Falcons Host Utah for Four-game MWC Series

    Sophomore Matt Alexander.
    Sophomore Matt Alexander.

    May 7, 2008

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    Air Force (16-28, 2-15) vs. Utah (17-24, 5-12)

    vs. Utah - Friday, May 9 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - 2 p.m. MST
    vs. Utah - Saturday, May 10 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - 11 a.m. MST (Doubleheader)
    vs. Utah - Sunday, May 11 - Falcon Field - USAFA, Colo. - Noon MST

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

    The Coaches:
    AF: Mike Hutcheon (Wayne State (Neb.), 1984) is 48-200 in his 5th year at Air Force and 288-340 in his 13th year as a head coach.
    Utah: Bill Kinneberg (Arizona, 1980) is 118-141 in his 5th year at Utah and is 363-324 in his 13th year overall as a head coach.

    Utah leads the series 101-38.

    Last Meeting:
    Utah took both games earlier this season in Salt Lake City. Game three of the series was snowed out.

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

    Falcons Host Utah In MWC Series
    The Air Force Falcon baseball team (16-28, 2-15) plays host to Utah (17-24, 5-12) for a four-game Mountain West Conference series, Fri.-Sun., May 9-11, at Falcon Field. Live stats will be available for the series. Saturday will feature a doubleheader. Game one is slated to be a seven inning game with Utah as the home team. The game is a makeup of the March 30 game that was snowed out in Salt Lake.

    Noting the Falcons
    - Air Force is 16-28 on the season. The Falcons were swept in a three game set against San Diego State last weekend.
    - Air Force is batting .271 on the season, has a pitching staff earned run average of 8.54 and is fielding .955.
    - Sophomore 1B/DH Matt Alexander leads the Falcons with a .324 batting average to go with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
    - Sophomore reliever Michael Ruvolo leads the pitching staff with a 5-4 record, 6.58 ERA and four saves in 39.2 innings of work.

    Scouting Utah
    - Utah is 17-24 on the season and 5-12 in conference play after getting swept at TCU last weekend.
    - The Utes are led offensively by junior outfielder Corey Shimada, who is batting .352 with seven homers and 46 runs scored.
    - Junior righthander Stephen Fife (5-4, 3.41) leads the staff with 57 K's in 71.0 innings pitched.
    - Utah is batting .317 as a team and have a staff ERA of 5.29 and fielding .954.

    Series History
    - Air Force and Utah have played each other 139 times. - The Utes lead the series 101-38.
    - Air Force is 18-51 all-time in Salt Lake City.
    - The two teams first met on March 26, 1979, where the Falcons defeated the Utes, 19-4.
    (Game-by-game breakdown of series on page 6).

    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.

    Most Wins Since 2002
    Air Force enters the Utah series with 16 wins, the most in a season so far in the Mike Hutcheon era and most since the 2002 team won 27 games. Ten wins by the 2006 team was the previous high under Hutcheon's tenure.

    Falcons Over .500 In Non-Conference Play
    Air Force finished its 2008 non-conference record over .500, going 14-13. It was the first time since 2001, when they went 15-12, that the Falcons had a winning non-conference record.

    Most Triples Since 1995
    Air Force leads the Mountain West Conference with 27 triples on the season. That total is the most at the Academy since the 1995 team had 27 and most since the record-setting 1994 team had 38. Freshman Nathan Carter and sophomore Daniel Walker are tied for the MWC lead with seven three-baggers apiece.

    Up Next
    The Falcons conclude the 2008 regular season with a three-game set, Thurs.-Sat., May 15-17, hosting UNLV.



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