USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Corey Shimada’s three-run home run in the ninth inning lifter Utah to an 8-6 win over Air Force in a Mountain West Conference baseball game on Mother’s Day Sunday at Falcon Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 8-41, 0-20 while Utah improves to 24-26-, 12-9.
With one out in the ninth and two on and staking an 6-5 lead , Air Force brought in David Miller to close out the game replacing senior Mitch Brown. Brown had held the Utes scoreless through four innings pitched
Shimada drilled the first pitch he saw, over the fence in right field, to put Utah ahead. Brown (2-10) was charged with the loss.
Utah reliever Geoff Wolfgramm (2-1) picked up the win in relief and closer Brett Buneel pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season. Colorado Springs native and Air Academy grad Chad Cullers pitched seven innings in relief of starter Lucas Trinnaman, allowing two runs off six hits.
Trinnaman was chased from the game after giving up four runs and retiring just one batter in the first.
Air Force starter Jake Petro went 4.1 innings, allowing five runs off nine hits while striking out three. Mike Ruvolo appeared in his 32nd game on the mound for the Falcons, leaving him one game shy of tying the Falcon single-season record for pitching appearances.
The Falcons put up four runs in the first after Utah put up two to go ahead 4-2. The Utes rallied with runs in the second and third to tie up the game. The Falcons responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to go back ahead 6-4. Utah added a run in the fifth to make 6-5.
Air Force had 10 hits in the game. K.J. Randhawa, Karl Bolt and Shea Hall had two hits each for the Falcons. Addison Gentry drove in two runs despite not racking up a hit.
Utah had 13 hits in the game. Jay Brossman led the way, going 4-for-5 with three runs, a homer and two RBI.
Four Falcon seniors--Karl Bolt, Mitch Brown, Joe Peterson and Geno Salazar--suited up for their final home game as Falcons.
Air Force returns to action Thursday, May 17 at UNLV.