March 26, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team belted four home runs to out-slug fifth-ranked TCU 14-11 Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win improved the Falcons to 6-16, 1-0 and dropped the Horned Frogs to 16-6, 2-2. Game two of the doubleheader was postponed due to snow.
Air Force scored runs in each of the first seven innings and had a base hit in all eight it batted in, in what is the programs biggest win in the seven years under head coach Mike Hutcheon. It is the Falcons' greatest upset since knocking off #1 Rice in 1999.
The Falcons racked up 17 hits and played flawless defense and got gritty pitching performances from senior Alex Truesdale and sophomore Evan Abrecht. Truesdale (2-3) pitched seven innings to pick up the win, striking out four. Abrecht pitched the final two innings, striking out four batters.
Several Falcons had big days at the plate. Addison Gentry went 4-for-5 two home runs, a triple and four RBIs. Garrett Custons went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs and three RBIs. Travis Lane went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs.
The Falcons jumped all over TCU early, leading 6-0 after three innings. Air Force knocked out the Horned Frogs' touted freshman left-hander Matt Purke in the third inning, after Custons launched a two-run homer to give AFA the 6-0 lead. Purke, who was the 10th overall pick of the 2009 MLB draft, went 2.1 innings, allowing six runs while striking out five.
After Truesdale went through the first three innings without allowing a hit, TCU responded in the middle innings, by scoring nine runs to tie the game up 9-9 in the top of the sixth.
The Falcons then took advantage of a Frog error in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead with three unearned runs. Garrett Custons singled up the middle for the go-ahead RBI.
After a TCU run in the top of the seventh, Gentry launched a two-run shot to put the Falcons ahead 14-10. TCU would plate one run in the ninth.
TCU also had 17 hits in the game, but committed three errors. Both Jason Coates and Joe Weik went 4-for-5 with home runs for the Horned Frogs. Reliever Tyler Lockwood (1-2) took the loss.
With heavy snow forecast Friday night, no games will be played Saturday. Officials will determine if two games can be played Sunday. A schedule update will be released Saturday afternoon if it is determined two games can be played. Check back with goairforcefalcons.com for latest news.