Air Force Defeats Buccaneers, 2-1, in Pitching DuelMarch 24, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
|Junior Jake Cox scored the Buccaneers' only run on Monday.|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Both pitching staffs had strong outings on Monday, but Air Force came out on top in a 2-1 victory over the CSU baseball team. Freshman Anthony Markham pitched 6.2 solid innings for the Buccaneers, but Alex Truesdale and Michael Ruvolo combined to allow just six hits on the mound for the Falcons in the win.
Markham allowed two runs, one earned, in his third start of the season, giving up seven hits and issuing three walks while striking out two. Redshirt-junior T.J. Green and senior Payton Tweddale came on in relief for CSU (9-13) as the trio allowed just 12 Air Force (8-12) base runners.
Junior Mark Perry had the Buccaneers’ lone RBI, grounding out to second to score junior Jake Cox, who drew two walks on the day as the only player to reach base twice for the Bucs.
Joe McMahon led off the top of the third inning by reaching on a CSU error and advanced to second on a groundout by Nathan Carter. He moved over to third on a single by K.J. Randhawa that gave the Falcons runners on the corners. Chay Derbigny then delivered with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored McMahon to give Air Force a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons extended their lead to two runs in the top of the fifth inning when three straight two-out singles helped the visitors bring a runner around. Randhawa started the rally with a single through the right side and moved to second on another single by Derbigny. Addison Gentry drove in what proved to be the game-winning run when he singled up the middle to score Randhawa.
CSU cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the inning with only one hit out of the infield. Cox started things off with a one-out walk and advanced to third when freshman Taylor Black doubled to left field. Perry then gave Cox time to cross home plate on a grounder to second base that made it 2-1 in favor of the Falcons.
After being held hitless in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, the Buccaneers kept hope alive in the bottom of the ninth inning. Freshman Steve Antolik led off the inning with a single to right field and gave way to a pinch hitter, freshman Brantley Meier. Coming in as a pinch-hitter, redshirt-junior tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but it was fielded by the Falcons and turned into a 1-6-3 double play.
Redshirt-junior Nick Chinners attempted to restart the rally with a single through the ride side, but a foul out by freshman Tom Burkett sealed the victory for Air Force.
CSU will be off until Friday when it will begin Big South Conference action with a three-game series against Radford. The series will start at 3 p.m. on Friday and wrap-up with a pair of 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.Related Item: Box Score