Air Force Drops Ballgame at San Diego State Friday

March 30, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Air Force baseball lost at San Diego State, 18-13, Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Falcons dropped to 6-18, 2-2 while the Aztecs improved to 12-15, 1-3.

The Falcons struggled defensively, committing seven errors, which led to 11 unearned runs. The game turned in the sixth inning when San Diego State erased a 6-3 AFA lead with a nine-run inning, aided by four Falcon errors.

San Diego State racked up 21 hits on the night. Catcher Chris Wilson and third baseman Ryan Muno had four hits each for the Aztecs.

Air Force had 15 hits, with four players reaching multiple hits. Freshman third baseman Noah Pierce had a career-high four base hits, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Junior catcher Garrett Custons went 3-for-5 with four runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Seth Kline went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and junior center fielder Alex Bast went 2-for-5 with five RBIs.

Sophomore right-hander Cameron White (2-4) took the loss in the start for the Falcons. White pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs, just two earned, while striking out four. Mike Kazakoff, Jack Hourin and David Baska pitched in relief.

Ethan Miller (1-1) picked up the win with five innings of relief. Aztec starting pitcher Michael Cederoth lasted just two innings, allowing five runs.

The Falcons opened the game with two runs in the first to take an early lead. After SDSU scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second, to take a 3-2 lead, the Falcons responded with three runs in the third and one more in the fourth to go back up 6-3.

San Diego State jumped ahead with the nine-run sixth and added five more runs in the seventh to go up 17-7 after a Falcon run in the top of the seventh. Air Force added two runs in the eighth, while SDSU scored one more in the bottom of the inning.

The Falcons refused to go down without a fight, scoring four more runs in the ninth.

Air Force committed the second-most errors ever in a Mountain West Conference game and the most since committing nine errors in 2002.

Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow at 6 p.m.