Oct. 17, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The White team defeated the Blue team by a score of 5-3 to take the three-game Blue-White World Series for Air Force baseball Monday afternoon. A pair of freshmen pitchers lifted the White to its second win of the series.
Freshmen right-handers Travis Neubeck and Nathan Stanford had standout pitching performances for the White team. Neubeck, a Hugo, Minn., native, scattered six hits and three walks over four innings, allowing two runs. The rookie did double-duty for the White team, catching the final two innings. Stanford, hailing from Memphis, Tenn., pitched the final three innings for the save. Stanford had four strikeouts and no walks in the outing. With runners on first and third and no outs in the fifth, Stanford managed to work out of the jam by allowing just one run. Stanford did not allow a baserunner to get on in the sixth and seventh.
Offensively, the White team got on the board early, putting up three runs in the first inning behind four-consecutive hits. The White team was led at the plate by freshman Griffin Jax, who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Jax was also named MVP of the series, after batting ,700 (7-for-10) with three doubles and three RBIs.
Junior RHP Ben Yokley took the loss for the Blue team, allowing eight hits over four innings, while striking out two. Sophomore RHP Bo Wilson pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Blue. Senior Seth Kline led the Blue team at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. Kline also put together a solid offensive weekend, going 5-for-9 with a double and two walks.
When asked about the victory, assistant coach and White team head coach Toby Bicknell said, "It was good to see the White team dog-pile after the win. Both teams gave great effort over this series."
The Blue-White World Series wraps up Fall competition for the Falcons. Air Force is slated to open the 2014 season Feb. 14, at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas.