USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball went to the long-ball, hitting three home runs to defeat New Mexico, 11-4, Sunday afternoon in Mountain West action at Falcon Field. The win improved the Falcons to 9-21, 3-7 and dropped the Lobos to 16-15, 8-4.
Junior centerfielder David Baska hit two home runs and sophomore third baseman Tyler Saleck also connected for a solo shot.
The Falcons also got a solid outing from starting pitcher Steven Trojan (3-2). The freshman righty pitched a career-high seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out two, while allowing just one earned run against the top offense in the conference. Senior Jack Hourin pitched the eighth and freshman Bo Wilson tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
The Falcons had 16 hits on the day. Freshman second baseman Spencer Draws went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Baska was 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs. Saleck went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Freshman designated hitter Peter Johnson went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Air Force roughed up UNM starting pitvcher A.J. Carman (1-1) for seven runs over five innings. The Lobos had eight hits on the day. Leftfielder Luke Campbell went 3-for-4 and rightfielder Chase Harris homered for New Mexico.
The Falcons scored three runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run homer to right-center by Baska. After UNM scored two runs in the third, the Falcons scored a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth to go up 9-2. The two teams traded a pair of runs in the eighth, with Baska launching his second homer of the game, a solo blast to left field.
Baska was the first Falcon with a multi-homer game since Parker Mayo in 2011.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, April 9, at Omaha and then Wednesday, April 10 at Creighton.