May 15, 2012
GREELEY, Colo. - With the aid of three Colorado natives, Air Force baseball rallied to a 7-6 road win at Northern Colorado Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field. The win improved the Falcons to 14-36 and dropped the Bears to 25-27. Senior Blair Roberts hit a two-run home run for the game-winning RBI for the Falcons.
Trailing 4-3, Air Force responded with a four-run fifth-inning to pull ahead 7-3. The Falcons were able to hold off Northern Colorado, which scored two late runs to pull within one.
Colorado natives Ben Yokley, hailing from Arvada, (1-1) and Mike Kazakoff, of Littleton, helped the Falcons on the mound as Yokley picked up the win in relief and Kazakoff nailed down the game with his third save of the season.
Falcon starting pitcher Todd Del Toro pitched one inning. Alex Baker, Jack Hourin and Matt Zettler also pitched in relief. Yokley pitched three innings, striking out three. Kazakoff pitched in relief for the Falcons for the 15th time in the last 16 games.
Roberts, another Colorado native, from Parker, led AFA at the plate, going 2-for-6 with a double and homer. Roberts capped-off Air Force's four-run fifth with a two-run shot, his second home run in 683 career at-bats and first since his freshman year. Adam Hill, Garrett Custons, Matt Thorne and Matthew Roberts also had two hits each for the Falcons.
Northern Colorado reliever Cameron Tallman (0-2) took the loss. Starting pitcher Casey Coy pitched one inning. The Bears had 11 hits in the game. Coy and Tony Crudo had two hits each for UNC.
The game was 2-3 after the first inning, as the Falcons scored two and UNC scored three. Air Force tied the game with a run in the third. Northern Colorado went back ahead with a run in the fourth.
The Falcons put up four in the fifth. Brian Sicher hit a sac-fly to score Thorne for the first run and M. Roberts singled up the middle to put AFA ahead. B. Roberts then followed with the two-run shot to left-center, putting the Falcons up three.
Northern Colorado scored two run in the seventh, but Zettler tossed a scoreless eighth and Kazakoff the ninth to close out the game.
Air Force returns to action Thursday, beginning at three-game set at New Mexico. The Falcons need to win all three games to get into the Mountain West Conference Championships.