FRESNO, Calif. - Sixth-seed Air Force baseball dropped a 15-6 ballgame to third-seeded San Diego State in the opening game of the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship Wednesday afternoon at Beiden Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 15-38, and improved the Aztecs to 27-28.
After Air Force took an early 2-0 lead, San Diego State plated seven unanswered runs to go up 7-2. After the Falcons put up a run in the top of the sixth, the Aztecs put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the inning, to go up 11-3.
San Diego State starting pitcher Philip Walby (4-3) pitched eight innings for the win. The Aztecs had 16 hits on the day. Second baseman Tim Zier went 4-for-5 two runs and two RBIs to lead SDSU.
Air Force starting pitcher Steven Trojan (4-7) pitched five innings, striking out four in the loss. Jack Hourin, Todd Del Toro and Trent Monaghan pitched in relief for the Falcons.
The Falcons had 10 hits in the game. Junior first baseman Seth Kline and senior shortstop Matt Thorne homered to lead the Falcons. Kline went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Designated hitter Peter Johnson added two hits and Thorne added two RBIs.
Kline put the Falcons ahead with a two-run homer in the first. After the Aztecs put up three runs in the first and four in the seventh, the Falcons made it a 7-3 game with Thorne’s solo homer in the sixth.
The Aztecs put up four in the bottom of the sixth and two in the seventh. Air Force scored three in the eighth to make it a 13-6 game. San Diego State scored two in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.
The Falcons return to action in an elimination game tomorrow at 11 a.m. PST. Air Force will play the loser of the #4 Fresno State-#5 Nevada game being played tonight.