USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball (16-19) defeated Omaha (7-28), 24-5, in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons had 22 hits in the seven inning contest.
The Falcons blew the game wide open with a 12 run fourth inning to pull away with the win. The 12 runs scored is the sixth-most all-time in an inning and the most since a 13-run inning against Colorado College back in 1994.
Nine Falcons had multiple hits. Catcher Rob Dau homered and drove in three runs. Designated hitter Tyler Jones hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs. Second baseman Ryan Robb had three hits, four runs and three RBIs and center fielder Drew Wiss had three hits and three runs.
Third baseman Bradley Haslam went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Haslam extended his school-record hitting streak to 38 games. That total is tied for the 14th best in NCAA history.
Junior Nick Biancalana (3-3) pitched six innings for the win. Morgan Harrison and Michael Rieker combined to pitch the seventh. Harrison made his collegiate debut for the Falcons.
Omaha had six hits but committed five errors on the day. Shane Meltz (2-4) took the loss in the start, allowing six runs in three innings pitched.
Air Force scored four runs in the second and one in the third to lead 5-0 early. Omaha scored four runs in the fourth to make it a 5-4 ballgame.
The Falcons had the big fourth to go up 17-4. Air Force added two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. The Mavericks added a run in the seventh.
“We swing it well at Falcon Field and that big inning sure helped,” Air Force head coach Mike Kazlausky said. “We got the win today and now we move on towards getting the job done tomorrow.”
The two teams will wrap up the two-game series tomorrow. First pitch is 1 pm MT.