Petrels Drop Final Game of Series to Rhodes

The Oglethorpe baseball team lost the third and final game of their weekend series with Rhodes, 6-5, on Saturday. The loss completes a three-game sweep at the hands of the Lynx.

The Petrels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second. Nick Manai doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Josh Morgan followed with a sacrifice fly to give Oglethorpe the lead.

Rhodes came back with the tying run in the bottom half of the inning, but Oglethorpe was able to take the lead back and extend it to 4-1. In the fifth, three singles by Jake Spear, Jeff Brothers and TJ Schmutz, respectively, resulted in the go-ahead run for the Petrels. Then in the sixth, Morgan singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on a Ryan Grau flyout and scored on a Vernon Trice fielder's choice-RBI. Trice stole second and advanced to third on a Rhodes error, and Spear drove him in with an RBI single to give the Petrels the three-run lead.

However, Rhodes scored four runs in the eighth to take the lead, 5-4. Schmutz came in to pitch and got a double-play ball to get out of the inning, which looked like it would prove to be big when the Petrels tied the game at 5-apiece in the top of the ninth. Leff stroked a one-out single and Casey Tuttle came through with a pinch-hit single of his own to put two runners on. Leff advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and Schmutz came through with a big two-out RBI single to tie the game.

It came unraveled again in the bottom of the ninth, though, as Rhodes loaded the bases with nobody out. The Petrels were able to cut the winning run down at the plate twice, but Rhodes got the two-out hit they needed to win the game, 6-5.

Emmett Goodman got the start for the Petrels and pitched very well, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Schmutz suffered the loss, allowing the winning run to score in the ninth. He drops to 0-1 on the year.

Spear was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Schmutz went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, including the game-tying one in the ninth.

The loss drops the Petrels to 8-20 on the season, 2-7 in SCAC play. They will next be in action Tuesday night, when they will return to Anderson Field to take on in-state rival Piedmont. The game will get underway at 7 p.m.

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