Petrels Split Doubleheader with Centre
The Oglethorpe baseball team split a doubleheader with Centre Saturday afternoon, winning the first game, 2-1, and losing the second game, 13-2.
In Game 1, the Petrels got a brilliant pitching performance from Cory Leff. He threw a complete game for his first win of the season, allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out four.
The Petrels got all the offense they would need in the third (of a scheduled seven). Leff helped himself with a two-out single, which was preceded by another single by second baseman Jake Spear. Catcher Joe Parillo drove Spear in with a single of his own, and Leff scored when right fielder Nick Manai reached on an error. This gave the Petrels a 2-0 lead, a lead they did not relinquish.
Centre cut the lead in half in the sixth, but left the potential tying run at third base. Leff also left the potential tying run in scoring position in the seventh, and the Petrels emerged with the 2-1 victory.
Leff had an excellent game at the plate, as well. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Spear was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
However, Centre dominated from the outset in Game 2. They scored all 13 runs in the first two innings, four in the first and nine in the second.
The Petrels committed six errors in the game, and David Langhan did not have a great start. He suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs in an-inning-and-two-thirds.
For their part, the Oglethorpe offense collected 12 hits, just one fewer than Centre, but they left 12 men on base, and were only able to score two runs.
The first came in the third, when center fielder Vernon Trice singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI single by third baseman Parillo. The Petrels would get two more hits in the inning, but would not score any more runs.
The other Petrel run came in the fifth. Singles by Parillo and shortstop T.J. Schmutz put runners at first and second for designated hitter Jeff Brothers, who drove a run in with a single of his own. That was all the Petrels would get, however, and the game was stopped after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
Trice was 2-for-4 with a run scored in Game 2. Parillo was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Schmutz went 2-for-3, as well, and first baseman Casey Tuttle was 2-for-4.
The split moves the Petrels to 11-26 on the season, 3-11 in SCAC play. The two teams play their SCAC finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Danville, Ky.