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Air Force drops slugfest to UNLV, 20-13

Air Force shortstop stops the ball as an UNLV baserunner steals second base. Photo by Mike Kaplan

Air Force shortstop stops the ball as an UNLV baserunner steals second base. Photo by Mike Kaplan

By Nick Arseniak

Athletic Communications

When the wind blows out at Falcon Field, it often turns into a home-run derby.  In a game that featured nine home runs and 41 total hits, UNLV out-slugged Air Force 20-13 in Mountain West Conference baseball action Saturday.

The loss drops the Falcons to 14-25, 3-8, while the Rebels improved to 21-21, 6-8.

UNLV had 23 hits on the day, including six homers.  Bryan Resnick, Jarred Frierson, Ryan Thornton, Rance Roundy, Kyle Kretchmer and Joe DiMaggio homered for the Rebels.  Resnick had four hits and Frierson added four RBIs.  Every starter for UNLV had at least two hits.

Air Force had 18 hits on the day with three homers. Ben Ausbun, Nathan Carter and Matt Alexander homered for the Falcons.

For Ausbun, it was his fourth homer in three games and Alexander hit his conference-leading 14th on the year. Alexander went 5-for-6 on the day with a pair of doubles and five RBIs.

UNLV starter Andrew Beresford (3-2) picked up the win, pitching six innings and striking out seven.

Falcon starter Alex Truesdale (2-6) was tagged for nine runs in 5.1 innings, striking out four in the loss.  Michael Ruvolo, Jason Griggs and Mike Kazakoff pitched in relief for AFA.

After a scoreless first, UNLV scored in every inning after, highlighted by multiple runs in five-of-the-last-six innings.

Air Force recorded a base hit in every inning and scored multiple runs in five different innings.

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