April 9, 2011

Petrels Swept by Rhodes in Doubleheader

The Oglethorpe baseball team suffered a sweep at the hands of Rhodes College on Saturday, losing Game 1 3-2 in 10 innings and Game 2 6-5. The Petrels took an early lead in both games, but weren't able to hold on to either of them.

In Game 1, they scored both of their runs in the first. Center fielder Jeff Pope walked to lead off the inning, and was moved to second on a single by shortstop Matt Cornwell. Both were involved in a successful double steal, then catcher Jeff Brothers drove Pope home with an RBI groundout. Right fielder Cory Leff followed with an RBI double, driving in Cornwell.

Rhodes tied the scheduled seven-inning game in the fifth, and the game moved along into extra innings. Cornwell had pitched three innings of relief and allowed only one hit going into the 10th, but he gave up two doubles in that inning to give Rhodes the lead. Then in the bottom half of the inning, he led off with a single and advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. He then attempted a straight steal of home, but was thrown out in a very close play at the plate, ending the game.

In Game 2, the Petrels scored a run in the first on a Brothers RBI single, then scored two more in the second on a Pope RBI single and a Brendan Pilger sacrifice fly to take a 3-0 lead.

However, the Petrels suffered a disastrous inning in the fifth, allowing five unearned runs on four hits, giving Rhodes a 6-3 lead. The Petrels were able to get two back in the seventh and final inning when Pilger hit an RBI single over the second baseman's head and Leff followed with an RBI single of his own. But in between, Brothers lined sharply into a double play which was headed down the line and could have tied the game. The Petrels left the potential tying run on first base.

Cornwell suffered the loss in Game 1, allowing three hits and a run over four innings of work. Neal Amos was the tough-luck loser in Game 2, allowing no earned runs (five unearned) over 2 2/3 innings.

The Petrels fall to 15-14 on the year, 4-6 in SCAC play, and will complete the three-game series with Rhodes Sunday at 1 p.m.

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