April 22, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Sophomore left-hander Ben Bertelson allowed just one run over eight innings, leading Air Force to a 7-3 win over San Diego State in Mountain West Conference play Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win improves the Falcons to 15-24, 1-8 and dropped the Aztecs to 12-27, 6-8.
The win snapped a 35-game losing streak to SDSU which dated back to the 2003 season.
Bertelson improved to 2-3 on the season by tying a career high with nine strikeouts, while scattering six hits. After allowing a run in the first inning, Bertelson did not allow a run over the next seven innings. From the second-through-seventh innings, Bertelson held the Aztecs to two single-base hits. Stephen Colangelo pitched the ninth inning to close out the game.
Air Force had 11 hits in the game, led by seniors Nathan Carter and Parker Mayo. Mayo had Air Force's go-ahead RBI with a single in the second inning. The senior first baseman then had an RBI double and scored a run in the fourth inning to put the Falcons up 4-1. Carter, who had two hits on the day, added a two-run homer in the fifth that put AFA ahead 6-1.
Sophomore shortstop Matthew Roberts returned to the starting lineup and had two hits on the day as well.
Air Force had one of its best defensive games on the season as well, tying a season-high with three double plays.
San Diego State had nine hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Tim Zier led the way, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Jomel Torres added two hits and an RBI. Aztec starting pitcher Ethan Miller (2-4) took the loss, allowing five runs in four innings, striking out four.
The rubber match of the series is tomorrow at noon.