Game Two Of Blue-White Series Ends Thursday In 6-6 Tie
Oct. 17, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Game two of Air Force baseball's Blue-White series ended in a 6-6 tie after eight inning of play in game that was called due to darkness Thursday afternoon at Falcon Field. The game will be resumed on Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, followed by game-three which is slated for five innings.
After a wild first inning, where the home Blue team took a 6-3 lead, the White team rallied with runs in the second sixth and seventh innings to pull out the tie. Sophomores Parker Mayo and Jon McMahon homered in the first inning for the Blue Team.
The White team, which won game one of the series 6-2 on Wednesday, had 12 hits on the day. Junior Addison Gentry continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to go with a run and RBI. Sophomore Tytus Moss also had a stellar day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Freshman Adam Hill went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
The Blue team had 10 hits on the day. McMahon led the way, going 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Sophomore Nathan Carter added a double, joining five other Blue team members with one base hit.
Freshman Aaron Kurcz started on the hill for the Blue team. Kurcz struck out nine in 4.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs off five hits. Senior Jason Griggs, sophomore Brad Pingel and junior Michael Ruvolo combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings in relief. Griggs did not allow a hit in two-thirds innings pitched. Pingel allowed a run off two hits in one inning. Ruvolo struck out three and did not allow a run in the seventh and eighth.
Freshman Evan Abrecht started on the mound for the White team. Abrecht went five innings, striking out five, allowing six runs off 10 hits. Freshmen Andrew Lloyd and Mike Kazakoff relieved Abrecht and combined to throw three shutout innings to close out the game. Lloyd pitched a scoreless sixth while Kazakoff shut down the Blue team in the sixth and seventh.
A two out bases loaded single in the top of the first by Moss put the White team on top 3-0. The Blue team answered with six runs in the bottom of the first highlighted by a two-run homer by McMahon and a three-run homer by Mayo.
In the top of the seventh in a 6-5 game, Gentry led-off with a double off Pingel. Moss then singles off Ruvolo with two outs to score Gentry.
For game three, Pingel is slated to start for the Blue team and senior Casey Allen is slated to start for the White team