The Oglethorpe baseball team held down the Millsaps lineup all day Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Majors, winning the first game, 7-4, before coming back with a 6-2 victory in Game 2. The victory improved the Stormy Petrels to 20-10 on the season overall and 10-5 in SAA play, putting them in third place by themselves. They sit just a game behind Berry for second place and two back of Rhodes for first.
Oglethorpe pitchers allowed just five earned runs on 10 hits over 16 innings of play and struck out 16 batters. Junior left-hander Kyle Babb got his sixth win of the year in Game 1, allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings of work, striking out five. Sophomore right-hander Jack Bartlewski picked up his sixth save of the year with a 2-strikeout performance in the ninth inning to lock down the victory, and freshman right-hander Christopher Keane tossed an inning of scoreless ball, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout. Senior right-hander Matt Davis got back on track with a win in Game 2, his second of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits over four innings, walking three and striking out two. Sophomore right-hander Dylan Childress gave up a hit and a walk over two innings, striking out a couple, and Bartlewski struck out the side in the seventh and final inning to cinch the victory.
Millsaps took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second in Game 1, but the Petrels responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Senior right fielder Patrick Burnette had the big blow with a 2-run single to give the Petrels a 2-1 lead, and senior third baseman Connor Crooke scored on a balk prior to that. Senior center fielder Jarvis Miller broke it open with a 3-run bomb in the fourth inning, giving his team a 7-1 advantage.
The Majors came back with three in the fifth off a home run from designated hitter Jimmy Fondren, putting them back in the game and cutting their deficit to 7-4. However, Oglethorpe pitching shut down the visitors over the final four innings, allowing just two hits in that span.
Burnette went 2-for-3 for the Petrels in Game 1, recording a walk, a stolen base and two RBIs. Senior second baseman Matt Motz went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In Game 2, the Petrels again fell behind 1-0 early, but senior designated hitter Adrian Celata drove in Miller with a groundout to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning after the latter singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a fly out.
Millsaps took a 2-1 lead in the second and held it until the bottom of the fourth, but the Petrels tied the game on an RBI double by freshman catcher Alec Babb, then took the lead on a Millsaps wild pitch. Oglethorpe scored two more on three fifth-inning doubles. Burnette and Motz drove in runs with their two-baggers, giving the Petrels a 5-2 advantage. Miller rounded out the Oglethorpe scoring with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Miller went 2-for-3 for the game, recording a double, a sacrifice fly, a stolen base, an RBI and two runs.
"I thought our guys came out ready to play this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Dan Giordano. "From pitch one last night to the last pitch today, we had a lot of energy in the dugout, a lot of energy on the field, and we kind of put things together this weekend. It was fun to watch. From our pitching to our offense and defense, we put things together, got a few breaks here and there, and were able to get a sweep."
The Petrels will next be in action on Tuesday night, when they welcome in-state opponent LaGrange to Anderson Field at 7 p.m. After that, they'll head to Conway, Arkansas, to take on Hendrix in a 3-game SAA series Saturday and Sunday.