April 7, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Senior Evan Abrecht tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Air Force baseball to a 1-0 win over New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win improved the Falcons to 7-22, 3-6 and dropped the Lobos to 14-16, 7-2.
Against the first-place and the top-hitting team in the Mountain West, Abrecht held New Mexico to just one extra-base hit and never faced more than four batters in an inning. The right-hander struck out just two batters, but induced 21 ground-ball outs.
The win snapped a 22-game losing streak to UNM, dating back to the 2006 season. It was also Air Force's first 1-0 win since 1998. Air Force had been out-scored 36-2 by the Lobos in the first two games of the series.
The lone run came in the fourth inning. Freshman third-baseman Noah Pierce singled with one out to get on. Freshman designated hitter Brian Sicher then followed with a double down the right field line to score Pierce.
The Falcons also got some clutch defense in the ninth inning by freshman left fielder Davis Thomas to help save the shutout. New Mexico's top hitter, third baseman D.J. Peterson, hammered a line-drive towards the left-center gap, but Thomas made a diving catch to get the out and keep the Lobo threat at bay.
Air Force had seven hits on the day. Senior second baseman Blair Roberts went 3-for-4 to lead AFA.
The Falcons have reached three conference wins after nine games, the quickest team to do so since the 2002 team.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, hosting Northern Colorado. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.