April 25, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team dropped both games to a doubleheader to New Mexico Sunday at Falcon Field. The Falcons dropped game one, 14-2, and game two, 6-0. The losses drop the Falcons to 9-30, 1-9 and improved the Lobos 27-14, 10-4.
In game one, New Mexico capitalized on an eight run third inning to win 14-2. With the score knotted 1-1, UNM recorded 10 hits in the third, nine by way of singles, to score the eight runs. The Lobos got a strong pitching performance out of starter Kenny Toves (3-1). Toves held Air Force to two runs off seven hits in seven innings, striking out two.
The Falcons had seven hits in the game. Ben Ausbun hit a solo homer and Garrett Custons went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Starting pitcher Sean Carley (2-4) took the loss. Carley went three innings, striking out one.
New Mexico had 19 hits in the game. Rafael Neda went 3-for-6 with a homer to lead the Lobos.
In game two, Willy Kesler (3-1) tossed a five-hit shutout for New Mexico. It's the lowest scoring game of the season at Falcon Field and the first time Air Force was shutout at home since May 2, 2008 vs. San Diego State.
Kesler struck out five and did not walk a batter in a game that lasted just two hours and 16 minutes.
The loss overshadowed a strong pitching performance from Falcon starting pitcher Kincaid Koehler (2-6). Koehler held the top hitting team in the Mountain West Conference to just three hits and one run in 4.1 innings pitched. Jack Hourin, Alex Baker, Ben Bertelson and Michael Ceci also pitched in relief.
New Mexico had 12 hits in the game. Ryan Honeycutt went 4-for-5 to lead the way for the Lobos.
Five Falcons had base hits in game two. Nathan Carter hit his conference-leading eighth triple of the year for AFA's lone extra base hit.
The Lobos scored a run in the third and two in the sixth to lead 3-0. New Mexico would score single runs in the final three innings as well.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 27, with a doubleheader at Creighton. The twin bill starts at 11 a.m. CST.