April 29, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball withstood a furious late-inning rally by San Diego State Sunday, winning 10-8 and taking the series at Falcon Field. The Falcons improve to 12-30, 5-13. With six conference games left to play, Air Force has its most Mountain West Conference wins since the 2002 season and remain in the hunt for a slot in the conference championships.
Air Force was able to fend off San Diego State (20-25, 9-9) after the Aztecs nearly erased the Falcons' 9-2 lead with a six-run eighth inning. SDSU started the eighth off with six consecutive base hits.
Falcon reliever Mike Kazakoff was able to retire the final six Aztecs to close out the game and earn his second save of the season and weekend. Kazakoff has played the iron-man role out of the bullpen, having pitched in eight consecutive games for AFA.
Air Force had big offensive production from Blair Roberts, Seth Kline, David Thomas and Matt Thorne. Roberts went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Kline hit a mammoth three-run homer in the fourth inning. Thomas went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Thorne racked up a career-high for hits, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs.
Senior right-hander Evan Abrecht (4-2) pitched seven innings for the Falcons, striking out six in the win. Before tiring in the eighth, Abrecht had held the Aztecs to just two runs through the first seven innings.
San Diego State starting pitcher Ryan Doran (3-4) took the loss, allowing nine runs in 3.2 innings pitched. The Aztecs had 11 hits. Jomel Torres led SDSU, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
Air Force jumped all over Doran in the first inning, scoring four runs. After the Aztecs came back with runs in the second and third innings, the Falcons put up a run in the third and exploded for four more in the fourth to lead 9-2.
San Diego State mounded their furious late rally in the eighth to get the game to within one run a 9-8. The Falcons got some breathing room in the bottom of the inning, as Thorne came through with a two-out double to knock in Kline.
Air Force returns to action Friday, May 4, in Lawrence, Kan., taking on Missouri State and Kansas.