Air Force Baseball Drops Doubleheader To Wofford

The Air Force Falcons continue the 2012 baseball season.

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2012 Air Force Baseball: Losing Streak Stretches To 4 As Falcons Drop Doubleheader

The Air Force Falcons (3-7) lost a pair of heart-breakers to the Wofford Terriers (6-4) Saturday afternoon, putting the Flacons at four-game losing streak early in the 2012 season.

Game 1: Wofford 2, Air Force 0

Starter SP Carmon White (L, 1-1) pitched a complete 6-inning game, but his strong effort proved insufficient as the Falcons offense sputtered against Wofford starter SP Cash Collins (W, 1-2). RF Jake Shomaker had two hits for the Falcons, going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, but the Air Force baseball team could not string together enough hits. Collins pitched 7.0 innings, striking out 6 Falcons while allowing only 1 walk.

In White's 6.0 innings, he walked only 2 Terriers while striking out 6. White, unfortunately, could not handle 1B Konstantine Diamaduros, who cracked a triple and homer en route to a 3 for 3 showing with the game's only extra base hits.

Game 2: Wofford 5, Air Force 4

SP Evan Abrecht also gave the Falcons a strong start in the second game, going 6.0 innings with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 earned run. Unfortunately, a poor showing from RP Ben Yokley (L, 0-1) -- 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB and 4 ER on 16 pitches -- gave Wofford a 5-4 lead.

DH Garrett Custons went 3 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and a caught stealing, but the remainder of the Falcons' offense could not muster an extra base hits, going 3 for 30 with just 1 walk. After SP Jesse Morris got roughed up for 2 ER and 4 R, the Wofford baseball team brought in SP Alex Wilson (W, 1-0) who shut the Falcons down through the 7th and 9th innings, leading to a save from RP Eric Eck (S, 2).

The Falcons will hit the diamond again on Sunday, playing against the USC Upstate Spartans at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Air Force Vs. Gardner-Webb Final Score: Falcons Fall To Bulldogs, 8-2

The Air Force Falcons baseball team fell to 3-5 on the season with an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Gardner-Webb on Friday afternoon. Starting pitcher Brock Wilson went 6.3 innings for Gardner-Webb, allowing just two hits while striking out three and walking three.

Related: Navy Vs. Air Force Final Score: Falcons Lose 7-4

The Falcons were held scoreless for the first three innings before they finally got on the board with a couple of runs in the fourth. David Thomas knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly, and Jake Schomaker followed that up with an RBI single to center. While Air Force cut Gardner-Webb's lead in half to 4-2 at that point, the Falcons would not get any closer. Pitching was the story for GWU; Air Force managed a total of four hits all afternoon.

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Navy Vs. Air Force Final Score: Falcons Lose 7-4

The Air Force Falcons won the first two games of a three-game series against the Navy Midshipmen, but couldn't complete the sweep after losing 7-4 on Sunday afternoon. Navy had the lead for most the game until a big rally by Air Force in the seventh inning, but Navy responded in the top of the ninth with a rally of their own to take the win.

In the second inning, the Midshipmen got three runs on a series of hits and a key error by the Falcons. Navy starter Zach Sipe was solid although he didn't get the victory. Sipe pitched six shutout innings before being chased in the seventh inning, allowing just one hit on the day. His five-to-six strikeout-to-walk ratio could be much improved, though.

The Falcons got to the Midshipmen bullpen in the seventh after a long slumber, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning. Air Force's Alex Baker couldn't get the save for Navy though, as two hits, a walk and another poorly timed error allowed Navy to score four runs. With a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Air Force couldn't manage to complete another rally.

The loss drops Air Force to 3-4 during the young season, with Navy improving to 4-3.

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Air Force Vs. Navy Score Update: Falcons Complete Sweep

In the second game between the two teams today, the Air Force Falcons pulled off the sweep over Navy in the Freedom Classic with a 10-4 victory. In the earlier matchup today, the Falcons had to go extra innings to earn the 8-7 win.

Errors once again impacted an excellent performance from the Air Force starting pitcher. Michael Ceci didn't allow an earned run in his 6.2 innings and he struck out five batters. Ceci didn't allow a run until the seventh inning, which didn't have a huge impact on the game since the Falcons already led by 10 runs. Alex Bast delivered at the plate for Air Force, hitting 3/4 with three RBI's. Garrett Custons drove in two runs in the win.

Navy was led by sophomore DH Chance Jones, who drove in two runs in the loss. However, Preston Gainey struggled on the mound, allowing five runs in just 4.1 innings.

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Air Force Vs. Navy Score Update: Falcons Take Opening Game

After the opening game of the Freedom Classic was rained out, Air Force and Navy decided to give the fans some free baseball on Saturday afternoon, as it took 10 innings for the Falcons to earn the 8-7 victory.

In a game littered with errors, the Falcons received an excellent pitching performance from Cameron White. White went 7.1 innings and allowed only one earned run and struck out five batters. However, with Air Force committing four errors in the win, White allowed five runs. Offensively, both Adam Hill and David Thomas drove in two runs, with Thomas 3-for-4 in the game, falling a single short of the cycle. Garrett Custons drove in the game-winning run in the 10th, as his triple allowed Blair Roberts to score.

In the loss, Navy's Chance Jones drove in a team-high four runs, with three coming on a homer in the second inning. Junior pitcher Joel Rinehart struggled in a relief appearance, as he allowed three earned run in just 1.1 innings.

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Freedom Classic 2012: Air Force Takes On Navy In North Carolina

The Air Force Falcons started its season last week with two losses to the No. 7 LSU Tigers and a split of its series with the Alcorn St. Braves. This week, the Falcons travel farther east, North Carolina, to take on the Navy Midshipmen in the Freedom Classic 2012.

The Midshipmen are off to a 3-1 start with two victories over North Carolina A&T and once over Maryland Eastern Shore, the latter a 21-1 victory. Twelve different Midshipmen have driven in at least one run so far, led by freshman David Wiedeman's seven. Sophomore catcher Chance Jones has four hits and four RBI in two games. Friday starter Ben Nelson threw 6.2 shutout innings while striking out six and allowing three hits in his first outing of the year.

Air Force is led by Garrett Custons, the current Mountain West Player of the Week, after going 7-for-15 with four doubles and a home run over the first four games of the season. Cameron White the best start for any Falcons pitchers this season with seven innings on one-run ball. He allowed five hits i the 6-1 win over the Braves.

Here are the projected starters:

Navy Air Force Time (MT)
Friday RHP Ben Nelson (1-0, 0.00) RHP Cameron White (1-0, 1.29) 4:00 p.m.
Saturday RHP Preston Gainey (0-1, 4.50) LHP Michael Ceci (0-1, 4.50) 12:00 p.m.
Sunday RHP Zach Sipe (1-0, 0.00) RHP Evan Abrecht (0-0, 5.40) 10:30 a.m.

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Air Force Vs. LSU Score Update: Falcons Fall Against No. 8 Tigers

After picking up its first win of the season earlier on Sunday, Air Force couldn't carry over the momentum in a matchup against No. 8 LSU. Despite a strong pitching performance from the bullpen, the Falcons couldn't find any answer for the dominant Kurt McCune, who threw six shutout innings in the 4-0 victory for LSU.

Michael Ceci got the start for the Falcons and made it through the first three innings without allowing a run. However, LSU scored three runs on three hits in the fourth inning to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Todd Del Toro replaced Ceci after the fourth inning and gave up only run in 3.1 inning of action.

The Falcons return to action next weekend when they face Navy at the Freedom Classic.

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Air Force Vs. Alcorn State Final Score: Falcons Pick Up 1st Win With 6-1 Victory Over Braves

The Air Force Falcons are 1-2 to start the season following a 6-1 victory over the Alcorn St. Braves on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons avenged Friday's 7-5 loss and will close out the 2012 LSU Tournament by facing the LSU Tigers right after this game.

The Falcons received a strong start from Cameron White. He allowed one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out five and walking two. That one run scored on a sac fly in the second inning: Jann Butler doubled and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before Ryan Akins hit the sac fly. Alex Baker and Ben Yokley finished the game for the Falcons, each with a scoreless inning of work.

Air Force struck first with Alex Bast doubling in Taylor Ausbun in the first. The game stayed tied at one until the eighth inning. Matthew Roberts and Blair Roberts put runs on the board with a fielder's choice sacrifice and a sac bunt. A couple of wild pitches and an error in the ninth allowed Air Force to tack on three more runs.

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Alcorn State Vs. LSU Final Score: Ryan Eades Strikes Out 8 As Tigers Crush Braves, 19-0

The LSU Tigers continued its show of dominance in the 2012 LSU Tournament on Saturday night by defeating the Alcorn St. Braves, 19-0. The Tigers are now 2-0, having won Friday night's game against the Air Force Falcons, 10-2.

The Braves, who defeated the Falcons, 7-5, on Friday, had its Saturday game against Air Force postponed until Sunday morning due to weather, but the extra prep time didn't help them much against the Tigers. By the end of the third inning, the Tigers had an 11-0 lead.

Former Colorado Rockies draftee Austin Nola went 0-for-2, but walked three times and drove in a run on a ground out. A Rockies 2010 draftee, Ryan Eades threw five shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight and walking one.

Air Force will play Alcorn State at 9 a.m. MT before playing LSU at 1 p.m. MT.

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Air Force Vs. LSU Final Score: Kevin Gausman Strikes Out 7 On Way To 10-2 LSU Victory

The Air Force Falcons dropped to 0-2 to start the season, losing its second game of the day on Friday night. The No. 8 LSU Tigers defeated the Falcons, 10-2, for its first wins of the season.

Denver native Kevin Gausman (1-0, 1.50 ERA) was on the mound for the Tigers and he turned in a solid Opening Night performance. After allowing a solo home run to Garrett Custons in the first inning, Gausman settled down and went on to pitch six complete innings of ball. He allowed just three more hits and zero runs while striking out seven and walking two.

The Tigers struck for five runs in the first inning and four in the second. Shortstop Austin Nola, a Colorado Rockies 48th round draft pick in 2008, went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. One run came on an RBI ground out in the first and the other a single to center field in the second.

LSU will have Ryan Eades on the mound Saturday night when they face Alcorn State, the other team in the 2012 LSU Tournament.

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Air Force Vs. Alcorn State: Falcons Baseball Falls 7-5 After Strong Start

The Air Force Falcons (0-1) could not hold their lead against the Alcorn St. Braves (1-0), losing 7-5 in a late-game slugfest. The Falcons jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead, but saw their early dominance fade in the later innings at Alcorn State came rushing back.

In the first inning, the Air Force baseball team jumped to a 2-0 lead when C Garrett Custons doubled to set up a CF Alex Blast sac fly and a DH Adam Hill RBI single. The Falcons poured on more punishment in the third as Custons doubled again, setting up another sac fly. An RBI walk from 2B Blair Roberts and a RBI single from LF Taylor Ausbun later, and Air Force was leading 5-0.

However, Air Force starter RHP Evan Abrecht hit some major hurdles. With Air Force leading 5-1, Abrecht gave up a one-out single and back-to-back walks. A sac fly, a double and a triple later, and the Falcons found themselves losing 6-5. The Falcons used three different pitchers in the 7th inning -- Evan Abrecht, Jack Hourin and Mike Kazakoff -- but were unable to hold their sizable lead.

Abrecht finished the day with 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB and 1 SO. After his rough seventh, the Falcons surrendered another run, losing by the final score 7-5. Leading the Falcons offense, Custons finished the day 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored.

The Air Force baseball team plays again Friday night, taking on the LSU Tigers and the vaunted pitching prospect Kevin Gausman.

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Air Force Vs. LSU: Tigers' Kevin Gausman Will Start Vs. Falcons Friday Night

The Air Force Falcons are in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend for the LSU Tournament that also includes the LSU Tigers and the Alcorn St. Braves. The Alcorn State begins at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, but the marquee matchup of this tournament comes on Friday night between the Falcons and LSU.

In that game, the Tigers will have Denver native Kevin Gausman take the mound for the first game of the season. Gausman, a sixth-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010, is expected to be one of the top pitchers in the 2012 MLB Draft. He will pitch at 6 p.m. MT.

In 2011, the 6-foot-4 draft-eligible sophomore went 5-6 with a 3.51 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 89.2 innings. He is now the Friday starter for the Tigers and should help the No. 8 team make the NCAA Baseball Tournament this season. Air Force will have Sean Carley on the mound to oppose LSU. He went 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA as a sophomore last season.

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Air Force Baseball 2012: Falcons Look For Continued Improvement In Reduced Mountain West

The Air Force Falcons prepare for the 2011-12 NCAA Baseball Season, bringing in a slew of returning pitchers and their top offensive weapon, OF Garrett Custons.

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