Air Force Splits Sunday Doubleheader with Navy at Freedom Classic

    Senior RHP Alex Baker.

    Senior RHP Alex Baker.

    Feb. 24, 2013

    Game One Box
    Game Two Box

    KINSTON, N.C. - Air Force baseball split its doubleheader with Navy Sunday at the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium. Navy won game one, 3-2, while Air Force took game two, 13-3, to split the series at 2-2. The Falcons are now 2-6 on the season and the Midshipmen are 4-4.

    The Falcons dropped game one in heartbreaking fashion, allowing the game-tying run with two outs in the seventh inning of a seven-inning game. Air Force held a 1-0 lead until Navy second baseman Brad Borosack hit an RBI single to tie the game up.

    Navy would then load the bases and score two more runs on an errant pickoff throw to first. The runner at first was called out at home on an interference call to end the inning.

    Air Force plated a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Navy reliever Sam Sorenson got out of the inning without further damage.

    The loss overshadowed a strong performance from starting pitcher Steven Trojan. Trojan, who held the Midshipmen scoreless through the first six innings, allowed one run in 6.1 innings of work. The freshman right-hander allowed just three hits, while striking out seven. Reliever Ben Yokley (1-1) took the loss. Bo Wilson also pitched in relief.

    The Falcons had seven hits in game one. Senior Catcher Garrett Custons went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Senior leftfielder Alex Bast added a base hit and RBI.

    Navy starting pitcher Anthony Parenti (1-0) picked up the win, allowing one run in six innings, striking out nine. Sorenson picked up the save.

     

     

    In game two, Air Force took control early in the game, highlighted by a six-run fourth inning, to roll to a 13-3 win.

    Senior right-hander Alex Baker (1-1) struck out a career-high 10 batters in seven innings, allowing two unearned runs off four hits for the win. Senior Jack Hourin and freshman Trent Monaghan closed out the game in relief.

    The Falcons had a sesason-high 15 his in game two. Five Falcons had multiple hits, including four by Bast and three by sophomore leftfielder David Thomas. Bast went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs. Thomas went 3-for-6 with three RBIs.

    Freshman designated hitter Peter Johnson went 2-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. Senior secondbaseman Matthew Roberts went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBIs. Junior firstbaseman Seth Kline went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.

    Freshman Zach Reks also had his first-career hit for the Falcons.

    Navy was held to four hits in game two. Mids starting pitcher Luke Gillingham (1-1) took the loss, allowing five runs in three innings pitched.

    Air Force returns to action Friday, March 1, against St. Bonaventure at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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