May 10, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Utah in Mountain West Conference baseball action Saturday at Falcon Field. The Utes took game one 6-3 and game two 17-3. The losses drop the Falcons to 16-31, 2-18 and improved the Utes to 20-24, 8-12.
In game one, the Falcons failed to hold a 3-2 lead as Utah rallied to win with a four run sixth inning. Game one, which was a seven-inning game with Utah as the home team, was a makeup of the March 30th snowout at Salt Lake.
Six consecutive batters reached base for the Utes in the sixth, as they went ahead 6-3. A two-run double by Austin Jones highlighted the inning.
The loss overshadowed another strong pitching performance by Falcon starting pitcher Jake Petro. Petro (1-6) held the Utes in check for the first five innings, but again struggled to get out of the sixth inning. He had allowed just two runs through the first five, until getting charged for two more in the sixth. Jason Griggs, Brad Pingel and Michael Ruvolo also pitched for the Falcons.
Ute starter Brian Budrow (5-5) picked up the win, allowing three runs off nine hits in six innings. Robert Chimpky picked up his second save in as many games.
The Utes had 12 hits in the game, with Jesse Shriner and Jones both getting two hits and two RBIs. Air Force had nine hits in the game. Nathan Carter led the way by going 3-for-4 with two runs. Addison Gentry and Daniel Walker also had two hits for the Falcons.
In game two, Utah racked up 23 hits and rolled to a 17-3 win. The Utes had several big innings, scoring three in the first, four in the sixth and seven in the ninth. Cody Guymon, Dustin Hennis and Coope B lanc had four hits each for the Utes.
Air Force had eight hits in the game, with K.J. Randhawa leading the way by going 3-for-4. Carter also led off the first for Air Force with a homer to right and Chay Derbigny stole his 29th base of the season.
Utah reliever Bryn Card (2-1) picked up the win, holding the Falcons scoreless over the final 4.2 innings. Starter Andrew Wilding went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
The Falcons and Utes wrap up the series tomorrow, Mother's Day May 11, with a noon start.