May 4, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Air Force baseball dropped games to Missouri State (32-14) and Kansas (19-27) in opening day at the Jayhawk Classic Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. The Falcons (12-32) lost to Missouri State, 7-0, and to Kansas, 5-2.
In game one, Bear pitcher Nick Petree (9-2), the NCAA's ERA leader entering the game, pitched eight shutout innings and struck out 12 for the win. The Falcons were held to four hits in the game.
Missouri State scored two runs in the third to take the lead for good. The Bears added a run in the fifth, seventh, and eighth and added two more in the ninth. Missouri State had 10 hits in the game. Second baseman Kevin Medrano led the offense, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
In game two, Kansas starting pitcher Frank Duncan (5-6) struck out nine in eight innings for the win. Robert Kahana pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Falcon starting pitcher Cameron White (3-8) pitched 7.2 innings, striking out five in the loss. Kazakoff pitched in relief for the 10th consecutive game for the Falcons.
The Falcons had six hits in the game, five from Garrett Custons and Alex Bast. Custons went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bast went 3-for-4 with a home run.
Kansas had nine hits in the game. Designated hitter Alex DeLeon went 3-for-4 with two runs to lead the Jayhawks.
KU plated three runs in the first and never looked back. The Falcons fought back with runs in the second and sixth innings to pull to within one run. The Jayhawks plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead.
The Falcons wrap up the Jayhawk Classic with two more games tomorrow. Air Force takes on Missouri State at 11 a.m., followed by Kansas at 4 p.m.