Falcons' Bats Lift AFA to Win over 'Dogs
March 22, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Fresno State upperclassmen Aaron Judge and Trent Garrison each provided a jolt for the Bulldogs' offense, but Air Force locked in for a 14-7 victory over the 'Dogs on Friday afternoon.
Judge and Garrison each posted two RBI as the tandem both roped RBI doubles and Judge clubbed a seventh-inning solo homer for his fourth home run of the season.
The Falcons got the scoring rolling by striking first with a run in the bottom of the second.
Fresno State second baseman Jake Alvarez led off the third inning by lining a single into right field, and later aggressively moved from first to third on a single by Jordan Brink. Garrison delivered a RBI single two batters later to plate Alvarez and also move Brink from first to third.
Garrison then drew a throw to second on a delayed double steal that allowed Brink to score and give Fresno State its first lead of the game at 2-1.
Air Force responded with eight runs over the next two frames to retake the lead and build its advantage to 9-2 after four innings.
The Bulldogs' third baseman Kevin Viers led off the top of the fifth with a single to second and came around to score on Aaron Judge's RBI double down the left field line. Brink, who reached on an error by Air force second baseman Matthew Roberts, crossed home when Garrison grounded out on a chopper to the shortstop to cut the deficit to 9-4.
AFA quickly extended its lead to 12-4 by using a sacrifice fly and a 2-run homer to chase Fresno State starting pitcher Tyler Linehan with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
Linehan - the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week - finished with five strikeouts, but gave up 12 runs (eight earned) and 13 hits over 4.1 innings of work.
Air Force added its 13th and 14th runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth, respectively, while Fresno State chipped across the single run in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Cameron White, the starting pitcher for Air Force, went 8.0 innings while striking out seven and allowing six runs (four earned) and 12 hits.
The Bulldogs' bullpen delivered 3.2 innings of work, posted six strikeouts and gave up just a pair of runs.
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