May 21, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball sophomore right-hand pitcher Alex Truesdale earned Most Valuable Player honors at the team banquet held Wednesday evening at the Academy. Sophomore K.J. Randhawa earned the Falcon Award and Nathan Carter was named Freshman of the Year.
Truesdale, an Austin, Texas, native, led Air Force with 97.2 innings pitched and 58 strikeouts on the season. He led the Mountain West Conference in regular season innings pitched and his 97.2 innings pitched is the fifth-best single season total in Air Force history. Truesdale capped off a solid sophomore campaign by earning Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors just two days ago after his performance against UNLV in his last outing. Truesdale collected a complete-game victory in the Falcons' 10-1 series opening win against UNLV last Thursday. The win snapped Air Force's 27-game losing streak to the Rebels. Truesdale allowed just one run and one extra base hit, while scattering eight hits and striking out a career-best eight batters. The one run allowed was the fewest allowed by an Air Force starter in a conference complete-game victory since Josh Zumbrun blanked San Diego State in 2003. It was also the fewest runs UNLV has posted against Air Force since 1972, a string of 71 games. Truesdale also stopped Air Force's Mountain West Conference losing streak by defeating BYU on April 24.
Randhawa, a sophomore from Vacaville, Calif., earned the Falcon Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the leadership qualities both on and off the field on a daily basis. Randhawa was one of two Falcons to start a team-leading 50 games this year, all at shortstop. Randhawa batted .289 on the season and was second in the conference with 10 sacfrice bunts. In addition, Randhawa ranked amongst the conference top ten in assists (162), hit by pitches (9) and double plays turned (36).
Carter, a native of Concord, Calif., had a standout freshman campaign. As a second-baseman/outfielder, Carter led the team in several offensive categories, including batting average (.312), runs scored (51), triples (10), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.430). He currently leads the nation with 10 triples (next closest has 8), which shattered the old Mountain West Conference freshman record of six. Carter capped off the season batting .545 and hitting three triples against UNLV over the weekend and nearly hit for the cycle (missed by a double) in the series-opener.
Air Force finished the 2008 season with an 18-33 overall record and 4-20 mark in MWC play. It was a significant improvement from a 2007 season where the team went 8-44, 0-23.