Baseball Falls To Air Force in Service Academies Classic, 4-3
Feb. 24, 2002
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Tiger baseball was handed its third-consecutive loss, 4-3 to Air Force, in the consolation round of the Service Adaemies Classic at the USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tenn., on Sunday morning.
The consolation game was a rematch of Friday night's 6-3 come-from-behind Tiger victory. The Tigers were close to pulling out another late-inning stunner on Sunday when sophomore left fielder Josh Payne reached first on a two-out error and wound up on third after stealing second and advancing on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh. But two Tiger batters stranded Payne at third and the Falcons escaped with a 4-3 win and the tournament's third-place trophy.
The game was limited to a seven-inning contest due to travel restraints for the teams competing in the afternoon championship.
The Tigers posted three runs in the second inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Payne and sophomore second baseman Michael Lewis. Lewis crossed the plate for the Tigers third run after Falcon pitcher Ken Hodgson was called for a balk.
Payne and sophomore third baseman Kyle Scott each hit safely to continue their season-long hitting streaks.
The Tigers are back in action when they head to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.