March 26, 2003
Senior righthander Jesper Stubbendorff threw 124 pitches and scattered eight hits to post his second career complete game as the Air Force Falcons defeated Western Illinois, 4-2, Wednesday at the Rainbow Easter Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Stubbendorff, from Jupiter, Fla., evened his record at 3-3 this season and did not allow any Western Illinois batter more than one hit in the game. The Falcons (9-16), who snapped a seven-game losing streak, helped Stubbendorff by not committing an error for the second consecutive game.
Western Illinois (9-12) got on the board early with a run in the top of the first. With two outs and runners on first and second, Clint Buchen lined a single to center field, scoring Blake Schultz from second. The runner on first, Ryan Schmidgall, was thrown out trying to advance to third.
Stubbendorff escaped a one-out bases loaded jam in the fifth when Schmidgall laid down a bunt in front of the plate that Stubbendorff fielded and threw to catcher Daniel Petro for the force-out. Schultz then flied out to end the inning.
Air Force took a 3-1 lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Frost opened the frame with a single and advanced to second on Nelson Prouty's sacrifice bunt. A Zach McAngus single moved Frost to third, and he scored on Mike Rose's sacrifice fly. Senior Adam Howes stole home later in the inning on the front end of a double steal with McAngus.
The Leathernecks cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the seventh on Ryan Cougill's RBI single, but Air Force put up an insurance run in the eighth when Petro hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Liegl, who was pinch running after Mike Rose walked to leadoff the inning.
Shockley led the Falcons with two hits in four at-bats as Air Force collected just six hits off Western Illinois Nathan Miller, who also threw a complete game.
Air Force continues action in the tournament on Thursday, March 27, as it battles host Hawaii at 6:35 p.m. (Hawaiian time).