May 10, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball won both games of a doubleheader to take the series against San José State Saturday in Mountain West action at Falcon Field. The Falcons won game one 8-7 and game two 10-9 in 11 innings. The Falcons improved to 19-31, 9-18, while the Spartans fell to 17-36, 10-20.
In game one, Air Force rallied back from a 5-0 deficit to pull out the 8-7 win. The Falcons tied a season high with 18 hits in the game.
Trailing 5-0, the Falcons scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to start the rally. A six run sixth inning put the Falcons ahead 7-5.
San José State tied the game up with two runs in the top of the eighth. The Falcons scored the go-ahead run on a single to left by leftfielder Tyler Jones. The left fielder misplayed the ball, allowing centerfielder Coleman Poje to score from second base on a bang-hang play at the plate.
Bo Wilson was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to pick up the win in relief. Starting pitcher Griffin Jax pitched seven innings for the Falcons, striking out three. With 85.2 innings pitched on the season, Jax set a new Air Force freshman record for most innings pitched. Trent Monaghan also pitched in relief.
Jones led the Falcons with four hits in the game. First baseman Seth Kline went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Right fielder Jake Schomaker went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Poje, second baseman Noah Pierce and shortstop Russell Williams also had two hits each for AFA.
San José State reliever James Glawe (4-2) took the loss. Starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez allowed six runs in five innings pitched.
The Spartans had 10 hits in the game. Second baseman Jacob Valdez hit a three-run homer in the first inning. Catcher Kyle Gallegos and designated hitter Brett Bautista added two hits.
In game two, Noah Pierce hit a walkoff double to score Spencer Draws from second, as Air Force won 10-9 in 11 innings. Pierce capped a 4-for-6 game with a double off the fence in right. Pierce had two doubles in the game, with two runs and two RBIs.
The two teams combined for 34 hits, 16 for extra bases in the wild game two.
Bo Wilson (5-2) picked up his second win on the day, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings in relief. Starting pitcher Steven Trojan pitched four innings, striking out one. Ben Yokley pitched two innings and Nathan Stanford worked 1.2 innings in relief.
San José State had 20 hits in the game. Second baseman Jacob Valdez went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Ross Slaney (0-4) took the loss in relief. Starting pitcher Johnny Melero lasted just one inning, allowing five runs.
The Spartans scored a run in the first, before the Falcons responded with four in the bottom of the inning. After trading runs in the second, SJSU scored two in the third and one in the fourth to tie it up at 5-5.
The Falcons scored three runs in the fifth to go up 8-5. San José State scored a run in the sixth and took a brief 9-8 lead with three runs in the eighth. The Falcons tied the game back up with a run in the bottom of the eighth. The score remained tied until Pierce's walkoff hit in the 11th.
The Falcons nine conference wins is the second-most in the Mountain West era and the most since 2002. Its 18 wins against Div. I opponents is the fourth most ever. Their 19 wins so far this season ties for the most under head coach Mike Kazlausky in his four seasons.
Air Force returns to action Thursday, May 15, wrapping up the 2014 regular season, beginning a three-game Mountain West series at New Mexico.