Air Force Baseball Opens MW Play At Nevada

    Sophomore catcher Brian Sicher.
    Sophomore catcher Brian Sicher.

    March 13, 2013

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    Schedule
    at Nevada Wolf Pack - Friday, March 15 - 2 pm (PST)
    at Nevada - Saturday, March 16 - 1 pm
    at Nevada - Sunday, March 17 - 1 pm
    - All three games at Peccole Park - Reno, Nev.

    Live Stats/Video/Broadcast/Twitter
    - Live stats for all three games at goairforcefalcons.com
    - Live webstream and internet broadcast for all three games at nevadawolfpack.com (fee required)
    - Twitter updates at: @AF_Falcons

    The Coaches:
    AF: Mike Kazlausky (Maj. Retired) (USAFA, 1991) is 38-85 in his third year.
    Nevada: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971) is 923-736-5 in his 31st year at Nevada.

    Records:
    Air Force - 5-10
    Nevada - 11-6

    Last Time Out:
    Air Force - Was swept in a three-game set at Gardner-Webb (Boiling Springs, N.C.) last weekend.
    Nevada - Went 1-2 vs. Utah Valley last weekend and downed UC Davis 11-10 on Tuesday.

    Series History
    First meeting

    Falcons Open MW Play at Nevada
    The Air Force baseball team opens Mountain West play at new conference rival Nevada this weekend, March 15-17, in Reno, Nev. All three games will have live video, internet broadcast and stats.

    Scouting Nevada
    - Nevada is 11-6 on the season.
    - The Wolf Pack are batting .281, have a 5.53 ERA and are fielding .973.
    - Austin Byler leads Nevada in batting, with a .410 average to go with six homers and 24 RBIs.
    - Bradley Shipley (2-0, 2.93) leads the Wolf Pack in pitching, with 33 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.

    Opponent Connections
    - Air Force freshman RHP Steven Trojan and Nevada sophomore shortstop Kyle Hunt hail from Mission Viejo, Calif. and attended Capistrano Valley High School.

    Falcons in MW Play in 2012
    - Air Force went 5-19 in conference play last year, finishing fifth.
    - The five conference wins were the most by the Falcons since the 2002 season.
    - Air Force batted .266, had an ERA of 8.10 and fielded .953 in MW play last year.
    - Seth Kline was Air Force's top hitter in conference play, batting .348 last season.
    - RHP Cameron White is AF's top returning pitcher in MW play, with a 7.65 ERA in conference action as a sophomore.

    Recapping Gardner-Webb Series
    Air Force went 0-3 at Gardner-Webb over the weekend, dropping all three games by just one run.
    - The Falcons lost 4-3 on Friday, 7-6 in 11 innings Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday.
    - The Falcons batted .243, had a 3.71 ERA and fielded .947 in the series.
    - First baseman Seth Kline led the Falcons at the plate, batting .455 (5-for-11) with two runs scored.
    - Cameron White tossed his first complete game of the year Friday.
    - Bo Wilson tossed four scoreless innings of relief Sunday.

    Pitching Off To Hot Start
    The Falcon pitching staff is off to a fast start to 2013. Air Force currently ranks third in the conference with a staff ERA of 4.28 and 123 strikeouts. The Falcons currently have their lowest ERA as a staff since 1979. The Falcons also boast four of the top 10 pitchers in strikouts. Senior LHP Ben Bertelson leads the conference and ranks 17th in the nation (last week) with 35 strikeouts.

    Stellar Starting Pitching
    Air Force is getting steady production out of its starting pitching so far in 2013. The Falcon starters have logged at least five innings in 13 of 15 games this season. Three Air Force pitchers with rank in the conference top 10 in K's.

    Bullpen Solid
    The Falcon bullpen has proven to be solid for the Falcons also this season. The bullpen allowed just one earned run in 9.2 innings of work vs. Gardner-Webb (0.93) and has a combined ERA of 1.90 over the last three weeks. The Falcon bullpen has a 4.25 ERA on the season.

    Falcons Amongst NCAA Leaders
    Several Falcons are amongst the NCAA leaders for games played to March 10. Senior lefthander Ben Bertelson is fifth in the nation in K's per nine innings and junior righthander Cameron White is 17th in walks per nine innings.

    Bertelson Leads MW In K's
    Senior left-hander Ben Bertelson leads the Mountain West with 35 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. The Midland, Texas native has struck out at least eight batters in all four starts and has nine K's in three starts. Bertelson recently cracked Air Force's Top 10 list for strikeouts, ranking 10th with 174 K's.

    Close Losses
    Air Force's last five losses have been by one run, including two by way of walk-off. The last six Falcon losses have been by a combined seven runs. Air Force is also looking for its first true road win, being 0-7 on the road.

    Up Next
    The Falcons play five home games next week. Air Force hosts Nebraska-Omaha, Tues.-Wed., March 19-20 and Fresno State, Fri.-Sun., March 22-24.

     

     

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