April 20, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Freshman Garrett Custons' RBI-single in the ninth inning rallied Air Force baseball to a 14-13 walk-off win over Northern Colorado Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons have now strung together two wins in a row and improved to 9-28 while the Bears fell to 14-19.
Custons and fellow freshman Alex Bast had clutch base hits for the Falcons as they rallied from a 13-11 deficit in the ninth. Bast, who went 4-for-5 on the day, tied the game with a two-run triple to right center. Northern Colorado then elected to intentionally walk Blair Roberts and K.J. Randhawa to load the bases with one out.
Custons followed by calmly delivering a base hit over the reach of second baseman T.J. Berge to score Bast. The Falcons then poured out of the dugout in celebration. Custons went 2-for-6 on the day with a double and six RBIs.
Custons has now driven in an astounding 33 runs in his last 14 games.
Kincaid Koehler (2-5) picked up the win in relief for the Falcons. Starting pitcher Michael Ceci went three innings for AFA. Alex Baker, Ben Bertelson, Jack Hourin and Andrew Loyd also pitched in relief.
Tyler Wallace (1-3) took the loss in relief for Northern Colorado. Starting pitcher Kris Vierra went three innings, allowing six runs.
Air Force had 16 hits in the game. Ben Ausbun also had a stellar day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored. Bast and Blair Roberts also scored three runs each for the Falcons.
Northern Colorado had 17 hits in the game, including four home runs. Tyler Borzileri, Mike Raudenbush and Casey Coy had three hits for the Bears. Berge, Kyle Hardman, Raudenbush and Seth Budde homered for UNC.
In a see-saw affair, Northern Colorado broke an 11-11 tie on Budde's two-run homer in the top of the ninth. The Falcons also trailed 7-1 early on after the Bears put up seven in the third. The Falcons came right back with five runs in the bottom of the third to make it 7-6.
After UNC scored in the fourth, the Falcons tied it up at 8-8 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Falcons plated runs in the fifth and sixth to briefly lead 10-8. Northern Colorado then scored three in the seventh to go back up by one, before the Falcons tied it back up with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Air Force returns to action Friday, April 23, hosting New Mexico. First pitch is 2 p.m.