USAF Academy, Colo. - Air Force baseball (16-20) lost a high-scoring affair to Omaha (8-28), 17-16, in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Field. Senior Bradley Haslam extended his hitting streak to a school-record 39 games, which is tied for 13th all-time in NCAA history.
Trailing 17-8, the Falcons stormed back with eight unanswered runs in the final two innings. It was one run short however, as Omaha escaped with the win.
Air Force jumped out to an 8-0 lead with four runs in the first and second innings. Omaha scored five runs in the third and fourth to jump ahead 10-8. The Mavericks tacked on a run in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the top of the eighth to build up to the 17-8 lead.
The Falcons plated four runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to close the gap, but came up one run short.
Payton Kinney (1-1) picked up the win with 5.1 innings of relief for Omaha. At one point, Kinney retired 14 consecutive Falcons--from the third through seventh innings--before allowing a hit in the eighth.
Air Force had 13 hits on the day. Shortstop Tyler Zabojnik with 3-for-6 with a home run, double and four RBIs. Left fielder Daniel Jones went 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. Jones also hit his first-career home run. Center fielder Drew Wiss went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Haslam went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Reliever Shawn Kelley (0-2) took the loss. Starting pitcher Evan Floyd worked two shutout innings, striking out two. The Falcons used seven relievers in the game, with Josh Leaser, Tucker Jacobs, Michael Rieker, Jake Gilbert, Joe Kincart and Steven Plaskett pitched in relief.
Omaha had 18 hits on the day. Second baseman Ryan Cate went 5-for-6 with six RBIs. Cate also closed out the game on the mound. Jack Kalina homered and shortstop Riley Herold had three hits and four RBIs.
The Falcons had a monster two-game offensive series vs. Omaha, scoring a combined 40 runs to go with 35 hits.
Air Force returns to action Friday, beginning at three-game Mountain West series at San José State.