May 5, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Air Force baseball split its two games at the Jayhawk Classic, falling to Missouri State (33-14) and defeating Kansas (19-28) Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark. The Falcons (13-33) lost to Missouri State, 11-3, and defeated Kansas, 3-0. Junior Ben Bertelson tossed a complete game shutout to give the Falcons its first road win of the season vs. KU.
In game one, a pair of big innings lifted Missouri State to the 11-3 win. The Bears broke up a 2-2 tie with a four-run sixth inning. Missouri State added a five-run eighth inning to pull away.
Bear starting pitcher Cody Schumacher (7-0) remaining undefeated on the season, picking up the win with six innings pitched and six strikeouts. Missouri State had 11 hits in the game. Second baseman Kevin Medrano had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Bears.
Air Force had seven hits in the game. Right fielder Alex Bast homered for the second day to lead the Falcons. Bast had two hits and two runs. Sophomore centerfielder and Kansas native David Baska notched his first-career hit in the game. Matt Thorne added two hits as well.
Falcon starting pitcher Evan Abrecht (4-3) pitched 5.2 innings and struck out four in the loss. Matt Zettler, Jack Hourin and Mike Kazakoff pitched in relief. Kazakoff ran his consecutive games pitched streak to 11.
In game two vs. Kansas, Bertelson (1-8) earned his first win of the season, scattering eight hits and striking out eight. Bertelson allowed just one extra base hit in the game.
The Falcons scored runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Bast capped off a solid weekend with two hits, including a triple and two runs. Freshman Brian Sicher added two doubles and a run scored. Blair Roberts, Thorne and Jake Schomaker had the RBIs for AFA.
Kansas starting pitcher Wes Benjamin (2-7) took the loss, allowing two runs in five innings. The Jayhawks had two hits from Kevin Kuntz and Alex DeLeon.
Air Force returns to action Friday, May 11, hosting TCU.