Late Home Run Rallies Air Force Past Northern Colorado 11-10
April 22, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball extended its win streak to six games with a come-from-behind 11-10 win over Northern Colorado in a non-conference game Tuesday at Falcon Field. Tyler Jones hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to rally the Falcons to their longest winning streak in 12 years.
The six game winning streak is the longest since the 2002 team won six in a row.
Trailing, 10-8 in the eighth, Jones drilled his third home run of the season with a blast over the scoreboard in left to put the Falcons (15-25) ahead. Senior Cameron White retired all three batters faced in the ninth to close out the game with the save.
Junior Ben Yokley (2-2) struck out seven in six gritty innings of relief to pick up the win. Including his 11 strikeout performance in their last meeting, Yokley has now fanned 18 batters over his last 11.2 innings pitched against the Bears. Falcon starting pitcher Bo Wilson pitched two innings, striking out one.
Air Force had 13 hits in the game. Jones led the way, going 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs. National Player of the Week Spencer Draws went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored. Shortstop Russell Williams added two hits and two runs. First baseman Seth Kline also homered. Centerfielder David Thomas doubled and drove in three runs and second baseman Noah Pierce had a hit a drove in two.
Northern Colorado (6-34) had 14 hits in the game. Right fielder Ben Netzel and first baseman Nick Miller both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Miller also had two RBIs.
Connor Leedholm (0-5) took the hard-luck loss in relief for UNC, pitching 6.1 innings. Starting pitcher Lucas Corrick gave up five runs, one earned, in one inning of work.
Northern Colorado scored two runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. The Falcons came right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs to take a 5-2 lead. Draws homered on the first pitch to lead off the inning and Thomas hit a three-run double to highlight the scoring.
The Bears battled back with four runs in the third to go back up 6-5. The Falcons re-took the lead in the fourth on a two-run single by Pierce. The see-saw battle wasn't over, as Northern Colorado scored a run in the sixth to tie the game and scored two in the seventh to go up 9-7.
Kline hit an opposite field solo homer in the seventh to pull the Falcons to within one. After Williams and Draws reached base with singles, Jones hit the three-run homer to put AFA ahead.
Air Force returns to action Friday, April 25, beginning a three-game series at Fresno State.