Falcons hand Seeburger his second loss of the year
Photo: Chase Calabuig accounted for SDSU's lone run with his seventh home run of the season at Air Force Friday afternoon. Courtesy goaztecs.com
May 12, 2017 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - San Diego State was unable to solve Air Force pitching of much of the day as it dropped a 9-1 decision to the Falcons Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs. Although they had 10 hits in the contest, the Aztecs could not get the clutch hit when they needed it.
With the loss, SDSU saw its record drop to 34-16 overall and 17-8 in the Mountain West. Air Force, meanwhile, improved to 25-22 in all games and 12-15 in league play as they took a step toward securing a fourth-place finish and berth in the conference tournament.
Air Force scored runs in each of the first five innings as it built an early lead that the Aztecs were unable to overcome.
The lone offensive bright spot for the visitors came in the top of the third when Chase Calabuig connected for his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot to center field. That long ball cut the Falcon’s lead at the time in half as SDSU got back into the game briefly at 2-1, but there would be no more scoring by the Aztecs.
After putting up single runs in each of the first three frames, Air Force added four in the fourth against SDSU starter Brett Seeburger. The big blow in the inning was a two-out three-run homer to left by Russell Williams that made it a 7-1 contest.
That would bring an end to Seeburger’s afternoon as the senior lefty departed after tossing four innings and surrendering seven runs on nine hits with three walks. With the loss, Seeburger’s record dropped to 9-2 on the year.
Air Force starter Jacob DeVries went the first five six inning to pick up the win and improve to 5-3. Along the way he scattered seven hits and a pair of walks, but effectively kept the SDSU offense in check. Joe Kincart pitched the final three scoreless innings to close out the contest and record his first save of the year.
Calabuig led the Aztecs with three hits including the home run. Alan Trejo and David Hensley (double) had two hits apiece as the trio accounted for seven of SDSU’s hits in the game.
San Diego State and Air Force will continue their weekend series on Saturday (May 13) with a contest slated to get underway at 2:00 p.m. MT at Falcon Field in Colorado Springs.