May 17, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball dropped a 7-6 ballgame to UNLV in Mountain West action Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 15-36, 7-22 and improved the Rebels to 35-18, 17-12.
The Falcons rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. UNLV then brought in reliever Brayden Torres to get the final out of the game for the save.
UNLV starting pitcher Buddy Borden (8-1) held the Falcons to three runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched.
Air Force starting pitcher Cameron White (3-10) pitched six innings, striking out three in the loss. White surpassed the 100 innings pitched mark for the season, becoming just the fourth Falcon pitcher in school history to reach that mark. Sophomore Ben Yokley closed out the game with three innings of relief.
Air Force had 11 hits in the game. Senior shortstop Matt Thorne led the Falcons at the plate, going 3-for5 with three runs scored. Senior left fielder Alex Bast added a double and two RBIs. Junior first baseman Seth Kline had two hits, including a double, as did senior catcher Garrett Custons.
UNLV had 14 hits in the game. First baseman Brandon Bayardi went 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs to lead the Rebels. First baseman Patrick Armstrong added a two-run home run.
Air Force plated a run in the second inning to take an early lead. UNLV scored three in the third and one in the fourth to jump ahead 4-1. The Falcons scored a run in the bottom of the fourth before the Rebels came back with two runs in the fifth. The teams traded run, with AFA scoring one in the sixth and UNLV one in the eighth.
Air Force pieced together three runs off four hits in the ninth.
The rubber match of the series and Falcon home-finale is tomorrow back at Falcon Field. First pitch is at 12 p.m.