March 8, 2003
Air Force pounded a season-high 27 hits in a 22-11 win over Monmouth University in a non-conference baseball game Saturday, March 8, at the Academy's Falcon Field. The game was the first of a three-game series.
After a scoreless first inning, the Falcons exploded for 22 runs in the next six innings. Monmouth scored three in the third for a 4-2 lead, but the Falcons took the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the inning. After three consecutive doubles, Tony Shockley hit a three-run home run, his second blast in the first three innings of play. Josh Phifer hit a two-run homer in the fourth as Air Force took a 10-4 lead. Phifer's two-run single in the fifth gave the Falcons a 13-4 lead.
An eight-run seventh inning gave the Falcons a 22-5 lead. Zach McAngus hit a solo home run and Nick Liegl had a two-run single. Monmouth scored six in the top of the eighth as Evan Clancy hit a grand slam home run.
Five Falcons had three or more hits. Phifer was 4-for-5 with five RBI, a double and a home run. Shockley was 4-for-6 with six RBI, four runs scored and two home runs. Bowie Frost was also 4-for-6 with three doubles.
Jesper Stubbendorff earned the win for the Falcons and improved to 2-1 this season. He went seven innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts. Jim Carone took the loss for the Hawks. He went four innings and gave up 10 runs on 12 hits.
Air Force ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-8 overall this season. Monmouth fell to 0-5.
The same two teams meet again Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m. MST at Falcon Field. The series concludes Monday, March 10, at 2 p.m.