February 21, 2012

Petrels Pound LaGrange, 14-5

In their second meeting with the LaGrange Panthers in four days, the Oglethorpe baseball team turned around the result of the first game, blasting the home team Tuesday night, 14-5. The win improves the Petrels to 2-3 on the season.

Oglethorpe scored all 14 of their runs in innings 3-5, including an eight-run fourth to blow the game wide open. They fell behind 1-0, but found themselves up 14-1 midway through the fifth. The Petrels recovered five doubles in the game, two by catcher Joe Parillo and one each by right fielder Cory Leff, designated hitter Casey Tuttle and second baseman Jake Spear.

In the fourth, the Petrels had the bases empty with two men out before starting the rally. They loaded the bases on singles by left fielder Hunter Riley and center fielder Vernon Trice, and a walk by third baseman Nick Manai. After a run-scoring passed ball, Parillo drove in two with two-run double and Leff drove in another with a double of his own. Two more walks loaded the bases again and a LaGrange error brought in the fifth run of the inning. Shortstop Ryan Grau came through with an RBI single for the sixth run and Riley accounted for the final runs of the huge inning with a two-run single. Tuttle and Spear followed with run-scoring hits in the fifth, as well.

The Panthers began to chip away at the lead a little bit, scoring two in the fifth and two more in the seventh, but it was way too late to affect the outcome.

Parillo finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Riley wound up 3-for-4, as well, with two runs scored and two RBIs of his own, in addition to two walks.

Starting pitcher John Gibbs picked up the win for the Petrels, cruising through six innings of work, scattering seven hits and allowing just three runs. He walked four and struck out three. Gibbs moves to 1-0 on the year.

The Petrels will next be in action Saturday afternoon, when they will host Bates in a doubleheader in what will turn out to be the home opener, due to bad weather. The first pitch will be thrown at around noon.

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