May 20, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball split a pair of games with BYU Friday, taking game one, 4-3, and falling in game two, 4-1. The split moves the Falcons to 19-35, 4-19 while the Cougars are 28-25, 10-12.
In game one, which was a resumption of a fifth-inning rainout yesterday, began with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and BYU holding a 2-0 lead. With the score at 3-1, Air Force rallied back with three runs in the eighth inning to pull out the 4-3 win.
The Cougars plated runs in the first and fourth innings to build the 2-0 lead. Garrett Custons hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to put AFA on the board and make it a 2-1 game.
BYU scored in the top of the eighth to go back up by two at 3-1 before the Falcon rally. Parker Mayo got the rally started with an RBI-single, that scored Custons, for the first run in the eighth. The Falcons went ahead later in the inning as pinch-hitter Ryan Kramer hit a two out single to center, scoring Jon McMahon and Mayo.
Stephen Colangelo then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game and pick up his seventh save of the season. Reliever Luke Dorlac (3-2) earned the win, allowing one run over three strong innings in relief. Falcon starting pitcher Cameron White also pitched well for the Falcons on Thursday, allowing one earned run in five innings, while striking out four.
BYU reliever Chris Capper (3-5) took the loss. Cougar starting pitcher Taylor Cole held AFA to two hits over 4.2 innings, striking out five.
Air Force had eight hits in the game. Custons led the way, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a double. BYU had eight hits, led by Alex Wolfe, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
In game two, BYU broke up a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh inning and went on to win 4-1 in a game that lasted just one hour and 36 minutes. Alex Wolfe scored the game winning run in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Both starting pitchers, Evan Abrecht (5-8) for Air Force and Desmond Poulson (5-0) for BYU, went the distance. Abrecht struck out four in nine innings, allowing two earned runs. Poulson scattered five hits over nine innings, striking out eight.
After BYU scored in the seventh, they added two more in the eighth.
The series finale will be at 12 p.m. tomorrow. Five Air Force seniors will be honored before first pitch.