April 17, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Matt Thorne's grand slam in the seventh inning gave Air Force enough to hang on to an 8-7 win over Sacramento State Sunday at John Smith Field. The win lifted the Falcons to 14-22, while The Hornets fell to 12-25.
Trailing late in the game by a run, Thorne came through with the home run to put the Falcons up 8-4. Sacramento State rallied with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but reliever Alex Baker (2-2) was able to get out of the jam without relinquishing the lead.
Closer Stephen Colangelo then pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to nail down his fifth save of the season. The Falcons escaped the ninth with a clutch double play that erased the leadoff hitter reaching base.
Sophomore Alex Bast capped a solid weekend, going 4-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs scored. The left fielder batted .625 on the weekend (10-for-16). Air Force had eight hits in the game to go with a season-high four sacrifice bunts in the game. Blair Roberts produced two sacrifices.
Starting pitcher Sean Carley pitched 5.2 innings for the Falcons, striking out four. Baker relieved Carley and picked up his second win of the season.
Sacramento State had 13 hits in the game. Dax Turner led the Hornet with three hits and Blake Miller added two hits, including a two-run homer. Hornet reliever Steven Amaral (1-1) took the loss. CSUS starting pitcher Tanner Mendonca pitched six innings, striking out four.
Air Force led 4-0 early after plating two runs in the first and second innings. Sacramento State rallied back with runs in the second and third inning and took the lead with a three-run sixth inning.
With its 14th win of the season, the Falcons surpassed the 2010 teams' win total with 17 games left to play.
After playing 14 of its last 15 games on the road, the Falcons host four home games this coming week. The Falcons play Northern Colorado on Tuesday, April 19, and then a three-game set, April 21-23, against San Diego State.