Air Force defeats Western Illinois, 4-2, at Rainbow Easter Classic
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).