Air Force (21-20, 9-13 MW) scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 10-7 victory over Nevada (13-28, 9-13 MW) in the first of three Mountain West games scheduled for Falcon Field this weekend. The loss dropped the Wolf Pack into a tie for fourth place in the MW standings with Air Force at 9-13. Overall Nevada is 13-28 while the Falcons improved to 21-20 on the season.
With the weather forecast of snow for Colorado Springs tonight and Saturday the two teams will not play on Saturday. A doubleheader is slated for Sunday starting at 11 a.m. PT.
Today’s game went back and forth with the teams exchanging the lead. The AFA scored twice in the bottom of the first before the Pack scored once in the fourth after Grant Fennell doubled and crossed the plate on Michael Echavia’s RBI single to make it 2-1.
The Falcons scored twice in the fifth but a four-run top of the sixth gave Nevada its first advantage 5-4. First baseman Dillan Shrum delivered the big hit with a two-run single. A solo home run by Russell Williams for the AFA in the bottom of the six tied the score at five.
Nevada scratched out single runs in the top of the seventh and ninth to put the Wolf Pack on top 7-5 going to the bottom of the inning.
Pack starter Trevor Charpie did not return for the ninth after throwing 112 pitches in eight solid innings on the mound. Freshman Grant Ford allowed three hits and left with the bases loaded. An infield single off Nevada reliever Evan McMahan scored the Falcons first run of the ninth. Designated hitter Tyler Jones grand slam ended the game as Air Force had rallied for the 10-7 game one victory.
Ford (3-5) was tagged with the loss as he fell to 3-5 on the season. Nick Biancalana (5-3) tossed two innings to record his fifth victory of the season.
Fennell (3-for-4,3R) topped the Pack with three hits and scored three times. Justin Bridgman (2-for-5), Echavia (2-for-5,R,RBI), Kaleb Foster (2-for-4,R,2RBI) and Shrum (2-for-3,R,2RBI) each had two hits as the Pack totaled 11 in the game. Foster and Shrum drove in two runs apiece.
Adam Groesbeck (4-for-5,2R,RBI) finished with a game-high four hits. Jones drove in a game-best five for the Falcons.
Junior Jordan Pearce walked in the seventh and now has reached base in 27 consecutive games.
Freshman Dillan Shrum has reached base in the last 20 games.