The Bears hung on for a 7-6 victory, winning their second straight in as many days against the Academy after posting a 20-14 win on Tuesday.
The Bears, 11-30, scored their seven runs on 12 hits and had no errors in the game, while the Falcons, 14-28, tallied six runs on nine hits and committed a pair of errors.
Senior Erik Hegstad continued to hit well, going 3-for-5 in the game with a pair of doubles. Both junior Tyler Borzileri and freshman Tony Crudo notched two hits each, while senior Andy Mees led the way with a pair of RBI.
Senior right-hander Brian Sizemore pitched 2.2 innings for the Bears in a starting role. He allowed four runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three. Freshman Ty Jacobs threw five innings, giving up just one run on two hits and he walked four in his first collegiate win. Cameron Tallman retired the only batter he faced in the eighth inning and senior Kevin Sandberg picked up his third save. He gave up one run on two hits, striking out two in the ninth.
"Today we got very good relief pitching," said Head Coach Kevin Smallcomb. "Ty Jacobs, Cameron Tallman and Kevin Sandberg all did nice work today. Offensively, we scored just enough runs to win and had quality at bats by Hegstad, Borzileri and Tony Crudo. Andy Mees picked up a couple RBI and we made all the plays in the field today."
Air Force starter Mike Kazakoff took the loss (0-2), giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 3.2 innings pitched. The other three pitchers, Michael Ceci, Andrew Loyd and Michael Ruvolo gave up just four hits over the final 5.1 innings.
Northern Colorado scored one run in the top of the first inning. Borzileri led off the game reaching base on an error by the third baseman. He moved to second on a groundout by Adrian Schenk, advanced to third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Andy Mees.
Air Force evened the score with a leadoff home run by Nathan Carter in the bottom of the first inning.
The Bears added another run in the second inning. Junior Seth Budde tripled to left center and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore T.J. Berge.
The Falcons gained the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer by Blair Roberts and added two more for the 4-2 advantage.
Neither team scored in the third frame, then the Bears exploded for five runs in the fourth to take the 7-4 lead. Hegstad led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a walk by Budde, advanced to third on a fielder's choice by Berge and scored on a double by Crudo. With two outs, Borzileri doubled, Schenk singled and Mees doubled, each tallying an RBI.
Both teams were retired in order in the fifth inning and neither team scored in the sixth. The Falcons got one back in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Tytus Moss. The Bears threatened in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs, but were unable to capitalize.
The Falcons hit another home run in the ninth, this off the bat of Jack Lupo with two outs to cut it to one run, 7-6 but Sandberg worked out of the inning for the NC victory.
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