KINSTON, N.C. - Steven Trojan and Nathan Stanford combined on a four-hit shutout, leading Air Force past Navy 2-0 in day two action at the Freedom Classic Saturday afternoon at Grainger Stadium. The Falcons, who played in front of a crowd of 2,145, improved to 2-3 on the season and dropped the Midshipmen to 2-3.
Trojan (1-1) tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in the start, scattering three hits. The sophomore righthander struck out three and walked five. Stanford picked up his first-career save, finishing out the game for AFA. The freshman righthander struck out four and allowed one base hit.
The Falcons had eight hits in the game. Freshman shortstop Russell Williams and sophomore centerfielder Coleman Poje led the way with two hits each.
Navy starting pitcher Stephen Moore (0-1) allowed two runs in five innings in the loss. Shortstop Travis Blue led the Mids with two hits.
Air Force scored its first run in the third inning. Coleman Poje doubled to get on base and then later came around to score on an infield hit by freshman second baseman Adam Groesbeck.
The Falcons added a second run in the fourth inning. Freshman designated hitter Griffin Jax led off the inning with a base hit. He was moved over to second with a sacrifice bunt by freshman leftfielder Tyler Jones. Later in the inning, Jax came around to score on Williams’ RBI-single.
Navy had its best scoring chance in the seventh inning when they got two runners on base with one out. Stanford came into the game for Trojan and promptly stuck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
The rubber game of the three-game series is tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 12:30 pm EST.