Errors Costly in Air Force Baseballís 8-3 Loss To IPFW
BRADENTON, Fla. - A big four-run seventh inning by IPFW helped the Mastodons to an 8-3 win over the Air Force baseball team in a neutral-site non-conference game Saturday morning at the IMG Academies. The Falcons committed two errors that led to five unearned runs as they fall to 4-10 on the season.
After coming back to tie the game up at 2-2 in the top of the seventh, the Falcons' miscues caught up with them late in the game. After a throwing error put a runner on base in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Fowler hit a two-run homer to put IPFW up 4-2. Zach Walton later hit a two-out two-run double in the inning to make it a 6-2 game.
The Falcons rallied back for a run in the eighth as Karl Bolt knocked in Matt Ghigna with a hard hit single past the third baseman to make it 6-3. IPFW came right back though with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, aided by another Air Force error.
Falcon starter Paul Vignola (0-2) took the loss despite a solid outing where he retired 14 Mastodons in a row at one point. Vignola went seven innings on just 78 pitches, scattering seven eight hits on six runs, three earned, while striking out three.
IPFW starter Keegan Laycock also pitched well earning the win with a complete game 10-hitter where did not walk a batter while fanning seven.
The Falcons out-hit the Mastodons 10-9, led by a pair of hits by Ghigna, Bolt and Geno Salazar. AFA center fielder Reid Lamson went 0-for-5 in the game to snap his 11-game hitting streak.
Air Force will take a mid-day breather before returning to the field later tonigh at 8 p.m. game against Lehigh at Manatee CC in Bradenton.