March 31, 2012

Petrels Swept in Heartbreaking Fashion at Sewanee

The Oglethorpe baseball team was swept in a doubleheader at Sewanee Saturday in gut-wrenching fashion, losing Game 1 by the score of 2-1, and Game 2 by the score of 8-7. The Petrels led 1-0 into the sixth inning (of a scheduled seven) in Game 1 and 7-3 into the eighth inning of Game 2 before giving up the lead in both instances.

In Game 1, the Petrels got a great start from Cory Leff. Through the first five innings, he shut the home-standing Tigers out on four hits.

The Petrels were being shut down by Sewanee pitching, as well, but broke through with a run in the fourth. Vernon Trice led off the inning with a walk, then back-to-back singles by Jake Spear and Nick Manai loaded the bases with nobody out. One batter later, Joe Parillo grounded into a double play which effectively killed a large rally, but it did bring a run in and give Oglethorpe the lead.

But Oglethorpe gave up two runs in the sixth, falling behind by one run.

In the seventh and final inning, the Petrels got runners to second and third with one out. However, back-to-back strikeouts ended the game for the Petrels.

In Game 2, Oglethorpe jumped out to a big 7-1 lead with a run in the first and two in the second, third and fifth. A Parillo sacrifice fly drove in the run in the first. After Sewanee answered with a run in the bottom half, a run-scoring groundout by TJ Schmutz and an RBI single by Spear gave the Petrels a 3-1 lead in the second. Schmutz came through again with an RBI single in the third. In the fifth, Casey Tuttle slammed a run-scoring double and Ryan Grau immediately followed with an RBI single of his own, and it looked like the Petrels were in good shape, even after surrendering a run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 7-2.

Emmett Goodman had an excellent start, allowing two runs on six hits through six innings. Even though the Petrels again gave up a single run in the seventh, they still led, 7-3, entering the eighth. But it all fell apart in the eighth, as Oglethorpe pitching allowed four runs in the inning, the last two of which were unearned. The game was tied, 7-7.

Oglethorpe got two men on with one out in the ninth, but a double-play grounder cut the rally short.

In the bottom half of the inning, an error allowed the Tigers a runner on third with nobody out. They drove him in to win the game, 8-7. The last three runs Sewanee scored were unearned.

In Game 2, Tuttle was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Leff went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored of his own.

The losses drop the Petrels to 7-17 on the year, 1-4 in SCAC play. They will try to salvage the final game of the series with Sewanee tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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