Petrels Swept by Berry in Doubleheader to Close 2011 Season

Petrels Swept by Berry in Doubleheader to Close 2011 Season

The Oglethorpe baseball team was swept by Berry in a doubleheader Saturday, completing Berry's three-game sweep of the Petrels to close the 2011 season. The Petrels lost Game 1 by the score of 16-2 and Game 2 by a 10-8 score.

In Game 1, the Petrels scored two runs and right fielder Cory Leff was directly responsible for both of them. He hit a home run in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth. He finished the game 2-for-3.

However, after four innings, the Petrels were still down 5-2. They gave up seven runs in the sixth and an additional four in the seventh.

Matt Cornwell got the start for the Petrels and suffered the loss, giving up 12 runs on 16 hits over six innings. He dropped to 2-4 on the year.

In Game 2, the Petrels fell behind 4-0 in the first two innings. They got an unearned run back in the bottom of the second, but gave up two more in the fourth to give Berry a 6-1 lead.

The Petrels then exploded for five runs in the fifth to tie the game, 6-6. They scored the five runs on just two hits. The Petrels got an RBI single from Cornwell early in the inning and then proceeded to get three straight RBIs on free passes of one sort or another. They worked two bases-loaded walks and a bases-loaded hit batsman, making the score 6-5. Oglethorpe then tied the game on a Berry error to cap the inning. However, the visiting Vikings would get three runs in the sixth to take the lead right back.

The Petrels would get two back in the bottom of the inning on the 12th and final home run of the season by Brendan Pilger. It was also the 22nd home run of his career. Both marks will now stand as Oglethorpe records. But the Vikings would get an additional run in the seventh and final inning and the Petrels were unable to get anything in the bottom half.

Leff started Game 2 for the Petrels and gave up his first two earned runs of the year. He finishes the year with a 0.64 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. Brad Brickhouse suffered the loss, dropping to 0-2 on the year. He allowed three runs on two hits over a third of an inning. Cornwell had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

With the two losses, the Petrels dropped to 18-24 to finish the season.