UCCS, Air Force To Square Off In Pikes Peak Showdown

Local university baseball teams will end their regular season schedules with a game at Security Service Field on May 2

By Colorado Springs Sky Sox | April 24, 2017 2:14 PM ET

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs baseball program will conclude the first regular season in program history with a game against the United States Air Force Academy in a single, nine-inning game, on Tuesday, May 2, at Security Service Field, home of the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the inaugural Pikes Peak Showdown.

Tickets for all fans are $5, but the stadium will offer its other "$2 Tuesday" specials from the Sky Sox promotion schedule for parking and beverages. Tickets are available for purchase at the Security Service Box Office or by following the link here.

"The Sky Sox are proud to be hosting two great college programs at Security Service Field for a contest that is sure to be a thrill for fans, students, alumni and residents of Colorado Springs," said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. "The Air Force Academy has a long, storied tradition while UCCS is finishing their tremendous inaugural season. We look forward to a great competition between two institutions and the start of a new baseball rivalry on the Front Range."

The game will be the first meeting between the only two collegiate baseball teams in the Pikes Peak region. UCCS is in its first season in program history and in position to qualify for the 2017 RMAC Tournament. Air Force is 13-27 overall and in sixth place in the Division I Mountain West Conference. UCCS will be the home team for the game.

"This game will serve as a great opportunity for our student-athletes and fans to experience professional-level facilities and operations," said Nathan Gibson, UCCS Executive Director of Athletics. "The Sky Sox have been incredible partners with us as we launched our baseball program, and this game is another commitment to that partnership."

UCCS manager Dave Hajek will be a familiar name for baseball fans in the state of Colorado. He finished his 10-year professional career in 1999 with the Rockies and served as hitting coach for the Sky Sox during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

UCCS will play a four-game series with Colorado State-Pueblo in the final series of the conference schedule this weekend. The game against Air Force will lead into the team's conference bye week before the start of the RMAC Tournament May 10, in Grand Junction, Colo. The Mountain Lions need at least a split this weekend to clinch a spot in the tournament.

The 2017 Sky Sox season is in full swing at Security Service Field. For ticket information, game schedule, promotions calendar or for additional information about the Sky Sox, call (719) 597-1449, visit SkySox.com, like us on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @skysox.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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