Air Force Loses Pitchers' Duel To Utah, 5-2

    Freshman Vai Schierholtz.
    Freshman Vai Schierholtz.

    May 9, 2008

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    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team lost a 5-2 pitchers' duel to Utah in Mountain West Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 16-29, 2-16 and improved the Utes to 18-24, 6-12.

    The first runs of the game did not come till the sixth inning.

    Utah's Stephen Fife (6-4) and Robert Chimpky combined to hold Air Force to two runs and nine hits. Fife struck out 12 in eight innings of work and Chimpky picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

    Air Force starter Alex Truesdale also pitched well but surrendered the loss. Truesdale pitched into the eighth inning, allowing five runs and striking out six. Truesdale did not allow a run in six of his innings pitched, but gave up three in the sixth and two in the eighth. This was Truesdale's fifth-consecutive start where had pitched into the eighth inning.

    Jason Griggs relieved Truesdale and got out of the eighth without allowing a run. Brad Pingel got the first two outs of the ninth inning and Michael Ruvolo closed out the inning without Utah scoring.

    The Utes scored the first runs of the game with a three-run sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Micheal Beltran and Fred Ferguson plated the three runs for Utah.

    The Falcons fought back in the seventh with two runs to cut the Ute lead to 3-2. With the bases loaded and one out, Vai Schierholtz laced a single that scored Josh Meents and Daniel Walker. Air Force's rally was cut off after that however, as Fife escaped further damage by retiring the final two batters in the inning.



    Utah made it a 5-2 game in the eighth as Jesse Shriner led off with a double followed by Austin Jones homering to left. The Utes had 13 hits in the game, led by Beltran's 4-for-4 performance.

    Air Force had nine hits in the game. Meents was 3-for-4 and Addison Gentry went 2-for-4.

    Air Force and Utah return to Falcon Field tomorrow, May 10, for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Game one is slated to be a seven inning game with Utah as the home team. Game two will be a nine inning game with Air Force as the home team. Game one is a makeup of the March 30 snowout in Salt Lake.

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