Air Force Drops 1-0 Ballgame at Portland Friday
March 9, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. - Air Force baseball lost a 1-0 pitchers' duel at Portland Friday afternoon at Etzel Field. The Falcons dropped to 3-9 on the season, while the Pilots improved to 8-2.
The game lasted just one hour and forty-one minutes as three total pitchers were used in the game. The Falcons hitting woes continued, getting held to three hits.
Portland starting pitcher Kyle Kraus (2-1) held the Falcons to three hits and one walk in eight innings pitched. Closer Owen Jones picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Falcon starter Cameron White (1-2) picked up his second-consecutive complete-game loss. White held the Pilots to just one run off six hits, striking out five in eight innings.
The lone score of the game came in the third inning. Cody Lenahan's RBI-single that scored Nick Armenta was the only run scored in the game.
The Falcons threatened in the ninth inning, as Alex Bast got on base with a leadoff hitter. But Portland brought in its closer Jones, who retired the next three batters to end the game. Jake Schomaker, Bast and Blair Roberts had AFA's three hits.
The Falcons and Pilots will return to action tomorrow with a doubleheader slated for a 11 a.m. (PST) start.