Air Force Eliminated From MWC Championship With Loss To San Diego State
LAS VEGAS - A six-run third and 12-run sixth propelled San Diego State to a 26-1 win over Air Force at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship Tournament Wednesday morning at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The loss eliminates the Falcons from the tourney and they conclude the 2006 season with a 10-38 record.
San Diego State improved to 23-35 after the game, where they set a new MWC Tourney record for runs scored in a game. The Aztecs return to action later today, playing the third game of the day at approximately 4:30 p.m.
SDSU starter Bret Douglas (3-2) picked up the win, allowing one run on six hits in the comlete game effort. Air Force starter Josh Meents (0-6) took the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
The Aztecs had 22 hits in the game, led by Quentin Berry. Berry went 3-for-5 at the plate, with five runs, a home run and two doubles. Air Force had six hits, led by Karl Bolt who homered and doubled.
The Falcons also struggled defensively, committing six errors to tie a tournament record.
San Diego State got on the scoreboard first, manufacturing a run to take a 1-0 lead. Berry was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and then got all the way to third after stealing second and getting moved to third on a ground out. Berry then came around to score on Smyth's ground out.
In the third inning SDSU made it a 7-0 ballgame by scoring six runs. The Aztecs capitalized on a two-run homer by Smyth and a pair of Air Force throwing errors, as they sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard in the fourth as Karl Bolt drilled his ninth home run of the year, clearing the scoreboard with a monster shot to left to make it a 7-1 game.
The game quickly got out of reach in the sixth, as San Diego State exploded for 12 runs on 10 hits, as 17 batters batted in the inning. The Aztecs tacked on three more runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to go ahead 26-1.
Senior and team captain Price Paramore played in his last game as a Falcon, going 0-for-4. Paramore played well in the field, making a spectacular diving catch in foul territory down the left field line.