March 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Air Force baseball dropped a wild 11-10 ballgame in 10 innings at UNLV Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The loss dropped the Falcons to 8-17, 2-4 and improved the Rebels to 19-8, 4-4.
In a game that featured six lead-changes, UNLV pushed across the winning run with back-to-back base hits in the 10th. Left fielder Joey Swanner tripled with one out and then catcher Collin Yelich followed with a single to drive in Swanner.
The loss overshadowed a big eighth inning comback from the Falcons. Trailing 9-6, AFA posted four runs to take a 10-9 lead. UNLV would tie the game back up with a run in the bottom of the inning, however, and eventually take the game into extra innings.
The Falcons had 14 hits in the game. Senior Garrett Custons had a season-high four hits, in addition to a pair of runs, RBIs and stolen bases. Junior Seth Kline added three hits, which included a double, triple and three RBIs. Sophomore Brian Sicher and freshman Peter Johnson had two hits each. Freshman Mariano Long hit his first-career home run, scoring two runs.
Todd Del Toro (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Falcons, which used six pitchers on the day. Starter Ben Bertelson went five innings, striking out three. Alex Baker, Jack Hourin, Dillon Freeman and Ben Yokley also saw action in relief.
UNLV had 15 hits on the day. Swanner led the Rebels with three hits. Right fielder Brandon Bayardi also homered. Kenny Oakley (3-1) picked up the win in relief. UNLV starter Buddy Borden gave up five runs in six innings pitched.
The Falcons scored runs in the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead. UNLV scored four in the third to take the lead. The Falcons scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to go back up 5-4. The Rebels scored a run in the fifth to tie the game up and took a 6-5 lead with a run in the sixth.
After Air Force tied the game back up with a run in the top of the seventh, UNLV scored three in the bottom of the inning to go up 9-6.
The series finale is tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST.