Air Force Downed By New Mexico Thursday
April 5, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball dropped a 19-0 game to New Mexico Thursday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 6-21, 2-5 and improves the Lobos to 13-15, 6-1.
New Mexico racked up 23 hits and scored in each of the first eight innings of play. Lobo starting pitcher Austin House (2-3) tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout. House struck out 10 in the win.
Third baseman D.J. Peterson and left fielder John Pustay led UNM at the plate. Peterson went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs. Pustay, a Colorado Springs native, went 6-for-6 with four runs and five RBIs.
Air Force was led offensively by junior center fielder Alex Bast, who went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Noah Pierce and Matt Thorne also had hit for the Falcons. Thorne made his 2012 debut after missing the first 26 games due to a preseason injury.
New Mexico built a 7-0 lead after five innings. The Lobos poured it one with six runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to go up 18-0.
Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Notes: There was a flyover prior to first pitch by the WC-135 Constant Phoenix from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska ... the "Wings of Blue", Air Force's jump team, was slated to jump into Falcon Field, but was unable to do so due to strong winds.