The Oglethorpe baseball team lost to crosstown-rival Emory 13-9 Tuesday night, dropping their record to 16-15 on the year.
The Petrels fell behind 4-0 in the third inning, but the Petrels began a comeback in the bottom of the inning when they scored two runs without the benefit of a hit to cut the lead to 4-2.
Emory scored again in the fourth, but the Petrels were able to draw closer in the bottom half of the inning. Shortstop Matt Cornwell tallied the Petrels' first hit of the game with two out in the inning, and left fielder Brendan Pilger followed with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-4. It was the 18th home run of his career and his eighth of the season, tying the modern school record for both categories.
Emory followed in the fifth with four more runs, extending their lead to five runs. The Petrels answered in the bottom half with a huge five-run inning to tie the game. The run-scoring hits in the inning included an RBI triple by second baseman Jake Spear and RBI singles by Cornwell, Pilger and catcher Jeff Brothers. The Petrels had 18 batters reach base in the first five innings.
However, the Petrels would not score again and Emory would score four more times to secure the win. Oglethorpe left 11 men on base over the course of the game.
Pilger was 2-for-4 with the home run, a walk, a stolen base, three RBIs and three runs scored. Cornwell was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Third baseman Nick Manai got his first start of the year tonight after missing the first two months with a hand injury. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI walk.
Jonathan Joseph suffered the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work.
Senior Andrew Lofholm got into the game as a pitcher for the first time in his career, and pitched pretty well. He faced the minimum for two innings, but got touched up a bit in his third inning of work. He wound up with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks. He struck out two.
The Petrels will take the field again on Wednesday night. They will travel to Demorest to take on in-state opponent Piedmont. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.