Air Force On Wrong End Of Wild, 20-14, Ballgame At Northern Colorado
April 28, 2009
GREELEY, Colo. - After rallying back from a six-run deficit, Air Force could not hold its lead as Northern Colorado came back to take a 20-14 non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 14-27, while the Bears improved to 10-30.
Powered by five home runs on the day, four in the crucial seventh and eighth innings, Northern Colorado erased a 14-11 Air Force lead with nine unanswered runs to close out the game.
After plating two runs in the seventh on back-to-back home runs, the Bears exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning to overtake the Falcons. Kevin Sandberg's three-run homer in the eighth, broke the 14-14 tie. Pinch hitter Patrick Roche also hit a three-run homer to cap the scoring in the eighth.
The loss overshadowed a big rally of their own by Air Force. Trailing 9-3 after a six-run fourth inning by UNC, Air Force scored four runs in the fifth and seven in the seventh to jump ahead 14-11.
Air Force had 14 hits in the game, with Ben Ausbun and Blair Roberts with three hits apiece. Ausbun also drove in three runs while Roberts scored twice and drove in two. Nathan Carter, Matt Alexander and Parker added two hits each, with Alexander scoring and driving in two and Carter scoring three runs.
Northern Colorado had 21 hits in the game. Tyler Borzileri led the way, going 5-for-6 with a homer and four runs scored. Sandberg added three hits and five RBIs. Erik Hegstad added a homer, three hits, four runs and four RBIs.
Aaron Kurcz (3-4) took the loss in relief for the Falcons. Starter Evan Abrecht went 3.2 innings, allowing eight runs, four earned. Jason Griggs, Matt Barattino, Jake Petro, Brad Pingel and Adam Teach pitched in relief for the Falcons. It was Teach's first appearance of the season.
Joe Willman (2-5) picked up the win in relief for the Bears. Northern Colorado starter Forbes Scott went 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs.
Air Force and Northern Colorado play for the last time this year, tomorrow at the Academy's Falcon Field. The sixth meeting between the two teams starts at 2:30 p.m.