Air Force splits Friday games with Utah Valley and Northern Colorado
April 18, 2008
GREELEY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team split its two games Friday, defeating Utah Valley, 8-7 in ten innings, and falling to Northern Colorado, 13-6, in non-conference action at Jackson Field. The Falcons are now 12-23 on the season.
In the Utah Valley (7-25-1) game, the Falcons rode the hot bats of Daniel Walker and Chay Derbigny to rally to an 8-7 walk-off win in extra innings. Walker led off the tenth inning with a double and came around to score as Derbigny followed with a double.
The Falcons rallied for the win after squandering a 7-2 lead as Utah Valley put up five runs in the ninth inning. Michael Ruvolo (4-3) picked up the win for the Falcons in relief and became the first Falcon with four-or-more wins in a season since Paul Vignola won five games in 2003.
Starter Alex Truesdale pitched 8.1 innings, striking out four. Truesdale held the Wolverines in check for the first eight innings, but ran out of steam in the ninth. Utah Valley reliever Bryan Smith (0-4) took the loss, pitching the final 6.2 innings. Wolverine starter Dan Christensen went 2.1 innings, allowing six runs off six hits.
Both teams had 15 hits in game. The Falcons' 2-through-5 hitters in the lineup did most of the damage for the Falcons, combining to go 10-for-16 at the plate with six runs, four doubles and two homers. Walker went 3-for-5 with a double and homer. Derbigny was 2-for-4 with a double and homer. Addison Gentry went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Ben Ausbun went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
After UVU put up a run in the second, the Falcons rallied with two runs in the bottom of the inning. The Falcons then erupted for four runs on just six pitches in the third to jump ahead 6-2. K.J. Randhawa led off the inning with a bunt single, then came around to score on a double by Nathan Carter. Walker and Derbigny then hit back-to-back homers.
The Falcons added a run in the eighth before Utah Valley responded with the big ninth inning rally. Cole Anderson and Ryan Jones led UVU with three hits apiece. Kevin Arendse also homered for the Wolverines.
In game two, Northern Colorado (13-22) pounded out 17 hits en route to a 13-6 win. The Bears jumped out to a 7-2 lead after two innings and never looked back. Starter Jason Banks (2-3) pitched seven innings, striking out seven for the win.
Falcon starter Brad Pingel (2-3) was roughed up for six runs in just 1.1 innings of work and took the loss. Matt Barattino pitched six innings in relief and Jason Griggs made his first-ever pitching appearance for the Falcons.
Cory Morales, Chad Murray and Kevin Sandberg homered for the Bears. Morales and Murray both drove in three and Phil Santucci had three hits for UNC.
The Falcons put up two runs in the first before UNC responded with three in the bottom of the inning and four in the second. The Bears added a run in the fourth and fifth innings. AFA scored two runs in the seventh and ninth innings and UNC scored two in the seventh and eighth innings.
Air Force returns to action tomorrow, April 19, playing Utah Valley, back at Jackson Field