The Oglethorpe baseball team lost its first game of the Southern Classic Friday afternoon, 7-1, to the in-state rival Piedmont Lions. The loss drops the Petrels to 1-2 on the young season.
The game started out as a pitcher's duel between Emmett Goodman and Piedmont's Kevin Caldwell. The game was scoreless through the first five innings, and Oglethorpe didn't pick up their first hit until the seventh.
In the sixth, Piedmont finally scratched a couple of runs across to take a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, the Petrels parlayed a Cory Leff single and a Piedmont error to put a runner on second with nobody out. The next batter, Casey Tuttle, singled up the middle to drive in the run and cut the Piedmont lead to 2-1.
However, that was the only run the Petrels would score, and Piedmont would pull away late to get to the final score line.
Goodman pitched very well, but picked up the tough-luck loss, dropping him to 0-1 on the season. He threw seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three.
Tuttle was 1-for-4 for the Petrels, driving in their only run of the game. Joe Parillo went 2-for-4 with a double.
The Petrels will next be in action tomorrow afternoon, as they will continue Southern Classic action from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., home of the Gwinnett Braves. First pitch will be at approximately 1 p.m.