April 19, 2008
GREELEY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team dropped a 17-6 contest to Utah Valley, Saturday morning at Jackson Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 12-24 on the season while the Wolverines improved to 8-25-1.
Utah Valley pounded out 21 hits on the day and scored in eight of the nine innings. The Wolverine 3-4-5 hitters did most of the damage, going 8-for-16 with 11 RBIs. Scott Croshaw drove in five runs, including a three-run homer in the ninth inning.
Air Force had 10 hits on the day, with Nathan Carter, K.J. Randhawa and Matt Alexander collecting two hits apiece. Four triples were hit in the game, with Addison Gentry and Daniel Walker hitting two for the Falcons. Matt Alexander hit his sixth homer of the season.
Utah Valley jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead, with four in the first and one in the second, and never looked back. The Falcons tried chipping away at UVU's lead, but the Wolverines responded with runs after all five of the innings that Air Force scored in.
Utah Valley starter Andy Jangard (1-3) earned the win, striking out six in six innings. Kyle Kasper earned the save with three innings in relief.
Senior Chay Derbigny stole three bases on the day, giving him 23 on the season and 51 for his career. The 23 swipes is currently tied for 8th most in a season and his 51 career steals just surpassed current assistant coach Maj. Mike Kazlausky for fifth all-time.
Air Force wraps up play in Greeley taking on Northern Colorado tomorrow, Sunday, at 2 p.m.