Dayton whips Air Force Baseball, 21-6
Mark Wahl went 5-for-5 with three homers and drove in 10 runs Tuesday to lead to University of Dayton past Air Force, 21-6, at Falcon Field.
Wahl started his barrage with a grand slam home run in the top of the first inning, knocking Falcon starter Johnny Koegel out of the game after facing just five batters, all of whom scored. The first batter Koegel faced, Mark Schulte, led off the game with a solo homer to right center field.
Wahl struck again in the second, belting a three-run shot off Brad Bashore, and hit a two-run homer off Bashore in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in the fifth as the Flyers were ahead 20-2 after five innings.
Schulte and Shawn Bolinger each had four hits for the Flyers, who improved to 3-7 this season. Bolinger led off the sixth inning with a solo homer for Dayton's final run and finished the game with three RBIs. The Flyers pounded 21 hits off five Air Force pitchers.
Gerremy Goldsberry and Bowie Frost each hit a home run for Air Force, now 13-11 and riding a five-game losing streak. Goldsberry hit a solo homer, his team-high seventh round tripper of the season, in the second inning, while Frost smacked his first homer of the season, a two-run blast, in the seventh. Frost and Brian LaBasco were the only Falcons to have multiple hits on the day. Frost, brought in to pinch hit in the fifth inning, added an RBI single in the ninth, while LaBasco had a double and a single.
Dayton left-hander Jake Hanson gained his first win of the season, allowing just two runs on two hits in six innings of work. Carl King, Aaron Pahs and Sam Fisher each pitched one inning to close out the game.
These two teams battle again tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. in the finale of the two-game series.