April 22, 2012

Petrels Trounce Centre, 11-3, in SCAC Finale

The Oglethorpe baseball team ended their run in the SCAC with a victory Sunday, defeating Centre, 11-3, in both teams' final game within the conference before moving to the SAA next season.

The Petrels pounded out 15 hits in the game, and all nine offensive starters collected at least one. Eight of the nine offensive starters scored a run, as well.

Oglethorpe had an 8-2 lead after four innings. They scored three in the first to jump out to the early lead. Singles by center fielder Vernon Trice and right fielder Cory Leff sandwiched around a Centre error loaded the bases with nobody out. One batter later, left fielder Nick Manai singled home two runs to give the Petrels a 2-0 lead. Then, after shortstop T.J. Schmutz singled, first baseman Casey Tuttle drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly.

After the home-standing Colonels scored two runs of their own in the bottom half, the Petrels went right back to work. An RBI double by second baseman Jake Spear and a Leff sacrifice fly got the two runs back and gave the Petrels a 5-2 lead.

They got two more in the third. After a Schmutz walk and singles by catcher Jeff Brothers and third baseman Frank Sarno loaded the bases with one out, Trice came through with an RBI single. Spear immediately followed with another run-scoring single, giving Oglethorpe a 7-2 lead. They then got the 8-2 lead in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Tuttle and Brothers.

Meanwhile, Emmett Goodman was giving Oglethorpe a very strong outing on the mound. He would eventually pick up the win for the Petrels, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out 10 of the 29 Colonels he faced. The win improves Goodman to 4-4 on the season.

After Centre cut the lead to five, the Petrels ensured there would be no Colonel comeback with three runs in the eighth. A Schmutz two-run double and a Brothers RBI single provided the scoring.

Joey McAlpin picked up the three-inning save for the Petrels, the first of his career. He shut out the Colonels over that period, allowing three hits and no walks, striking out two.

Brothers finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. For his part, Schmutz posted a 2-for-4, including a double, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.

After taking two-of-three from Centre, the Petrels improve their record to 12-26 on the season. They finish the SCAC season with a 4-11 mark, good for fifth place in the East Division. They will finish the season with a two-game home-and-home series against crosstown-rival Emory. Senior Day for the Petrels will be held on Saturday, as the rescheduled game will get underway at 2 p.m. The two teams will play at Emory in the Petrels' season finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

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