Baseball Falls To Air Force in Service Academies Classic, 4-3
Go Tigers!
Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Feb. 24, 2002

Box Score

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.

Junior right hader Joel Posey gave up four runs on four hits and struck out five over 4.0 innings in the loss. Senior lefty Ryan O'Malley struck out three in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Tigers are back in action when they head to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.



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