March 9, 2008
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Air Force baseball team defeated Penn, 9-8 and lost to Penn State, 12-2, Sunday in day three action at the Papa John's Palm Beach Challenge at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Falcons improved to 5-8 on the season.
In the first game, the Falcons held off a late Quaker rally for the win. Air Force led 9-2 headed into the eighth inning, but Penn struck for two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to make it a close game.
Matt Alexander had a monster game offensively for the Falcons. The sophomore went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles, three runs and three RBI. Alexanders' first homer hit off the light pole in right and his second blast caromed off the top of a charter bus parked behind the fence in right-center.
In the second game, a seven-run fourth inning lifted Penn State to the 12-2 win. The game was called in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule enacted before the game. Falcon starter Alex Truesdale (0-3) took the loss in 3.2 innings of work. Colin Shepherd and Gregg Laswell also saw action on the mound. Truesdale and Laswell both struck out four batters each.
The Falcons, who were playing their sixth game in three days, were held to six hits. Addison Gentry led the way by going 3-for-3.
Air Force returns to action next weekend at home, March 14-16, hosting South Dakota State in a three-game set at Falcon Field.