March 1, 2010
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Air Force (1-6) vs. Colorado Christian (6-8)/South Dakota State (2-1)
vs. CCU - Tuesday, March 2 - 2:30 p.m.
vs. South Dakota State
Friday, March 5 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 6 - 11 a.m. (Doubleheader)
Sunday, March 7 - 12 p.m.
- All games at Falcon Field - USAF Academy, Colo.
Admission is free for all games at Falcon Field.
Internet Radio/Live Stats:
KAFA 97.7 FM
AF: Mike Hutcheon (Wayne State (Neb.), 1984) is 66-251 in his 7th year at Air Force and 305-391 in his 16th year as a head coach.
CCU: Rob Pegg (Vanguard University, 1997) is 59-152 in his fourth year at CCU.
SDSU: Ritchie Price (Kansas, 2006) is 28-31 in his second year at South Dakota State.
vs. CCU: Air Force leads, 8-0
vs. SDSU: Air Force leads, 5-2
- vs. CUU: Air Force won 11-7 on March 17, 2009 at the Academy.
- vs. SDSU: Air Force won 11-8 on March 16, 2008 in Pueblo.
Last Time Out:
Air Force: Went 1-2 vs. Navy in Savannah, Ga.
CCU: Was swept in a three-game series at New Mexico Highlands over the weekend.
SDSU: Went 1-2 in a three-game set at Murray State.
Falcons Host Five-Game Homestand vs. Colorado Christian and South Dakota State
The Air Force baseball team begins a five-game homestand this Tuesday, March 2, hosting Colorado Christian in its home-opener. The Falcons also host South Dakota State this Fri.-Sun., March 5-7, in a four-game series. All five games will feature free internet radio and live stats. Admission is free for all Air Force baseball home games.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tuesday To Inaugurate New Falcon Field
Prior to the first pitch of the Colorado Christian game, a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will take place to inaugurate the newly renovated Falcon Field. Air Force superintendent of cadets Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh and several other members of the Academy leadership will be on hand for the ceremony. The ribbon cutting ceremonies are slated to begin at 2:15 p.m.
All New Falcon Field
Falcon Field, home of Air Force baseball, underwent several upgrades in time for the 2010 season. The entire playing surface, except for a dirt mound is now comprised of synthetic FieldTurf. Falcon Field formerly had a grass outfield and dirt around the bases and home plate of the synthetic turf infield.
Listed below are the new upgrades to Falcon Field
- New all-weather synthetic FieldTurf.
- New fencing suffrounding entire field.
- New padding behind home plate.
- New hitters eye.
- New benches in the home dugout.
- New protective fencing in front of both dugouts.
- The Falcons return six starters and 14 letterwinners.
- Air Force welcomes 17 newcomers, including 10 pitchers to the team.
- Freshman shortstop Matthew Roberts leads the Falcon hitters, batting .375 with five runs scored.
- Freshman right-hander Sean Carley leads the Falcon pitching staff with a 1-1 record, 5.54 ERA to go with 10 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched.
- The Falcons are batting .280 as a team and fielding .964. The pitching staff has a 9.75 ERA.
- Colorado Christian is 6-8 on the season.
- The Cougars are led offensively by senior outfielder Chad Meske, who is batting .375 with 10 RBIs. Junior Jake Logan leads the pitching staff with a 2-2 record and 4.30 ERA in 23 innings pitched.
- CCU is batting .307 as a team and fielding .940. The pitching staff has a 7.47 ERA.
Scouting South Dakota State
- South Dakota State is 1-2 on the season.
- The Jackrabbits are led offensively by junior outfielder Billy Stitz, who is batting .455. Senior left-hander Mike Robinson was the opening day starter for SDSU, striking out two in 5.2 innings pitched.
- SDSU is batting .287 as a team and fielding .967. The pitching staff has a 2.42 ERA.
Series History vs. Colorado Christian
- Air Force is 8-0 all time against Colorado Christian.
- The two team s first played on Feb. 4, 2006, with the Falcons sweeping a doubleheader, 5-0 and 2-1.
Air Force-CCU Game-By-Game
2/4/06 AF, 5-0 H
2/4/06 AF, 2-1 H
3/7/07 AF, 8-3 A
4/17/07 AF, 13-0 H
4/8/08 AF, 9-8 H
4/29/08 AF, 14-3 H
3/4/09 AF, 18-4 H
3/17/09 AF, 11-7 H
Series History vs. South Dakota State
- Air Force is 5-2 all-time against South Dakota State.,br>
- The Falcons and Jackrabbits last played each other in 2008, in a three-game set at Runyon Field in Pueblo. Prior to that series, it had been 45 years since the two teams played, back in 1963.
- Air Force is 5-1 at home.
Air Force-South Dakota State Game-by-Game
3/31/59 W, 11-9
3/13/61 L, 3-1
4/12/63 W, 21-3
4/13/63 W, 12-5
3/15/08 L, 1-13 H*
3/15/08 W, 5-3 H*
3/16/08 W, 11-8 H*
*Games played in Pueblo
Last Year vs. CCU
Air Force swept two games against Colorado Christian in 2008.
- First meeting: The Falcons racked up 22 hits to CCU 18-4...Matt Alexander went 5-for-6 with four doubles and six RBIs...Addison Gentry went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs...K.J. Randhawa scored four runs...Andrew Loyd picked up his first-career win in relief...the Falcons had 11 extra-base hits in the game, including eight doubles.
- Second meeting: The Falcons defeated CCU 11-7...Matt Alexander went 3-for-4 with with a homer, four runs and three RBIs...Addison Gentry went 3-for-5 and Nathan Carter homered...Michael Ruvolo pickedup his first win of the year in relief.
Last Meeting vs. South Dakota State
Air Force went 2-1 in a three-game series vs. South Dakota State from March 15-16, 2008.
- Game one: SDSU scored in each of the first five innings to roll to a 13-1 win...AFA was held to two hits in the game...Alex Truesdale lasted just two innings in the start and took the loss.
- Game two: Jake Petro and Michael Ruvolo combined to hold SDSU to three runs and eight hits in 5-3 seven-inning win...Petro threw 5 innings, allowing two runs...Ruvolo colosed out with two innings for the save...Addison Gentry and Jake Allen with two hits each.
- Game three: Trailing 7-3, Falcons erupt for four runs in both fifth and sixth innings to out-last Jackrabbits 11-8...Addison Gentry goes 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs...Chay Derrbigny racks up four hits...Michael Ruvolo with second-straight game with a save.
Recapping The Navy Series
Air Force went 1-2 vs. Navy last weekend at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Ga.
- The Falcons lost game one, 17-5, won game two, 12-4, and lost game three, 10-9 in 11 innings.
- The Falcons batted .306 as a team, fielded .973 and had a team ERA of 9.32.
- Addison Gentry and Matthew Roberts batted .500 in the series (both 6-for-12).
- Gentry and Johnathon Bramble homered in the series.
- Sean Carley picked up his first career win, striking out seven in seven innings.
- The Falcon pitching staff struck out 28 in 28 innings.
- The Falcons were a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Alexander Named Preseason All-American
Air Force senior designated hitter/first baseman Matt Alexander was named to the Ping! Baseball 2010 Preseason All-American Team. Alexander, who batted .383 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs as a junior, was named third-team All-American as a designated hitter.
One of the top hitters in the Mountain West Conference as a junior, Alexander led the conference in RBIs and was second in home runs and slugging percentage (.710). In 2009, Alexander was a First Team Pro-Line NCBWA All-American and one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate player (one of two players from the MWC, joining Howser Trophy winner Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State). Alexander, a native of Oak Park, Calif., also garnered 2009 Third Team Ping! Baseball All-American honors.
Entering 2009, Alexander is Air Force's top returner in terms of career hits (184), batting average (.323), homers (25), RBIs (147) and games played (152).
Plenty of Experience Returning For Falcons
Air Force returns six seniors and six starters to the field in 2009. The six seniors are the most at the Academy since 2003. Four starters are three-year starters (Alexander, Ausbun, Gentry, Randhawa) and junior Nathan Carter is a two-year starter. Senior RHP Alex Truesdale is a fourth-year starter on the mound and senior RHP Michael Ruvolo is Air Force's most experienced reliever with 85 career appearances.
17 Freshmen Join Falcons
On the flip side of all that experience, Air Force also welcomes 17 freshmen, four of which are slated to start. The 2010 class features nine pitchers, including two left-handers. Six members of the freshman class also hail from Florida.
California, Florida and Texas Well Represented
The Air Force baseball staff has done a solid effort at recruiting the talent hot-beds of California, Florida and Texas as 20 of the 31 players on the roster are from those three states. Seven players hail from both California and Texas and six freshmen from Florida join the Falcons in 2010.
Ruvolo Moving Up Most Games Pitched List
Junior right-hander Michael Ruvolo is well on his way towards becoming the most durable reliever in Air Force history. Through three-years, Ruvolo has made 85 pitching appearances, ranking second all-time. After making two appearances to start 2010, he needs four more appearances to overtake all-time leader Steve Carson, with 90 career appearances. Ruvolo led the MWC this season with 27 appearances. He is also six games shy of passing the Mountain West Conference record of 92.
Truesdale Anchors Pitching Staff
Senior right-hander Alex Truesdale enters 2010 as Air Force's most reliable pitcher. Truesdale has led Air Force in innings pitched each of his first three years and has led the team in strikeouts and ERA the last two years. Truesdale has logged 35 career starts and struck out 145 in 247 career innings. He was the team MVP as a sophomore in 2008.
Air Force features five pitchers that stand 6-foot-3 or taller, including four that are at least 6-foot-4. Freshman left-hander Kincaid Koehler is Air Force's tallest player at 6-foot-5.
Fr. LHP Kincaid Koehler 6-5/210
So. RHP Evan Abrecht 6-4/190
Fr. RHP Sean Carley 6-4/230
So. LHP Michael Ceci 6-4/195
Fr. RHP Jack Hourin 6-3/170
2010 Preseason Accolades
Sr. DH Matt Alexander
- Ping!Baseball Preseason All-American, 3rd Team
- Preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team
- Best Pure Hitter (One of top 3) in MWC as voted by conference coaches at Collegebaseballinsider.com
Sr. 1B Addison Gentry
- Baseball America Preseason All-MWC
- Preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team
Fr. RHP Sean Carley
- Baseball America Fifth Best MWC Newcomer
Air Force travels to the South Bay Area in Northern California to take part in the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament, co-hosted by San Jose State and Santa Clara, Thurs.-Sun. March 11-14. The Falcons play three games in San Jose (March 11 vs. UC Davis, March 12 & 14 vs. SJSU) and one game vs. Santa Clara, March 13, in Santa Clara.