Air Force Baseball Drops 5-3 Game To Navy At Service Academies Spring Classic
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - The Air Force baseball team couldn't hold an early lead, falling to fellow service academy Navy ,5-3, in day two action at the 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic at USA Stadium. The Falcons, who fall to 3-7 on the season, take on Indiana State tomorrow.
Air Force scored the first run if the game in the third inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Geno Salazar singled to right to lead off the inning. Salazar then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Polston and reached third on a wild pitch. Reid Lamson then hit a fly ball to center to score Salazar.
The Falcons made it a 2-0 game with a run in the fifth. Lamson reached first on a bunt single and then made it all the way to third base on a Navy trowing error on Troy Jeffers' grounder to third. Nathan DeRohan then flied out to center to score Lamson.
After shutting down Navy for the first five innings, the Mids finally got to Falcon starter Paul Pratt (1-2), scoring two runs on two hits to tie the game up a 2-2.
The Falcons came right back in the bottom half of the sixth by manufacturing a run with two outs to re-take the lead at 3-2. With two outs Dale Kasel drew a walk and stole second base. Geno Salazar then doubled to right-center to score Kasel.
Navy was not done however, as they came back with a pair of two out runs to take a 4-3 lead. The Mids tacked on another run in the eighth make it a 5-3 game.
The Falcons seemed to have a big inning set up as they loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. However, Geno Salazar lined out into an inning-ending double play.
Navy starter Burgess Nichols went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning five. Pratt took the loss, allowing four runs off eight hits while fanning two in seven innings pitched. Mark McCoy (1-0) earned the win, tossing one inning of relief. Mitch Harris earned the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Air Force had eight base hits in the game, led by Jeffers and Salazar, who both had two hits apiece.
The Falcons conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. game Sunday (Feb. 27) against Indiana State back at USA Stadium.
Notes: Reid Lamson extended his hitting streak to eight games and Matt Ghigna extended his hitting streak to six games.