March 25, 2008
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Air Force baseball team won its second game in as many days, defeating Savannah State, 8-4, Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Falcons improved to 9-12 on the season while the Tigers dropped to 12-8.
Air Force starter Matt Barattino (1-2) picked up his first-career win for the Falcons, pitching six strong innings. The freshman right-hander allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and struck out two. Colin Shepherd also gave the Falcons two strong innings of relief and Michael Ruvolo closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Air Force jumped ahead 2-0 in the first with a pair of two-out RBI-singles by Alexander and Josh Meents. After Savannah State got a run back in the second, Jeff Abt drilled a mammoth, two-run homer to the opposite field to put the Falcons up 4-1 after three.
Air Force pushed the lead to 6-1 in the fourth, as Alexander came up clutch again with a two-out, two-run single. Ben Ausbun scored a run in the fifth off a sacrific fly by K.J. Randhawa to extend it to a 7-1 Falcon lead.
After the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Falcons scored another run in the sixth as Ausbun doubled to the gap and scored Meents from first.
The Falcons had ten hits in the game with Ausbun leading the way with a pair of doubles in a 3-for-4 performance. Abt, Alexander and Meents had two hits apiece. The Falcons also drew 11 walks in the game with Nathan Carter leading the way with three free passes.
Savannah State had nine hits in the game. Matthew Nowacki led the way with three hits for the Tigers. Savannah State starter Michael O'Neil (2-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs, three earned, while walking seven in 4.2 innings.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow, March 26, wrapping up the two-game set a Savannah State. Live stats will be available for the game at: http://www.savstate.edu/Athletics/baseball/index.htm