March 10, 2003
Air Force scored 11 runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a 20-8 win over Monmouth University in a non-conference college baseball game, Monday, March 10, at the Academy's Falcon Field.
Air Force, 8-9 overall this season, won two of the three games in the series. Monmouth fell to 1-6.
Each team scored two runs in the first and one run in the second inning. Monmouth took a 4-3 lead in the top of the third when Mike St. Martine's singled and scored on Nick Massari's ground out.
Air Force took the lead for good with five runs on six hits in the third inning. Shortstop Nelson Prouty delivered the big blow, a two-out, two-run single. The Falcons broke the game open in the fifth inning. Monmouth went to its bullpen and the Falcons capitalized with 11 runs on six hits, four walks and a hit batter. AFA sent 14 batters to the plate. Adam Howes hit a three-run homer in the inning, his fifth of the season. Prouty had a two-run double and Mike Rose had a two-run single.
Falcon freshman Paul Vignola earned his team-high fourth win of the season. He went six innings, and gave up six runs, four earned, on 12 hits with four strikeouts. Freshman Jeff Tetrault and senior Jason Pruitt each pitched scoreless innings in relief.
Hawk starter Scott Zadina took the loss. He went three innings and gave up eight runs on 10 hits with two walks. Five MU relievers combined to give up 12 runs, 11 earned, on 12 hits and eight walks.
Howes led the Falcon offense, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, a stolen base, three runs scored and four RBI. Prouty was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, four RBI and a double. Phifer was 3-for-4 with two doubles. St. Martine and Fran Rotella each had three hits for the Hawks.
Air Force returns to Mountain West Conference play later this week with a three-game series against the UNLV Rebels in Las Vegas, Nev. The teams play single games, Friday-Sunday, March 14-16.