Air Force Baseball Drops 3-1 Pitchers' Duel To UNLV Friday
May 13, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball was on the losing end of a 3-1 pitchers' duel to UNLV Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 17-32, 2-16, while the Rebels improved to 31-19, 8-10.
UNLV starting pitcher Tanner Peters (9-3) pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits. Peters struck out five in his third-consecutive complete game.
Air Force starting pitcher Ben Bertelson (2-6) also pitched well, allowing two unearned runs in seven innings pitched. Bertelson allowed seven hits while striking out eight. Alex Baker pitched the eighth for the Falcons and Stephen Colangelo tossed a scoreless ninth.
The Rebels plated two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Ryan Scott.
After being held scoreless through the first five innings, the Falcons got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Garrett Custons tripled to right-center and then scored as Nathan Carter followed with a single up the middle.
UNLV added their third run in the eighth on a suicide squeeze bunt by Cash Thomas that scored Travis Feiner from third.
The Falcons got the tying run up to the plate in the ninth as Jon McMahon reached base with a leadoff double down the right field line. Peters then retired the next three batters to end the game.
Custons led the Falcons with three hits on the day. McMahon added two hits.
UNLV had eight hits on the day. Trent Cook, Feiner and Ryan Scott had two hits each.
Game two of the three-game set is tomorrow at 2 p.m.