April 18, 2010
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Air Force baseball team defeated Georgia State, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at The Field at Panthersville. The Falcons improved to 8-28, while the Panthers dropped to 21-16.
Air Force starting pitcher Sean Carley (2-3) worked into the eighth inning to pick up the win for the Falcons. Carley, a freshman, pitched 7.1 innings, striking out two. Three Falcon relievers pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief for close out the game. Evan Abrecht pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first-career save.
The Falcons led four different times in the game. After scoring two runs in the first, Georgia State scored two in the second to tie the game up. The Falcons posted two runs in the fourth to go up 4-2. The Panthers put up a run in the bottom of the inning and took a 5-4 lead after scoring two more in the fifth.
Air Force went back ahead 6-5 after scoring two in the top of the sixth, but GSU plated a run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game back up.
The go-ahed run came in the eighth inning via Nathan Carter, who scored from third on a ground out to short by Adam Hill. Carter started the inning off with a double and reached third on an error, GSU's fourth of the game.
In the eighth inning, the Falcons got some timely relief pitching. Carley left the game after walking a batter with one out. Jack Hourin came in and retired Justin Malone for the second out. Then, in a lefty-lefty matchup, Andrew Loyd came in and retired Mark Micowski to get out of the eighth unscathed.
Abrecht then retired all three batters in the ninth to snap Air Force's season-long 11 game losing streak.
The Falcons had 11 hits in the game. K.J. Randhawa went 3-for-5 and Matt Alexander and Alex Bast had two hits each for AFA. Bast also added two runs and two RBIs. The Falcons defense also did not committ and error and turned three double plays in the game, including a crucial inning-ending double play in the seventh.
Georgia State reliever Aidan Francis (2-3) took the loss. Panther starter Ryan Moore pitched 6.1 innings, allowing six runs, while striking out seven. Georgia State had 15 hits in the game. Joey Wood went 4-for-5 and Rob Lind had two hits, including a home run.
Air Force returns to action at home this Tuesday, April 20, hosting Northern Colorado. First pitch is 3 p.m.