Air Force dropped a 6-2 Mountain West Conference baseball game to New Mexico Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 14-36, 3-17 while the Lobos improved to 36-18, 14-8.
Despite getting a solid complete-game pitching performance out of starter junior Alex Truesdale (2-9), the Falcons missed several scoring opportunities in the loss. Truesdale held the nation’s top hitting team to just seven hits, while striking out six.
A four-run sixth inning by New Mexico was the difference in the ball game. Trailing 2-1, the Lobos hit four doubles in the sixth, highlighted by a bases loaded three-run double by Justin Howard, to pull ahead.
New Mexico starter Rudy Jaramillo (4-1) held Air Force to two runs off seven hits, while striking out four in six innings. Will Kerr pitched three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first save of the season.
Air Force had eight hits in the game. Jack Lupo and Jon McMahon had two hits each and Nathan Carter added a solo home run. Lupo and Moss also hit triples for the Falcons.
Air Force and New Mexico traded runs in the second and the Falcons then went ahead 2-1 on Carter’s blast in the third. After New Mexico’s four-run sixth, the Lobos added another run in the ninth.
Air Force had runners on third with one out, twice in the game, but failed to capitalize. The Falcons also hit into three double plays in the game.
Rafael Neda was the lone Lobo with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Brian Cavazos-Galvez also scored two runs.
With the complete game, Truesdale finishes the season with 70.1 innings pitched, marking his third-consecutive season with 70+ innings pitched.
Air Force wraps up its season with game three of the series tomorrow, Saturday, May 16. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. MST.