The Air Force Falcons won the first two games of a three-game series against the Navy Midshipmen, but couldn't complete the sweep after losing 7-4 on Sunday afternoon. Navy had the lead for most the game until a big rally by Air Force in the seventh inning, but Navy responded in the top of the ninth with a rally of their own to take the win.
In the second inning, the Midshipmen got three runs on a series of hits and a key error by the Falcons. Navy starter Zach Sipe was solid although he didn't get the victory. Sipe pitched six shutout innings before being chased in the seventh inning, allowing just one hit on the day. His five-to-six strikeout-to-walk ratio could be much improved, though.
The Falcons got to the Midshipmen bullpen in the seventh after a long slumber, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning. Air Force's Alex Baker couldn't get the save for Navy though, as two hits, a walk and another poorly timed error allowed Navy to score four runs. With a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Air Force couldn't manage to complete another rally.
The loss drops Air Force to 3-4 during the young season, with Navy improving to 4-3.
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