May 21, 2014 7:39 PM by Jordan Mason
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sixth-seed Air Force baseball was eliminated from the 2014 Mountain West Baseball Championships with a 11-3 loss to seventh-seed San José State (19-36) in the opening game of the championships Wednesday morning at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Falcons concluded the season with 20-34 overall record, their winningest season since 2002.
San José State starting pitcher Kalei Contrades (5-2) tossed a complete game, striking out 11 in the win.
Starting pitcher Cameron White (4-8) took the loss, working six innings in his final game as a Falcon. White logged 105.2 innings for AFA, marking his second-straight season with 100-plus innings pitched. He is the first Falcon in school history to accomplish the feat.
Sophomore Bo Wilson pitched the seventh and eighth innings, junior Ben Yokley retired a batter in the ninth and sophomore Trent Monaghan closed out the ninth.
The Falcons had seven hits in the game. Second baseman Noah Pierce and right fielder Jake Schomaker had two hits each to lead AFA. Pierce and Seth Kline hit doubles for the Falcons.
San Jose State had 16 hits in the game. The Spartans' 1-2-3 hitters, Andrew Mercurio, Kyle Gallegos and Jacob Valdez had three hits each.
The Spartans scored a run in the first and two in the top of the third to build a 3-0 lead. The Falcons came back with two runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 game. Spencer Draws had an RBI-single to score Jake Schomaker for the first run and Tyler Jones knocked in David Thomas with a fly ball out for the second run.
San Jose State scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up 7-2. The teams traded runs in the eighth and the Spartans added three runs in the ninth. Air Force's run in the eighth came on a double off the top of the fence to right field by Kline, that scored Thomas.
Bird Bites: Three Falcons, Seth Kline, Jake Schomaker and Cameron White played their final games as the three seniors from the class of 2014...Air Force is 3-15 all-time at the MW Championships...prior to the game, White and LF Tyler Jones were named to the All-MW Baseball team as second-team honorees.