April 19, 2012

Petrels Lose to Crosstown Rival Emory, 9-2

The Oglethorpe baseball team could not get much offense going Thursday afternoon against crosstown rival Emory, losing, 9-2, to the home-standing Eagles.

The Petrels had 12 men reach base safely in the game, but were only able to score two runs. They cracked seven hits, but left eight men on base.

Oglethorpe starter John Gibbs gave up four runs, two of them earned, in the first two innings. He wound up suffering the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the year.

With the Petrels already down 4-0, they gave up three additional runs in the fourth, essentially putting the game away for Emory.

The Petrels did pick up two runs in the eighth. Hunter Riley and Frank Sarno led off the inning with walks and were moved up on a wild pitch. Vernon Trice then drove Riley in with a sacrifice fly, and Jake Spear drove Sarno in with an RBI double. The Emory lead was cut to 7-2.

The Petrels missed a chance to score further runs in the inning, though, and Emory got the two runs back in the bottom of the eighth.

Nick Manai went 2-for-3 with a walk for Oglethorpe, and Joe Parillo went 2-for-4.

The Petrels used eight pitchers in the game. David Langhan, Cody Campbell, Jayce Owen, Josh Morgan and Sarno all had scoreless, hitless outings. Morgan's was over two innings of work.

The loss drops the Petrels to 10-25 on the season. They close out their SCAC schedule this weekend, when they travel to Danville, Ky., to take on Centre in a three-game series. Saturday's doubleheader gets underway at 1 p.m.

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