No. 3 San Diego State Tops No. 6 Air Force 15-6
May 22, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 3 seed San Diego State (27-28) defeated No. 6 seed Air Force 15-6 Wednesday afternoon in the first game of the 2013 Mountain West Championship at Pete Beiden Field. The Aztecs capitalized on four Air Force errors and scored 15 runs on 16 hits to advance in the winner's bracket of the double elimination tournament.
San Diego State all-conference selections Tim Zier (first-team) and Ryan Muno (second team) led the Aztecs with a combined six hits and six RBI, while starting right-hander Philip Walby tossed eight innings giving up nine hits and five earned runs to improve his record to 4-3 on the year.
Air Force (15-38) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as junior first baseman and first-team all-conference selection Seth Kline hit a two-run home run to right-center field.
The Falcon lead was short lived as the Aztecs took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first, as Muno hit a single to right field with two men on and all three Aztecs scored on two throwing errors from the Falcons.
SDSU extended its lead in the third as designated hitter Brad Haynal smoked a ball down the third base line for a double and a RBI to push the Aztecs ahead 4-2. Senior first baseman John Spirk brought in two more runs with a double of his own into left field. Freshman right fielder Justin Gheorghe followed suit pushing across another run with a liner to center field to put the Aztecs ahead 7-2.
After two scoreless innings, San Diego State added another four-run inning in the sixth along with two-run innings in the seventh and eighth to secure the victory. Air Force added three runs in the top of the eighth, but was unable to overcome the large deficit.
Up next, Air Force will play the loser of the Fresno State/Nevada game on Thursday at 11 a.m. PT, while San Diego State will face No. 2 seed UNLV on Thursday at 3 p.m. PT.