The Oglethorpe baseball team started off on the right foot Wednesday night on the road against in-state opponent Piedmont, taking an early four-run lead in Demorest. The homestanding Lions responded with a big comeback over the middle innings, though, and defeated the Stormy Petrels 10-4. The loss dropped Oglethorpe to 1-3 on the young season.
Things started well for the Petrels, as they took a 4-0 lead over the opening two innings. They got a couple aboard with one out in the first when senior center fielder Jacob Gassert singled and senior first baseman Andrew Mink walked. The two advanced on a double steal and then, after a Patrick Burnette walk, sophomore catcher Alec Babb drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Freshman designated hitter Sebastian Lopez came up next and singled home Mink to give the Petrels a 2-0 lead. In the second, run-scoring singles from Gassert and Burnette doubled the Oglethorpe advantage.
However, the Petrels didn't score again and the Lions came back with 10 unanswered runs. The home team scored a run each in the third and fourth innings, then followed with five runs in the fifth to break the game open. They then added two in the sixth and an additional run in the eighth.
Senior right-hander Caleb Feibus suffered the loss in relief, falling to 0-2 on the season. He allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in the five-run fifth.
Junior shortstop Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 on the night with a walk and a stolen base, while Lopez went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Burnette went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
The Petrels will be back in action on Friday when they welcome No. 13 Christopher Newport to Anderson Field at 5 p.m. That start time has been pushed up two hours from the previously scheduled 7 p.m. due to forecast rain.