April 27, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - The Air Force baseball team swept both games to a doubleheader at Creighton Tuesday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex. The Falcons won game one, 4-3, and rallied to win game two, 6-2. The Falcons have won four of their last six, including three-straight on the road, and improved to 11-30. Creighton fell to 18-17.
The Air Force pitching staff had its best outings of the year, holding Creighton to five runs and 10 hits in 14 total innings. The wins by AFA were the first since 1998 over Creighton and also snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Jays.
In game one, Matt Alexander's two-run double in the sixth inning lifted the Falcons to the 4-3 win. With the game knotted up at 2-2, Alexander drove in K.J. Randhawa and Garrett Custons to put the Falcons up by two.
Falcon starter Ben Bertelson gave the Falcons 4.2 strong innings, holding the Jays to just two runs off three hits. Bertelson also struck out a career-high five batters. Alex Baker also pitched in relief.
The Falcons had just five hits in the game, but made them count. Randhawa led the Falcons with two hits, two runs and an RBIs. Blair Roberts also added a triple.
Jack VenLeur (2-4) took the loss in relief for Crieghton. Starter Mark Winkelman went 3.2 innings, allowing two runs. The Jays had five hits in the game. Scott Thornburg and Carson Vitale had two hits each.
In game two, the Falcons erased a 2-1 deficit with a four-run sixth inning. Alexander came through once again in the sixth with the game-tying RBI. Nathan Carter then followed with a three-run homer to put AFA ahead. The Falcons also added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
The Falcons also got clutch relief pitching from Todd Del Toro, who pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. The Falcon relievers did not allow a run in the final six innings of game two.
Air Force had seven hits in the game. Addison Gentry led the way, going 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Carter followed with two hits, two runs and a double.
Creighton was led offensively by Elliot Soto and Jimmy Swift, who had two hits each. Reliever Matt Patterson (1-2) took the loss. Jays' starter Mike Nihsen went one inning.
The Falcons return to action Friday, April 30, beginning at three-game series at UNLV. First pitch is 7 p.m. PST.