April 24, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball held off Northern Colorado for a 9-7 win Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win lifted the Falcons to 11-28 and dropped the Bears to 18-17.
The Falcons jumped ahead 5-0 early on and were later aided by a three-run seventh inning for the win. Air Force racked up 14 hits on the day, including four by senior catcher Garrett Custons.
Senior right-hander Alex Baker (3-3) pitched 2.2 scoreless innigs in relief to pick up the win. Senior lefty Ben Bertelson struck out the side in the ninth to notch his first-career save. Falcon starter freshman Trent Monaghan went 3.1 innings, striking out two. Ben Yokley, Dillon Freeman and Bo Wilson also pitched in relief.
Custons doubled, tripled and drove in two runs. Freshman right fielder Zach Reks added a career-high three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Freshman second baseman Spencer Draws added two hits and a career-high three RBIs.
Northern Colorado had 10 hits on the day. Centerfielder Jensen Park led the Bears with three hits and second baseman Landon Moseley added two RBIs. Starting pitcher Josh Wagner (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
The Falcons scored two runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third to build the 5-0 lead. Northern Colorado responded with four runs in the fourth to pull to within one run at 5-4.
The Falcons pushed across a run in the sixth to go back up by two. The Bears then posted a run in the seventh to make it a 6-5 game.
Air Force then scored three runs, off three consecutive RBI-hits with two outs in the bottom of the inning to go up 9-5. Northern Colorado put up two more runs in the eighth to pull within two, before Bertelson closed out the ninth.
Prior to first pitch, Air Force honored Maj. David Diehl, who passed away last week, with a moment of silence. Diehl was a four-year letterwinner with the Falcon baseball program from 1998-2001.
Air Force returns to action Friday, beginning a three-game home series with Nevada.