Air Force Thumps Adams State 17-1
April 15, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball defeated Adams State 17-1 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons had a season-high for runs and their 18 hits were also a season-best. Air Force has now won three in a row at home and five of its last six games.
The Falcon (11-25) bats had seven extra-base hits and five players with multiple hits. Second baseman Noah Pierce went 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs. Left fielder Tyler Jones went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBIs. First baseman Seth Kline added a homer and two runs scored.
The Falcons also had a 3-for-4 day from designated hitter Adam Blankenship, who also added two doubles and four RBIs. Third baseman Bradley Haslam went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and right fielder Spencer Draws went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Catcher Travis Neubeck had a hit, two runs and two RBIs and drew four of Air Force's 11 walks on the day.
Starting pitcher Bo Wilson (2-2) picked up the win, allowing just one hit over two pre-determined innings pitched, while striking out two.
The Falcons bullpen allowed just one unearned run over seven innings of work. Jacob DeVries pitched a scoreless third inning. Ben Yokley struck out five over two innings of work. Trent Monaghan pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, and Neubeck did double-duty, closing out the game with a scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
Adams State (12-26) had three hits on the day. Second baseman Dillon Bollig, designated hitter Zach Moldenhauer and shortstop Jerid Huggins had base hits for the Grizzlies. Bollig and Huggins hit doubles.
Adams State starting pitcher Ryker English (0-1) took the loss, allowing a run on one inning pitched. The Grizzlies used eight pitchers in the game.
The Falcons scored a run in the second and two in the third to go up 3-0. Air Force blew the game wide open with four runs in the fourth, seven in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Air Force returns to action Thursday, April 17, beginning a three-game conference home stand against #20 UNLV.