive outing as a Falcon, Truesdale (1-5) picked up his first-career win, holding the Bucs to five hits and one run in eight innings. Ruvolo picked up his fourth save on the season with a scoreless ninth.
Air Force went ahead 1-0 in the third inning as Jon McMahon scored on a sacrifice fly by Chay Derbigny. McMahon led off the inning by reaching on a error and got to second on a ground out by Nathan Carter. McMahon then reached third on a single by K.J. Randhawa and eventually scored on Derbigny's fly out.
The Falcons pushed across their second run by piecing together three consecutive hits in the fifth. With two outs, Randhawa and Derbigny both singled through the right side and then Addison Gentry continued his hot hitting by lacing a single up the middle to score Randhawa.
Gentry has driven in a run in six consecutive games now and has 14 RBIs over that span.
Mark Perry had the Buccaneers' lone RBI, grounding out to second to score junior Jake Cox, who drew two walks on the day as the only player to reach base twice for the Bucs.
The Falcons had eight hits on the day and did not commit an error. Derbigny went 3-for-4 and Randhawa 2-for-4 to pace AFA.
In just 20 games, Air Force has matched the 2007 team's total for wins. The 2007 team took 43 games to get to eight wins and finished the season 8-44.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow, March 25, playing the first two a two-game set at Savannah State. First pitch for both games is slated for 2 p.m. Live stats will be available for both games at: http://www.savstate.edu/Athletics/baseball/index.htm