Feb. 27, 2011
KINSTON, N.C. -The Air Force baseball team dropped a 13-3 ballgame to Navy Sunday afternoon at the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium. The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-4 on the season while the Midshipmen improved to 2-5.
Leading 3-2, the Falcon bullpen surrendered 11 runs over the last three innings as Navy won for the second-straight day. Both teams stuggled defensively, combining for nine errors and eight unearned runs.
Air Force squandered a solid starting pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Sean Carley. Carley struck out a career-high eight batters, while holding Navy to two unearned runs over six innings.
The Falcons opened the game with a run in the first to lead early. The Midshipmen and AFA traded two runs in the second to make it a 3-2 Falcon lead after two innings. Air Force would be held scoreless the rest of the way.
Navy erupted for four runs in the seventh and eighth innings, with just two of the runs being earned, and tacked on three more in the ninth.
The Mids had 20 hits on the day. Greg Dupell led Navy with four hits. Dave Milanes and Jeff Bland homered for the Midshipmen.
Navy reliever Joel Rinehart (1-0) earned the win with four scoreless innings pitched. Mids starter Johnny Schoberl pitched five innings.
Falcon reliever Alex Baker (1-0) took the loss, allowing four runs, just one earned. Stephen Colangelo, Vince Capra and Mike Kazakoff also pitched in relief. Capra made his collegiate debut for the Falcons.
Air Force returns to action Thursday, March 3, taking on Northern Illinois at the Coca-Cola Classic, hosted by Arizona State in Surprise, Ariz.