White Team Takes Game Two Of Blue-White Series In 11 Innings
Oct. 20, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Game two of Air Force baseball's Blue-White series wrapped up last Friday with the White team winning, 11-8, in 11 innings at Falcon Field. The series ended in a tie with game three lasting just three innings due to darkness.
Game two of the series ended Thursday night with a 6-6 tie in a game that was called due to darkness after seven innings.
The Blue team again rallied in the bottom of the inning though, with a surprising player coming through at the plate. With a runner on and two outs, junior Alex Truesdale hit a two-run homer to tie the game back up. Truesdale's homer came as a surprise because the right-handed pitcher has zero at bats in varsity action through his first two years on the team.
After a scoreless ninth and tenth, the White team put up three runs to go ahead 11-8. Junior Matt Alexander smacked a pinch-hit double to score freshman Jack Lupo, who led off the inning with a single. Sophomore Tytus Moss and freshmen Kyle Henke and Blair Roberts then pieced together consecutive hits to score two more runs and make it 11-8.
Senior Casey Allen then closed out the 11th for the White team to pick up the save. Freshman Michael Ceci earned the win, pitching the ninth and tenth. Sophomore Matt Barattino took the loss for the Blue team.
Game three was started immediately after game two ended, but lasted just three innings. Highlighting the action were back-to-back homers by Gentry and Moss. The duo of Gentry and Moss earned Co-MVP honors for the series. Gentry went 7-for-11 in the series with three homers, six RBIs and four runs scored. Moss went 8-for-11 with a homer and seven RBIs.
Senior right-hander Jake Petro earned the series Cy Young Award. Petro led the Blue team to the win in game one, striking out 10 batters in five innings pitched.
Air Force opens the 2009 baseball season Feb. 20 against Navy and Kansas at the Service Academies Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn.