May 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sixth-seed Air Force baseball was eliminated from the 2014 Mountain West Baseball Championships with a 11-3 loss to seventh-seed San José State (19-36) in the opening game of the championships Wednesday morning at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Falcons concluded the season with 20-34 overall record, their winningest season since 2002.
San José State starting pitcher Kalei Contrades (5-2) tossed a complete game, striking out 11 in the win.
Starting pitcher Cameron White (4-8) took the loss, working six innings in his final game as a Falcon. White logged 105.2 innings for AFA, marking his second-straight season with 100-plus innings pitched. He is the first Falcon in school history to accomplish the feat.
San Jose State had 16 hits in the game. The Spartans' 1-2-3 hitters, Andrew Mercurio, Kyle Gallegos and Jacob Valdez had three hits each.
The Spartans scored a run in the first and two in the top of the third to build a 3-0 lead. The Falcons came back with two runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 game. Spencer Draws had an RBI-single to score Jake Schomaker for the first run and Tyler Jones knocked in David Thomas with a fly ball out for the second run.
San Jose State scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up 7-2. The teams traded runs in the eighth and the Spartans added three runs in the ninth. Air Force's run in the eighth came on a double off the top of the fence to right field by Kline, that scored Thomas.
Bird Bites: Three Falcons, Seth Kline, Jake Schomaker and Cameron White played their final games as the three seniors from the class of 2014...Air Force is 3-15 all-time at the MW Championships...prior to the game, White and LF Tyler Jones were named to the All-MW Baseball team as second-team honorees.