March 7, 2012
at Portland - Friday, March 9 (2 p.m. PST)
at Portland - Saturday, March 10 (11 a.m. doubleheader)
at Portland - Sunday, March 11 (1 p.m.)
Harley Park - Portland, Ore.
- livestats at goAirForceFalcons.com
- live audio broadcast at portlandpilots.com
AF: Mike Kazlausky (USAFA 1991) is 22-44 in his second year.
Portland: Chris Sperry (Portland, 1989), 286-459-1, 15th year at Portland.
Last Time Out:
Air Force - Went 0-4 combined at Gardner-Webb, Wofford and USC Upstate last weekend.
Portland - Went 1-2 at CSU Bakersfield last weekend and defeated Concordia on Tuesday.
Air Force leads 4-0, sweeping series at Academy last year.
Falcons Travel To Portland
The Air Force baseball team travels west to take on Portand for a four game series this weekend, March 9-11. Livestats and live audio broadcast will be available for all four games.
Portland is 7-2 on the season after going 1-2 at CSU Bakersfield over the weekend and defeating Concordia on Tuesday.
- The Pilots are batting .277, have an ERA of 3.38 and are fielding .980.
- Sr. SS Kris Kauppila leads the team with a .389 average to go with two homers and eight RBIs.
- Sr. RHP Kyle Kraus (1-1, 4.42), Fr. LHP Travis Radke (2-0, 0.64), Fr. RHP Kody Watts (0-0, 3.38) and Jr. RHP Chris Johnson (1-1, 5.73) are slated to start vs. AFA.
Falcons vs. West Coast Conference
- Air Force is 35-152 all-time vs. schools from the West Coast Conference.
- Not including former Mountain West conference foe BYU, Air Force is 7-8 vs. the rest of the WCC teams.
Air Force-Opponent Connections
- Jr. RHP Jack Hourin and Portland Fr. RHP/IF Aaron Moore are both natives of Austin, Texas. Hourin attended Lake Travis HS and Moore attended St. Episcopal School.
- Air Force plays in the state of Oregon for the first-time ever.
- Air Force is 4-4 all-time vs. schools from Oregon, going 0-4 vs. Oregon State.
Recapping Last Week
- Air Force went 0-4 last weekend in road games at Gardner-Webb, Wofford and USC Upstate.
- The Falcons lost 8-2 Friday at Gardner-Webb. Air Force then dropped both games of a doubleheader at Wofford Saturday, 2-0 in game one and 5-4 in game two. The Falcons lost Sunday at USC Upstate, 6-2.
- The Falcons batted .174 as a team, had a 5.70 team ERA and fielded .961 last weekend.
- Jr. C/OF Garrett Custons was AFA's top batter, hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a run scored.
- Sr. RHP Evan Abrecht held Wofford to one run over six innings, striking out five.
- So. RHP Cameron White held Wofford to two runs over seven innings, while striking out six.
- Jr. RHP Ben Bertelson struck out a career-high 10 batters vs. Gardner-Webb.
- Fr. 1B Tyler Saleck got his first-career hit vs. Wofford.
- So. OF Shaun Lovett had his first-career at bat vs. Gardner-Webb.
Pitching Off To A Solid Start In 2012
Three weeks into the season, the Air Force pitching staff is off to a very solid start. The Falcons currently post a 4.30 ERA. That total is 1.76 runs a game lower after 11 games compared to last year and 5.45 runs per game lower than two years ago at the same point in the season.
Starting Pitching Also Off To A Good Start
Air Force starting pitchers are off its best start in nearly a decade. The Falcon starting pitchers currently sport a 4.00 ERA, having struck out 51 in 63.0 innings. At this same point last year, the Falcons starters had a 4.55 ERA and just two years ago had a 10.44 ERA.
White Turning Into Effective Starter
Sophomore right-hander Cameron White is developing into an effective front-line starting pitcher for Air Force. White enters the weekend with team-leading totals of a 1.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. White has allowed just four earned runs through his first three starts.
Custons Leads MW In Hitting
Junior C/OF Garrett Custons currently leads the Mountain West Conference with a .390 batting average. Custons ranks in the MW top 10 in 11 offensive categories. He also leads the MW with five doubles and 26 total bases. In addition to his offensive numbers, Custons leads the conference with four runners thrown out attempting to steal, despite starting just 4 of 11 games this season at catcher.
The Falcons will play three games in St. Louis, Mo. next weekend, March 16-18. The Falcons take on Tennesse-Martin on Friday, host Saint Louis on Saturday and Western Illinois on Sunday.