April 24, 2012
Shaun Lovett hit a walk-off double in the 11th inning to rally Air Force baseball to a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Northern Colorado Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons, who have now won four in a row at home, improved to 10-28, while the Bears fell to 16-22.
With two runners on, Lovett doubled to deep left-center to scored third baseman Matt Thorne from second. As Thorne crossed the plate, the Falcons rushed out of the dugout to mob Lovett at second. The double was Lovett's first-career hit.
Air Force racked up a season-high 21 hits, as seven Falcons had multiple hits. Kline led the way, going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Thorne went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. First baseman Adam Hill went 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Jack Hourin (1-2) picked up the win with three solid innings in relief. The right-hander allowed just one base hit over the final three innings.
Falcon starting pitcher David Baska turned in a strong effort, tossing four scoreless innings. Baska struck out four on the day, including the last three batters he faced. The Falcons also used Ben Bertelson, Mike Kazakoff, Ben Yokley and Alex Baker in relief.
Northern Colorado reliever Kevin Willman (0-2) took the loss in relief. Bear starting pitcher Jake Johnson went four innings, allowing four runs, just one earned.
UNC had 15 hits in the game. Third baseman Tony Crudo and catcher Harrison Lambert both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Air Force jumped ahead 4-0 early with a run in the first and three in the fourth. The lead was erased by a five-run UNC fifth.
The Falcons re-took the lead with two runs in the sixth to go back up 6-5. The see-saw battle continued as the Bears scored four runs in the eighth to go up 9-6 before the ninth inning rally by AFA.
Air Force returns to action tomorrow at UNC. First-pitch is slated for 3 p.m.