Air Force dropped an 11-3 Mountain West Conference baseball game to UNLV Sunday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 14-26, 3-9, while the Rebels improved to 22-21, 7-8.
UNLV racked up 15 hits in the game and broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Rebel starter Jeff Urlaub pitched eight innings, giving up two runs while striking out three.
Air Force starter Michael Ceci (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs in four innings. Brad Pingel, Michael Ruvolo and Mike Kazakoff also pitched in relief for the Falcons. Ruvolo went 4.1 innings in relief, leaving the game in the ninth after taking a line-drive off his left knee, the second time he had gotten hit by a line-drive to the same leg in the game. Ruvolo was able to walk off the mound afterwards.
UNLV was led by cleanup hitter Ryan Thornton, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Brian Gilbertson also added four RBIs as well.
Air Force had nine hits in the game. Addison Gentry, Jon McMahon and Blair Roberts had two hits each for the Falcons and Ben Ausbun added two RBIs.
Leading 2-0, UNLV scored four runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Air Force plated runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but UNLV also scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to lead 9-2 after six innings.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 28, at Northern Colorado.