April 13, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball rallied to a 10-9 walk-off win over San Diego State in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field. Shortstop Matt Thorne was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the game-winning run to score. The win lifted the Falcons to 10-22, 4-8 and dropped the Aztecs to 18-17, 9-5.
In a wild game that saw four lead changes--all after the seventh inning, the Falcons were able to come out on top.
Down 9-8 in the ninth inning, the Falcons tied it up on a leadoff home run by sophomore third baseman Tyler Saleck. The Falcons were then able to load the bases. With a full count, Thorne was plunked by San Diego State closer Bubby Derby (3-2) to score sophomore left fielder David Thomas from third for the game-ending run.
Freshman Bo Wilson (1-0) picked up his first-career win, pitching the ninth inning. Falcon starting pitcher senior Ben Bertelson went 6.1 innings, striking five. Sophomore Ben Yokley and senior Jack Hourin also pitched in relief.
The Falcons had 12 hits on the day. Junior centerfielder David Baska went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, three runs scored and a sac bunt. Thomas added two hits, including a double and two runs scored. Sophomore catcher Brian Sicher also hit his first-career home run, a three-run shot over the high centerfield fence.
San Diego State had 14 hits in the game. Second baseman Tim Zier went 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Aztec starting pitcher Philip Walby pitched five innings, allowing five runs, while striking out six.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but couldn't hold onto it. The Falcons plated three in the fourth on Sichers' three-run shot and scored two in the fifth on Baska's two-run shot to right-center.
San Diego State scored three in the sixth. The Falcons added a run in the bottom of the inning to go up 6-3.
The lead was erased in the following inning, as the Aztecs scored four in the top of the seventh to go up 7-6. The Falcons came right back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to go back up 8-7.
San Diego State rallied back, again, tying the game a run in the eighth and then going ahead 9-8 with a run in the top of the ninth. The Falcons were able to rally however, and earned their first walk-off win of the season.
The series finale is tomorrow back at Falcon Field. First pitch is 12 p.m.