April 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Air Force baseball lost in heartbreaking fashion, 7-6, at UNLV Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Falcons dropped to 9-27, 3-11 and the Rebels improved to 19-21, 4-10.
Holding a 6-3 lead, Air Force allowed UNLV to score four runs with two outs in the eighth inning.
The Rebels struck in the eighth, scoring the first run on a bases-loaded walk. The following batter, catcher Remington Pullin, then hit a bases-clearing three-run double to put UNLV ahead.
Falcon closer Alex Baker (1-2) took the loss. Air Force starting pitcher Michael Ceci pitched 5.1 innings, holding UNLV to three runs, while striking out three. Mike Kazakoff and Ben Yokly also pitched in relief.
UNLV reliever Brady Zuniga (1-0) picked up the win. Rebel closer Zack Hartman picked up his second save in as many days. Starting pitcher Zak Qualls pitched 5.1 innings, giving up five runs.
The Falcons scored two runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. UNLV came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up.
Air Force re-took the lead with a run in the third. The Falcons extended their lead with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. UNLV plated a run in the seventh to make it 6-3.
The three-game series finale is tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST.