April 11, 2014
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Senior Cameron White stuck out 14 batters to lead Air Force baseball to a 2-1 win at South Dakota State in a non-conference pitchers' duel Friday afternoon at Huether Field. The Falcons have now won three in a row and improve to 9-24 on the season, dropping the Jackrabbits to 15-16.
White (2-6) held South Dakota State to one run off five hits in 8.1 innings pitched. Closer Nathan Stanford retired the last two batters in the ninth for his second save of the season.
The 14 strikeouts are the fourth-most in a game in Air Force history and the most in 31 years, dating back to 1983.
Air Force pushed across the game-winning run in the eighth inning, breaking up a 1-1 tie on a successful squeeze bunt. Freshman third baseman Bradley Haslam executed the bunt that allowed junior right fielder Tyler Saleck to score from third.
The Falcons had eight hits on the day. Freshman catcher Travis Neubeck had two hits to lead the Falcons. Freshman designated hitter Griffin Jax scored AFA's first hit on an RBI single by senior first baseman Seth Kline in the fifth inning.
South Dakota State had five different players with a base hit. Catcher Reid Clary scored in the fifth on an RBI sacrifice fly by shortstop Cody Sharrow. Jackrabbit starting pitcher Adam Bray (4-3) pitched seven innings in the loss, allowing two runs while striking out 10.
Due to inclement weather forecast Sunday, Air Force and South Dakota State will now play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at noon central.