Air Force Splits Saturday Games At Palm Beach Challenge
March 9, 2008
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Air Force baseball team defeated Maine, 3-1, in ten innings and lost to Connecticut, 10-6, in a time-limit shortened game Saturday in day two action at the Papa John's Palm Beach Challenge at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Falcons improved to 4-7 on the season.
In the first game, the Falcons failed to hold a 1-0 lead in the ninth, but rallied for the 3-1 win in the 10th inning. With gale force winds blowing in from left field, Air Force and Maine (5-6) combined for just 11hits.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the seventh when Jon McMahon laced a double down the left field line to score Ben Ausbun from first base. Maine tied the game up with a leadoff triple by Curt Smith followed by a single by Myckie Lugbauer. Air Force escaped further damage in the ninth to send the game into extra innnings.
Air Force's Chay Derbigny drew a leadoff walk to start the 10th and reached second on a stolen base. Addison Gentry then laced a double into the right field gap to score Derbigny. Gentry then scored later in the inning on Mat Alexander's sacrifice fly for an insurance run.
Air Force got a stellar pitching performance from starter Jake Petro. Petro allowed just one run on four hits in eight-plus innings. The junior held Maine scoreless for the first seven innings and did not allow a base hit until the fourth inning.
The Falcons had five hits in the game with Jon McMahon going 3-for-3 with two sac bunts.
In the second game, the Falcons lost 10-6 in a seven inning game. The game was called at midnight due to a time rule.
The Falcon pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone, walking eight batters while the defense committed three errors. UConn (1-6) had 11 hits the game with four players getting two apiece. Gorden Stevens led the way with two runs and three RBI.
Matt Barattino (0-1) took the loss in his first-career start. Allowing six runs, two earned, in 2.2 innings pitched. Jeff Abt and Adam Teach also pitched in relief. The Falcons had nine hits in the game. K.J. Randhawa, Chay Derbigny and Ben Ausbun had two hits apiece.
UConn went up 3-0 with three runs in the second but Air Force returned with four runs in the bottom of the second. The Huskies added three in the third and two in the fourth to pull away.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow, March 9, taking on Penn at 11 a.m. and Penn State at 3:30 p.m. EST back at the Santaluces Sports Complex. Live stats will be available for the Penn game at pennathletics.com.