May 16, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A day after a tough extra-inning loss, Air Force baseball rebounded with a 3-1 win over New Mexico Friday night in Mountain West action at Lobo Field. The Falcons broke up a 1-1 tie with two runs in the eighth inning to knock-off the conference's top team.
Air Force (20-32, 10-19) won its 20th game of the season, the first time the program had reached the 20-win mark since 2002. The win was also bittersweet for the Falcons, who failed to hold a 1-0 lead after eight innings yesterday, in a tough 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Lobos.
The Falcons continue to get excellent pitching in the series, as starting pitcher Griffin Jax and reliever Steven Trojan combined to allow just one run off nine hits. Jax worked five innings, allowing one run in the non-decision. The freshman has allowed just one run in 14 innings pitched against UNM (36-18-1, 19-10) this season. Trojan (3-6) earned the win with four shutout innings, striking out five.
The Falcons had 11 hits on the night. Tyler Jones led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double. Jake Schomaker and Spencer Draws added two hits. Schomaker also had a double and RBI. Tyler Saleck, Travis Neubeck and David Thomas scored AFA's runs.
Leadoff hitter Sam Haggerty led New Mexico with three hits. Lobo reliever Carson Schneider (2-1) took the loss. Starting pitcher Colton Thomson allowed one run in seven innings pitched.
The Falcons struck first with a run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. New Mexico tied the game up with a run in the fifth.
Thomas singled down the right field line to score Neubeck for the first run. Thomas came around to score the second run of the inning on a fielding error.
With the win, Air Force claimed the #6 seed in the Mountain West Championships. The Falcons will be the home team in the play-in game Wednesday against #7 seed San Jose State.
The rubber game of the three-game series is tomorrow at 1 p.m.