The Oglethorpe baseball team got a much-needed victory over Birmingham-Southern on Saturday, splitting the doubleheader, and bringng them within one win of advaning to the SCAC Tournament.
The win came in Game 2. The Petrels came back from being down 6-0 after two innings to win the game 10-9. A seven-run sixth inning was instrumental in the victory. The Petrels loaded the bases with nobody out to start the inning and proceeded to get RBI hits from Cory Leff, Adam Brazenas and Joe Parillo, with an RBI groundout from Jeff Pope. This gave the Petrels a 9-7 lead.
After the homestanding Panthers scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, the Petrels got a big insurance run in the seventh to extend their lead to 10-8. From there, Leff entered the game as the pitcher and was able to shut the Panthers down for the final 1 2/3 innings to garner his first save of the year and preserve the victory. He did not allow a hit during his outing and struck out two.
Leff had a good day at the plate, too. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored. Brazenas went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
In Game 1, the Petrels mustered only four hits and gave up five runs in the sixth en route to an 8-0 loss. The Petrels were in the game for most of the day, behind only 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth of a seven-inning game. But the five run inning secured the win for the Panthers.
The win and the loss put the Petrels at 17-17 on the year, 6-7 in SCAC play. A win in Sunday's rubber game (2 p.m. Eastern) will clinch Oglethorpe a spot in next weekend's SCAC Tournament. They can still make the tournament if they lose on Sunday, depending on the outcome of the ongoing Centre-DePauw series, and maybe of the upcoming midweek DePauw-Sewanee makeup doubleheader. In the event of a Petrels loss, they would need DePauw to sweep Centre to be able to clinch a tournament spot before that midweek makeup doubleheader. DePauw won Game 1 of the series, and Game 2 was suspended with the Tigers leading in the bottom of the fifth.