Falcons Host BYU In Three-Game MWC Set

    Freshman Matt Barattino.
    Freshman Matt Barattino.

    April 23, 2008

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    Air Force (13-24, 0-11) vs. BYU (15-24, 5-7)

    vs. BYU - Thursday, April 24 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - 2 p.m. MST
    vs. BYU - Friday, March 25 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - 2 p.m. MST
    vs. BYU - Saturday, March 26 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - Noon MST

    Radio/Live Stats:
    - Radio available at www.byucougars.com (subscription required).
    - Live stats available at www.goairforcefalcons.com

    The Coaches:
    AF: Mike Hutcheon (Wayne State (Neb.), 1984) is 45-199 in his 4th year at Air Force and 285-339 in his 13th year as a head coach.
    BYU: Vance Law (BYU, 1978) is 280-227-2 in his 9th year at BYU.

    BYU leads the series 131-23.

    Last Meeting:
    Air Force was swept in a three game set, March 20-22, 2008 in Provo, Utah.

    AF: One game winning streak.
    BYU: Four game losing streak.

    Falcons Hosts BYU In MWC Series
    The Air Force Falcon baseball team (13-24, 0-11) plays host to BYU (15-24, 5-7) for a three-game Mountain West Conference series, Thurs.-Sat., April 24-26, at Falcon Field. Live internet radio and stats will be available for the series.

    Noting the Falcons
    - Air Force is 13-24 on the season. The Falcons went 2-2 over the weekend, slitting two games each to Utah Valley and Northern Colorado up in Greeley, Colo.
    - Air Force is batting .265 on the season, has a pitching staff earned run average of 8.42 and is fielding .954.
    - Sophomore 1B/DH Matt Alexander leads the Falcons with a .318 batting average to go with six home runs and 37 RBIs.
    - Sophomore reliever Michael Ruvolo leads the pitching staff with a 4-3 record, 6.69 ERA and four saves in 35.0 innings of work.

    Scouting BYU
    - BYU is 14-24 on the season and 5-7 in conference play after getting swept at TCU last weekend.
    - The Cougars are led offensively by sophomore outfielder Sean McNaughton, who is batting .326 with eight homers and 33 RBI.
    - Junior righthander Jordan Muir (2-4, 5.34) leads the staff with 44 K's in 55.2 innings pitched.
    - BYU is batting .291, fielding .953 and has a staff ERA of 7.78.

    Series History
    - Air Force and BYU have played each other 154 times.
    - The Cougars lead the series 131-23.
    - BYU had won the last four games played at Falcon Field.
    - The two teams first met on June 2, 1962, where the Falcons defeated the Cougars, 4-2, at the District VII playoffs.
    (Game-by-game breakdown of series on page 6).

    AF-BYU Connections
    - Air Force has no players on its team from Utah.,br> - J.T. Musso is the lone BYU player from Colorado. Musso hails from Pueblo and attended Pueblo County HS.
    - BYU pitching coach Bobby Applegate was the pitching coach at Air Force for your years, from 1998-2001.

    Up Next
    The Falcons host Colorado Christian on Tuesday, April 29, in a makeup game of the snowout on April 16. Air Force then hosts San Diego State over the weekend of May 2-4.



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