Air Force Hits Way To 13-6 Win Thursday vs. UNLV
May 16, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball had a season-high 20 hits to roll to a 13-6 win over UNLV in Mountain West action Thursday afternoon at Falcon Field. The win lifted the Falcons to 15-35, 7-21 and dropped the Rebels to 34-18, 16-12.
Eight players had multi-hit games for the Falcons, led by senior centerfielder David Baska and junior first baseman Seth Kline. Baska went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Kline went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs.
Seniors Alex Bast and Matt Thorne added three hits each, with Thorne hitting a pair of doubles. Senior Garrett Custons and freshman Spencer Draws both had two hits and scored three runs each. Freshman Peter Johnson had two hits and two RBIs and senior Matthew Roberts added two hits.
Starting pitcher freshman Steven Trojan (4-6) pitched six innings, striking out five, for the win. Senior Jack Hourin and sophomore Ben Yokley closed out the game in relief. Hourin pitched in his 17th conference game, setting a new Falcon record for most Mountain West pitching appearances in a season.
UNLV starting pitcher Erick Fedde (6-3) was tagged for six runs in three innings pitched in the loss. The Rebels had 11 hits on the day. Colorado native Mark Shannon (Littleton) led the Rebels as the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.
The two teams combined to hit 12 doubles on the day.
The Falcons scored a run in the first and then erupted for five in the third to lead 6-0 early on. UNLV scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it a 6-3 ballgame. Air Force then responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to go back up six, at 9-3.
UNLV scored two runs in the seventh, but AFA responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rebels added their final run in the top of the eighth.
Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow back at Falcon Field. First pitch is at 1 p.m.