April 17, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball defeated in-state rival Regis University 8-1 Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons won their third in a row at home and improved to 9-25 and the Rangers fell to 19-18.
Starting pitcher Michael Ceci (2-6) held Regis to one run over six innings, while striking out a career-high six in the win. Relievers David Baska, Ben Yokley and Alex Baker combined to toss three scoreless innings to close out the game.
Ai r Force had nine hits, including three triples in the game and drew six walks. Center fielder Alex Bast went 3-for-4 with two triples and right fielder Jake Schomaker went 2-for-5 with a career-high three RBIs.
Regis starting pitcher and Colorado Springs native Steve Falconi (1-4) took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings pitched. The Rangers had seven hits on the day. Second baseman Nick Billinger went 2-for-4 to lead Regis.
Air Force broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fourth inning. Noah Pierce scored Bast on a ground out for the first run. Blair Roberts then drew a bases load walk to score David Thomas for the second run. Schomaker then singled to knock-in Pierce and Brian Sicher.
The Falcons added a run in the fifth as Sicher hit and RBI-single, scoring Matt Thorne.
After Regis scored a run in the sixth, AFA responded with a run in the sixth. Bast tripled with two outs to score Seth Kline from first.
Air Force added two more runs in the eighth. Adam Hill singled and came around to score on a triple by Schomaker for the first run. Schomaker then scored on Bast's second triple.
The Falcons return to action Friday, April 20, at UNLV.