May 15, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Air Force baseball team has only two Mountain West Conference wins on the season. But boy have they been big ones. With a freshman making his first collegiate start on the mound, Air Force upset fourth-ranked TCU, 4-2, Saturday in front of a stunned crowd of 2,912 at Lupton Stadium. The win improved the Falcons to 12-39, 2-17, while the Horned Frogs dropped to 39-12, 18-5.
Using four freshmen and a sophomore on the mound, the five young Falcon pitchers combined to defeat the Horned Frogs for the second time this season. Air Force is the only Mountain West Conference team to defeat TCU twice this season and the just the second overall, joining Oklahoma.
Freshman right-hander Todd Del Toro, making his first-career start, held the Frogs to just one run in 4.1 innings pitched. Freshman Kincaid Koehler (3-9), became Air Force's first three-game winner on the season, picking up the win with one scoreless inning of relief.
Freshman Stephen Colangelo then held TCU to one run in three innings pitched after Koehler. Sophomore Andrew Loyd retired his one batter faced and freshman Sean Carley closed out the game for the save.
A solo home run to the opposite field by junior Nathan Carter in the sixth inning broke up a 1-1 tie and ultimately but Air Force up for good. Freshman Garrett Custons gave the Falcons much needed insurance runs in the ninth, with a two out two-run triple.
Air Force had just four hits in the game, with Addison Gentry collecting the teams' other two hits, including a solo home run in the first inning.
TCU had 12 hits in the game, but one two for extra base. Brance Rivera and Bryan Holaday had three hits each for the Horned Frogs. Starting pitcher Steven Maxwell (8-1) was beat for the first time this season, pitching eight innings, striking out six.
TCU plated its first run in the second and one in the ninth. Things got interesting in the final inning, as the Horned Frogs brought the tying run up to the plate with two outs. Carley was able to get Jimmie Pharr to pop up to third, however, to end the game.
Air Force and TCU conclude the series tomorrow, May 16. First pitch is 1 p.m. CST.