May 14, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - Air Force baseball team dropped two Mountain West Conference ballgames at #4 TCU Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Falcons lost the first game in heartbreaking fashion, 19-17, in 12 innings and then went on to drop game two, 8-2. The losses dropped the Falcons to 11-39, 1-17 while the Horned Frogs improved to 39-10, 18-4. TCU captured its fifth-consecutive MWC regular season title by winning game one.
In game one, TCU tied the game up 17-17 with two runs in the top of the ninth and scored two runs in the 12th to rally to the win in a game that lasted five hours and three minutes.
The game originally began on March, 28 at the Academy, with Air Force leading 16-15 with two outs in the top of the seventh. The game was called due to TCU's travel plans that day. The game was picked back up tonight in Fort Worth in the top of the seventh.
TCU hit eight home runs and had 29 hits in the game. Jason Coats hit a two-run single to tie the game in the ninth. Aaron Schultz then singled in Taylor Featherston for the go-ahead run in the 12th. Matt Purke (10-0) pitched six innings in relief for the win, allowing just one run while striking out 12.
Air Force had 21 hits in the game. Five players; Blair Roberts, K.J. Randhawa, Addison Gentry, Ben Ausbun and Matthew Roberts had three hits in the game. Ausbun had four RBIs and Randhawa and Gentry both drove in three. Gentry also homered for the Falcons.
Freshman Garrett Custons went 2-for-6 in the game with two RBIs. Custons became Air Force's freshman record-holder for at-bats and RBIs in the game. Air Force's three sac-bunts in the game gave the team 39 for the season, tying the school record with the 1979 team.
Evan Abrecht (1-6) took the loss with seven innings of gutty relief pitching, striking out a season-high six batters. Falcon starter Sean Carley lasted just 1.2 innings. Reliever Stephen Colangelo pitched 3.1 innings in relief, striking out a career-high five batters.
Matt Curry, Bryan Holaday and Jimmie Pharr hit two homers each for TCU. Jerome Pena went 6-for-8 in the game with a homer and five RBIs. TCU starting pitcher Steven Maxwell went two innings, allowing four runs.
In game two, a six-run first inning lifted the Horned Frogs to the 8-2 win. TCU starting pitcher Kyle Winkler (8-1) scattered nine hits while striking out six in the win.
TCU had 13 hits in the game. Featherston led the Frogs with three hits. Curry also added a home run.
Falcon starting pitcher Alex Truesdale (2-8) went the distance, pitching his third complete game of the season. Truesdale, who grew up three hours south of Forth Worth, in Austin, also struck out six. The six whiffs gave him 204 for his career, making him the sixth Falcon in school history to reach the 200 K plateau.
Air Force and TCU resume action tomorrow, May 15. First pitch is 4 p.m. CST.