May 4, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball rallied to a 5-4 win over Nevada in Mountain West action Sunday at Falcon Field. The win gave the Falcons the series win and improved the team to 17-30, 7-17 and dropped the Wolf Pack to 24-20, 14-9.
In a 4-4 tie ballgame, the Falcons pushed across the game winning run on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the eighth inning.
The Falcons got three inning of scoreless relief pitching to close out the game by Nathan Stanford (2-0), who picked up the win. Starting pitcher Steven Trojan breezed through the first six innings for AFA, until running into trouble in the seventh. Trojan did not allow a run until the sixth inning, but failed to get out of the seventh.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but saw Nevada rally back to tie it up 4-4 with a three-run seventh inning.
Air Force pushed across the game winning run when second baseman Noah Pierce just got under the tag attempt at home plate to score on Nevada closer Adam Whitt's (5-4) wild pitch.
The Falcons had eight hits on the day. Pierce went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. Third baseman Tyler Saleck added a two-run triple.
Nevada had nine hits on the day. Leadoff hitter Kyle Hunt went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Starting pitcher Jason Dietrich pitched four innings for the Wolf Pack, allowing three runs in four innings.
Air Force plated a run in the second, two in the third and one in the fifth to go up 4-0. Nevada plated a run in the sixth and three in the seventh to tie it up.
Air Force returns to action Friday, May 9, beginning a three-game series with San José State.