The Stormy Petrels came up just short in a 10 inning loss at Piedmont on Wednesday night, 7-6. Despite the loss, senior outfielder Brendan Pilger broke two milestones with one swing of the bat and became Oglethorpe's single season and career homerun king with 9 and 19, respectively.
Pilger went 2-for-4 on the night with a double and the record setting homerun, but it was not enough to lift the Petrels past Piedmont. Pilger smacked a curve ball over the leftfield wall to put the Petrels on the board in the top of the fourth and set the school records. His nine homers this season moves him past Brad Sims for the all-time season record and his 19 career homers moves him past Dan Torrenti in that category.
The Petrels fell behind the Lions 4-0 before Pilger's 2-run blast ignited a comeback. Trailing 6-2 after the fourth, Oglethorpe plated a run in the sixth, two in the eighth and one more in the ninth to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
The Lions led off the bottom of the 10th with a double before eventually loading the bases with one out. The winning run came across after a wild pitch in the dirt from Brad Brickhouse allowed the Lions to plate the decisive run.
The top three hitters in the order for Oglethorpe - Jeff Pope, Matt Cornwell and Pilger - combined to go 7-for-14 at the plate with 4 RBI and 5 runs scored. Designated hitter Adam Brazenas drove home the other two Petrel runs with a single in the eighth innning.
The Petrels are now 16-16 on the season and will travel to Alabama for a huge weekend series at Birmingham-Southern, needing a victory or two to lock up a trip to the SCAC Tournament. Check back to gopetrels.com for weekend updates on the big games.