Oglethorpe Knock Off Berry, 9-2

The Oglethorpe baseball team picked up a win Friday night, riding a six-run sixth inning and a brilliant complete-game performance by starting pitcher Emmett Goodman to a 9-2 victory.

The Petrels led from the get-go, taking a 2-0 lead after three innings. After scoring a run in the first, Oglethorpe center fielder Vernon Trice walked and stole second with one out in the third. Back-to-back singles by second baseman Jake Spear and right fielder Cory Leff followed to drive Trice in.

The two teams traded runs in the fourth, then the Petrels broke through in the sixth. They brought 12 men to the plate in the inning, scoring six runs on seven hits. An RBI infield single by shortstop TJ Schmutz started the scoring for the Petrels in the inning, and that was followed by a two-run single off the bat of third baseman Frank Sarno. A Leff sacrifice fly and an RBI single by designated hitter Jeff Brothers followed, and the Petrels had broken it open, 9-1.

Oglethopre cruised from there, as Berry was able to get one run back but no more, leading to the final 9-2 scoreline.

Goodman pitched his best game of the year thus far for the complete-game victory. He allowed just two runs, neither of them earned, on just five hits over his nine innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. With the win, he improves to 2-2 on the season.

Catcher Joe Parillo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for Oglethorpe.

With the win, the Petrels improve to 6-7 on the season. They will next be in action tomorrow afternoon, when they will travel to Mount Berry, Ga., to take on Berry in the back half of this home-and-home two-game series. First pitch will be at approximately 2 p.m.

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