Falcons To Play Three At Utah

    Junior Jake Petro.
    Junior Jake Petro.

    March 27, 2008

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    Air Force (9-13, 0-3) vs. Utah (8-12, 1-2)

    at Utah - Friday, March 28 - Franklin Covey Field - Salt Lake City, Utah - 6 p.m. MST
    at Utah - Saturday, March 29 - Franklin Covey Field - Salt Lake City, Utah - 1 p.m. MST
    at Utah - Sunday, March 30 - Franklin Covey Field - Salt Lake City, Utah - 1 p.m. MST

    Radio/Live Stats:
    Live stats available at www.utahutes.com and www.goairforcefalcons.com.

    The Coaches:
    AF: Mike Hutcheon (Wayne State (Neb.), 1984) is 42-188 in his 4th year at Air Force and 281-328 in his 13th year as a head coach.
    Utah: Bill Kinneberg (Arizona, 1980) is 109-129 in his 5th year at Utah and is 354-312 in his 13th year overall as a head coach.

    Utah leads the series 99-38.

    Last Meeting:
    Air Force lost to Utah, 6-8, on May 13, 2007, at the Academy.

    AF: One game losing streak.
    Utah: One game winning streak.

    Falcons Wrap-Up Spring Break At Utah
    The Air Force Falcon baseball team (9-13, 0-3) heads to Utah (8-12, 1-2) for a three-game conference series Fri.-Sun., March 28-30, in Salt Lake City. Live stats will be available for the series.

    Falcons Close Out Nine Games In Eleven Days At Utah
    Beginning with the BYU series, Air Force is slated to play nine games in a span of 11 days. With the Falcons being on Spring Break beginning with the Easter weekend, Air Force will sandwich an east coast road trip in between conference series with BYU and Utah. After the BYU series, the Falcons travel to Charleston, S.C. to play Charleston Southern on Monday, March 24. The Falcons then play at Savannah State on Tues.-Wed., March 25-26. Air Force wraps up the trip with a three-game set at Utah, Fri.-Sat., March 28-30.

    Noting the Falcons
    - Air Force is 9-13 on the season after going 2-1 earlier in the week with wins over Charleston Southern and Savannah State and one lost to Savannah State.
    - Air Force is batting .254 on the season, has a pitching staff earned run average of 6.70 and is fielding .950.
    - Senior outfielder Chay Derbigny leads the Falcons with a .337 batting average to go with a conference leading 15 stolen bases.
    - Sophomore reliever Michael Ruvolo leads the pitching staff with a 2-2 record, 4.85 ERA and four saves in 26 innings of work.
    - Air Force has already eclipsed the win total of the 2007 team. It took the 2007 squad 44 games to get to eight wins while the 2008 team needed just 21 to get to nine.

    Scouting Utah
    - Utah is 8-12 on the season and 1-2 in conference play after going 1-2 at San Diego State last weekend.
    - The Utes are led offensively by junior outfielder Corey Shimada, who is batting .378 with two homers and 27 runs scored.
    - Junior righthander Brian Budrow (3-1, 2.30) leads the staff with 37 K's in 31.0 innings pitched.
    - Utah is batting .322 as a team and have a staff ERA of 5.90.

    Series History
    - Air Force and Utah have played each other 137 times.
    - The Utes lead the series 99-38.
    - Air Force is 18-51 all-time in Salt Lake City.
    - The Falcons last win in Salt Lake City was a 12-3 win on May 14, 2005, at Cate Field at Salt Lake Community College.
    - The Falcons last win at Franklin Covey was an 11-9 win on May 11, 2003.
    - The two teams first met on March 26, 1979, where the Falcons defeated the Utaes, 19-4.

    AF-Utah Connections
    - Air Force has no players on its team from Utah.
    - Jesse Shriner is the lone Utah player from Colorado. Shriner hails from Littleton and attended Bear Creek HS.

    Trends Starting To Develop With 2008 Falcons
    After 22 games played this year, some trends have developed in regards to the Air Force baseball team.
    - Air Force is 7-2 this season when committing one or fewer errors in a game.
    - Air Force is also good in close games, with a 7-5 record in games decided by two or fewer runs.
    - Air Force is 9-4 when holding opponents under 10 runs in a game.
    - Air Force is 6-0 when leading after six innings and 4-0 when outhitting its opponents.

    Up Next
    The Falcons return home to play two games against Doane College on April 1 & 2. The Tues., April 1, game is slated to be played at 7 p.m. at the Runyon Sports Complex in Pueblo. The Wed. April 2, game is slated to be played at Noon at the Academy. The Falcons then head to Fort Worth, Texas, for a three-game weekend set at TCU, April 4-6.

    Complete series notes in PDF link at top of release.



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