Air Force Falls In Extra Innings, Again, To San Diego State, 8-7
April 11, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team lost in 10 innings, for the second time in three days, to San Diego State, 8-7, Sunday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 7-24, 1-7, while the Aztecs improved to 15-17, 4-5.
Senior Matt Alexander brought the Falcons back with game-tying RBIs in the seventh and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough. San Diego State scored two runs in the top of the 10th in what would be the deciding runs.
Nathan Carter hit a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th to make it 8-7, but Aztec closer John Pecoraro (3-1) induced a ground out to end the game.
It was the second extra-inning loss to the Aztecs this weekend, as the Falcons fell 14-9 in 10 innings on Friday. It was also the lowest scoring game at Falcon Field so far in 2010 and the first game in which a team failed to score 10-plus runs.
San Diego State had 14 hits in the game. Brandon Meredith and Mitch Blackburn both had three hits to lead the Aztecs. Blair Moore had three RBIs as well. Meredith scored the go-ahead run for the Aztecs and Moore scored the second run in the 10th.
Air Force had 13 hits in the game. Alexander led the way, going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. His three-run homer in the seventh tied the game at 5-5 and his RBI single in the ninth off Pecoraro sent the game into extra innings at 6-6. Carter also had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
San Diego starter Ethan Miller went seven innings, allowing five runs, while striking out six. Air Force starter Sean Carley went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, while striking out four.
The Falcons used seven relievers in the game. Michael Ceci (0-1) took the loss. Stephen Colangelo, Andrew Loyd, Matt Zettler, Alex Baker and Ben Bertelson had scoreless outings for AFA. Evan Abrecht also pitched 2.1 innings in relief.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 13, at Northern Colorado. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.