USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball maintains its red hot streak, completing a series sweep of #20 UNLV with a 7-6 win in a Mountain West game Saturday at Falcon Field. The Falcons have now won five in a row and eight of their last nine. It was Air Force’s first-ever sweep of a nationally ranked team and first over UNLV in 44 years, dating back to 1970.
The Falcons (14-25, 5-13) also have their longest winning streak since 2002.
A four-run seven inning rallied the Falcons back to a lead and the team was able to withstand a late UNLV (25-15, 14-7) rally to win by one.
Bo Wilson (3-2) picked up the win in relief, earning his second win on the week. Ben Yokley notched his second save of the weekend, getting the final out with two runners on base in a tense ninth inning. Falcon starting pitcher Steven Trojan worked 6.1 innings, allowing four runs while striking out a batter. Trent Monaghan also retired one batter in the seventh.
The Falcons had 12 hits on the day. Leadoff hitter Spencer Draws continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Second baseman Noah Pierce hit a pair of doubles and drove in two. Center fielder David Thomas was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and catcher Travis Neubeck hit a game-trying solo home run in the sixth inning.
After UNLV scored a run in the top of the first, the Falcons scored two runs in the third to take the lead. The Rebels re-took the lead with two runs in the fifth, before AFA tied it up with Neubeck’s long-ball in the sixth.
UNLV jumped back ahead by one with a run in the top of the seventh. The Falcons then put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to jump ahead 7-4. The Falcons tied the game up on a sac bunt RBI by shortstop Russell Williams that scored Thomas from third. Air Force went ahead on an RBI-double by Draws, that scored designated hitter Coleman Poje, who singled earlier in the inning.
The Rebels had 12 hits in the game, with four players getting two hits. Third baseball A.J. Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Bryan Bonnell (4-3) took the loss in the start. Bonnell allowed five runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 22, hosting Northern Colorado.