March 31, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Air Force baseball dropped an 8-7 ballgame at UNLV Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The loss dropped the Falcons to 8-18, 2-5 and improved the Rebels to 20-8, 5-4.
The Falcons dropped a one-run game for the ninth time this season, allowing UNLV to erase an 7-6 AFA lead with two runs in the ninth inning for their second-straight walk-off win in as many days.
Air Force jumped ahead with 2-1 with runs in the first and third innings. The Falcons went ahead 6-1 after two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
UNLV plated three runs in the sixth to make it a 6-4 game. After Air Force scored a run in the seventh, UNLV rallied with two runs in the eighth and ninth inning to pull out the win.
The Falcons had 12 hits on the day. Sophomore SS/3B Tyler Saleck led the way on offense, going 3-for-5, with his first-career home run, two runs and three RBIs. Right fielder Brian Sicher had three hits and left fielder Mariano Long scored two runs for AFA.
Sophomore Ben Yokley (1-3) took the loss in relief for the Falcons. Freshman Steven Trojan pitched six innings for the AFA, allowing four runs. Senior Jack Hourin also pitched in relief for Air Force.
UNLV had 10 hits on the day. Third baseman Joey Armstrong led the Rebels with three hits and three RBIs. Nicolas Libonatie (1-0) picked up the win in relief. Starting pitcher John Richy allowed five run sin four innings pitched.
Air Force returns to action Wednesday, April 3, at Northern Colorado.