Air Force Narrowly Edged By New Mexico 5-3 Sunday
March 30, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball dropped a 5-3 game to New Mexico in Mountain West action Sunday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons dropped to 5-21, 2-10 and the Lobos improved to 19-9-1, 8-4.
New Mexico starting pitcher Josh Walker (4-1) out-dueled Air Force starter Steven Trojan (1-5) in a tight ballgame. A pair of two-run innings by the Lobos, coming in the first and fourth innings, was ultimately the deciding factor.
Walker pitched 7.1 innings, striking three in the win. Victor Sanchez pitched the final 1.1 innings for the save.
The Falcons had 10 hits in the game. First baseman Seth Kline, third baseman Noah Pierce and center fielder David Thomas had two hits each for the Falcons. Kline, Pierce, left fielder Tyler Jones, PH/3B Bradley Haslam hit doubles for the Falcons.
New Mexico had 10 hits in the game as well. Catcher Alex Real went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs.
The Lobos jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a two-run homer by Real. The Falcons fought back with a run in the bottom of the inning.
New Mexico scored two more in the fourth to go up 4-1. The Falcons chipped at the UNM lead with runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Lobos added an insurance run in the ninth.
The Falcons had their best hitting series this weekend, batting .321. Seven Falcons hit over .300 for the weekend.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 1, hosting Northern Colorado. First pitch is 3 p.m. MST.