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Seven homers can't lift Falcons past San Diego State

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball (25-23, 12-16 MW) lost to San Diego State (35-16, 18-8 MW), 18-11, in Mountain West  action Saturday afternoon at Falcon Field.  The Falcons fell to the Aztecs despite hitting seven home runs on the day.

Sophomores Daniel Jones and Nic Ready hit a pair of home runs for Air Force.  Adam Groesbeck, Tyler Jones and Tyler Zabojnik also homered for the Falcons.

San Diego State had 21 hits on the day.  A five-run third put the Aztecs ahead for good and a sixth-run fifth further padded the lead.

Air Force had 15 hits on the day, eight for extra bases.  Ready went 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs.  Daniel Jones went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.  Seniors Adam Groesbeck and Russell Williams had three hits each.  Groesbeck extended his hitting streak to 30 games.  Tyler Jones extended his reached-base streak to an NCAA-leading 48 games.

Starting pitcher Ethan Nichols (5-3) took the loss for the Falcons, pitching 3.1 innings.  Nick Biancalana, Jake Gilbert, Michael Rieker and Ashton Easley pitched in relief for the Falcons.

Danny Sheehan led San Diego State at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a homer, three runs and five RBIs.  Reliever Adrian Mardueno (2-1) picked up the win in relief.  Starting pitcher Dominic Purpura lasted just one inning.  He was removed from the game after throwing one pitch in the second inning due to injury.

The three-game series finale is tomorrow.  First pitch is 1 pm MT.

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