USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball dropped a 14-6 ballgame to UNLV in Mountain West action on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 15-37, 7-23 and improved the Rebels to 36-18, 18-12.
UNLV jumped out to 6-0 and 11-1 leads to hold off Air Force.
Rebels starting pitcher John Richy (7-4) pitched 6.2 innings for the win. UNLV had 21 hits in the game. Designated hitter Brandon Bayardi went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to lead the offense.
Air Force starting pitcher senior Ben Bertelson (1-7) pitched 3.1 innings in the loss. Seniors Alex Baker, Todd Del Toro and Jack Hourin closed out the game in relief.
The Falcons had eight hits in the game. Sophomore third baseman Tyler Saleck went 3-for-4 with a homer run, two runs and three RBIs. Seth Kline also hit his first homer of the season.
UNLV scored a run in the first and five in the third to go up 6-0. Saleck’s homer in the bottom of the third made it 6-1. The Rebels then added three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to go up 11-1.
Kline connected for a two-run shot in the sixth. UNLV scored two in the top of the seventh and Air Force rallied with three in the bottom of the inning. The Rebels added their last run in the eighth.
Prior to first pitch, Air Force honored 10 seniors from the class of 2013 in their home finale.
Air Force returns to action at the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship in Fresno, Calif. The Falcons open play Wednesday, May 22, as the sixth-seed, taking on third-seed San Diego State. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. PST.