Air Force Takes Down #20 UNLV 10-9 Thursday
April 17, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball continues its hot run, downing #20 UNLV 10-9 in a Mountain West game Thursday at Falcon Field. The Falcons have now won six of their last seven and four straight at home, improving to 12-25, 3-13.
A five-run fifth inning rallied the Falcons back from a 6-2 deficit and ultimately the win. Freshman catcher Travis Neubeck's two-run home run capped the big fifth inning comeback.
Starting pitcher Cameron White (3-6) kept the Falcons in the game with 7.1 innings of work. White struck out eight to pick up his third win of the season.
Air Force also got big relief pitching performances from Nathan Stanford and Ben Yokley. Stanford was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth with an inning-ending double play. After Stanford was struck in the arm by a line drive base hit to start the ninth, Yokley came in and was able to close out the game with the Falcons on top and pick up the save.
Air Force had 12 hits in the game. Neubeck led the charge with two hits, which included a double and four RBIs. Freshman Leftfielder Tyler Jones added two hits and three runs scored. Freshman shortstop Russell Williams went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Right fielder Spencer Draws, reserve outfielder Coleman Poje and third baseman Bradley Haslam also hit doubles for AFA.
The Falcons handed UNLV ace Erick Fedde (7-2) his second loss of the season, tagging the righty for seven runs. Fedde, projected to be a high draft pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, struck out six in six innings pitched.
The Rebels had 16 hits in the game. Second baseman Justin Jones and third baseman T.J. White had three hits each to lead the way.
Both teams scored two runs in the first before UNLV jumped ahead 6-2 with a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings. The Falcons made it 7-6 with the big fifth inning. Air Force tacked on two runs in the seventh and traded a run in the eighth to make it a 10-7 game. UNLV scored two in the ninth to make it a one run game.
Air Force had now won two games against ranked opponents this season. The Falcons also beat #24 Fresno State back on March 8.
Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow. First pitch is 3 p.m.