April 1, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A late rally fell just short as the Air Force baseball team lost at San Diego State, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Falcons dropped to 6-20, 2-4 while the Aztecs improved to 14-15, 3-3 with the series sweep.
Trailing 5-2, the Falcons scored a run in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out. San Diego State closer Jason Hepner then quelled the rally by striking out Air Force's top two hitters, Garrett Custons and Alex Bast, to close out the game.
Senior right-hander Evan Abrecht (2-1) turned in Air Force's second complete game loss in a row, allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven. San Diego State starting pitcher Ryan Doran (1-3) earned the win, pitching seven innings, allowing one run while striking out seven.
Air Force had 11 hits in the game, four coming in the ninth inning. Bast and freshman David Thomas and Noah Pierce led the Falcons with two hits each, with Thomas hitting two triples. Pierce capped off a solid weekend, where he batted .462 in the series.
San Diego State had 11 hits as well. Leftfielder Spencer Thornton led the Aztecs with two hits and two RBIs.
San Diego State scored two runs in the first and one in the third to jump ahead 3-0. The Aztecs added two more runs in the fourth.
The Falcons plated runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. In the seventh, Pierce hit and RBI-single to score Thomas, who tripled right before. In the eighth, Bast hit a double and came around to score on Thomas' second triple.
The Falcons pieced together four-consecutive hits in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Patrick Lobo started the hit streak with a single. Casey Gibson, Adam Hill and Jake Sortor followed with hits, with Sortor scoring Lobo.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, hosting Northern Colorado.