Mar 2, 2010 10:26 PM
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team racked up 20 hits, 10 for extra bases, in a 15-5 victory over Colorado Christian Tuesday afternoon in its home-opener at Falcon Field. The win improved the Falcons to 2-6 and dropped the Cougars to 6-9.
Seven players notched multiple hits, led by freshman shortstop Matthew Roberts, who went 3-for-4 with two runs. Senior left fielder Ben Ausbun had two hits, including a bases loaded triple. Senior Addison Gentry, K.J. Randhawa and sophomore Blair Roberts also drove in two runs each.
Sophomore left-hander Andrew Loyd (1-0) picked up the win in three predetermined innings pitched in the start. Aside from giving up a home run to Doug Pavlich in the first, Loyd did not allow another run, while striking out a career-high three batters. Air Force staffed the remainder of the game, with six other pitchers used in relief. Senior Michael Ruvolo, Alex Truesdale and freshman Ben Bertelson pitched scoreless innings of relief.
Colorado Christian had 10 hits on the day. Right fielder Chris Guyer led the Cougars with three hits, including a solo home run. CCU reliever Jeff Ross (1-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs in the third inning. Cougar starter Jake Logan did not allow a run in two innings pitched.
Trailing 1-0, Air Force erupted with six runs in the third to take control of the game. The Falcons broke the game open with five runs in the fifth to lead 12-2.
The Falcons also hit four triples on the day with Ausbun, Matt Alexander, Nathan Carter and Blair Roberts hitting three-baggers.
Prior to first pitch, Air Force had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated Falcon Field. Air Force Academy Superintendent Gen. Michael Gould, athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh and head coach Mike Hutcheon cut the ribbon to open the new Falcon Field. The new playing surface consists entirely of synthetic FieldTurf except for the dirt pitching mound.
Air Force returns to action Friday, March 5, hosting South Dakota State in a three-day four-game series. First pitch Friday is 2 p.m.