May 22, 2004
PROVO, Utah - Air Force (5-47, 0-28 MWC) dropped its third-consecutive doubleheader in as many days to get swept at BYU (28-28, 18-12 MWC) in its final regular season games Saturday afternoon at Larry H. Miller Field. In game one, a four run, eighth inning proved to be the difference as BYU rallied to win 10-9. The Cougars had 15 hits in game two to win 12-4.
Leading 9-6 headed into the bottom of the eighth inning in game one, the Falcons hearts were broken again as BYU rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth to retake the lead. After Blair Lucas scored on a wild pitch by JT Schroeder to make it a 9-7 game, a two-run single by Ben Saylor and a throwing error by the left fielder Tittle put the Cougars ahead. With the bases loaded, Saylor singled to left and Tittle's throw missed the cutoff man and trickled into the infield, allowing Kevin Bills to score the game winning run.
Joshua Barret (1-1) earned the win in relief of BYU starter Lance Beus. Beus was tagged for seven runs in 5.2 innings while fanning eight. Travis Fugler (0-1) was tagged with the loss. AFA starter William Goss gave up six runs in six innings pitched, striking out three.
Brent Tittle put AFA up 2-0 in the first as the junior launched a two-run homer down the left field line. The lead was short-lived as BYU came right back with three runs, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Kory Knell and Brandon Taylor.
The Falcons tied the game in the second as Nathan DeRohan hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center. BYU responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead at 4-3. The Cougars made it 5-3 in the third scoring a run on a throwing error by catcher Billy Adams.
After BYU put up a run in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-3, the Falcons rallied with four runs in the sixth to retake the lead 7-6. Jason Brown started the inning off by hitting a monster home run onto the street about 100 feet past the fence in left center to make it a 6-4 ballgame. Dale Kasel then came around to score on BYU shortstop Brandon Taylor's third error of the game and then Billy Adams singled through the right side to score Geno Salazar from second. The Falcons were not done as Matt Musser, knocked Beus out of the game with a single to center to score Adams for the fourth run of the inning.
Paul Jacinto closed the door on the Falcons with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for third save of the season.
Both teams had 12 hits in the game with BYU committing five errors and AFA three. Ben Saylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI for BYU. Matt Musser, Brown and Bolt had two hits apiece.
BYU went up 5-0 after two and a half innings in the second game, scoring four in the second and one in the third. Kevin Bills hit a three-run homer for the Cougars in the second.
The Falcons rallied with four runs in the bottom of the third to to make it a 5-4 game. Josh Wolfram tripled to lead-off the inning and scored on a wild pitch. Karl Bolt then hit a two-run double to score Matt Musser and Brent Tittle. Bolt then scored on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher.
BYU scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 7-4. Taylor then hit a three-run homer in the sixth as the Cougars scored five in the inning to make it a 12-4 game.
Bryce Burger (1-3) picked up the win in relief, throwing three scoreless innings. BYU starter Nick Lemon allowed four runs in three innings pitched. AFA starter Jeff Tetrault (1-5) allowed ten runs in five innings in the loss. Kyle DePierre pitched the final two innings in relief for the Falcons.
The Cougars were led in the second game by Adam Wilkes, who went 4-for-4 with two RBI's. Air Force had five hits, with Wolfram going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Air Force returns to action this Wednesday, May 26, at the 2004 Mountain West Conference Baseball Championships at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Falcons, the sixth-seed in the tourney, will take on the third-seeded team at 3 p.m. PST.
Game 1 Notes: William Goss made his first-career start for the Falcons... Karl Bolt stole his second base of the season... Josh Wolfram stole his team-leading 14th base of the season... Brown hit his team-leading sixth homer of the season... The Falcons homer three times in a game for the first time this season.