March 25, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball rallied to down UNLV, 12-5, Sunday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons take the series and improve to 6-15, 2-1 and dropped the Rebels to 11-13, 1-5.
Trailing 4-3, the Falcons erupted for five runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to pull out their first series win over UNLV since 2002.
Sophomore first baseman Seth Kline capped off a strong weekend in dramatic fashion, hitting a go-ahead two-run homer off Rebel reliever Buddy Borden in the seventh, that gave the Falcons a 5-4 lead. Kline finished the day 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs.
The Falcons set season high's for runs and hits with 16. Five Falcons had multiple hits. Left fielder David Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Catcher Garrett Custons went 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored. Freshman Casey Gibson had two hits, including his first-career home run. Noah Pierce and Matthew Roberts also had two hits each.
Air Force starting pitcher Evan Abrecht (2-0) turned in a solid performance, pitching eight innings, allowing five runs, while striking out a season-high nine. Alex Baker closed out the game in relief with a scoreless ninth inning.
UNLV had eight hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Trevor Kirk homered and went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Rebels. Borden (0-3) was tagged with the loss in relief. UNLV starting pitcher Erick Fedde pitched six innings, allowing three runs.
After UNLV took an early lead with a run in the third, the Falcons scored three in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Highlighting the inning was a two-run double by Thomas.
The Rebels tied the game up in the fifth on Kirk's two-run homer. UNLV then took a 5-4 lead with a run in the sixth.
Custons led off the seventh with a triple to the right-center gap and Kline then followed with a mammoth homer to right to put the Falcons ahead for good. Gibson would follow later in the inning with a two-run homer down the leftfield line.
Air Force put the game away with four runs in eighth off four hits.
The Falcons have a winning record in Mountain West play after the first weekend of play for just the second time ever.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, March 27, at CSU Bakersfield.