The Oglethorpe baseball team was swept Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader that served as the home opener for the Petrels. They lost Game 1 by the score of 7-5 and Game 2 by the score of 6-0. The Petrels drop to 2-5 on the year.
In Game 1, the Petrels fell behind early. They were down 3-0 in the second, but Oglethorpe was able to cut the deficit to 3-1, as right fielder Cory Leff doubled and was driven in with a single by second baseman Jake Spear.
However, Bates would score the next four runs to extend their lead to 7-1. The Petrels were able to mount a rally from that, though. They picked up a run on catcher Jeff Brothers' first home run of the season to cut the lead to 7-2. Then in the sixth, they got three runs to get right back into the game. Center fielder Vernon Trice and third baseman Nick Manai led off the inning with singles and designated hitter Joe Parillo drove Trice in with an RBI double. Leff and first baseman Casey Tuttle followed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout respectively and the Petrels had cu the defecit to just 7-5.
Starter Josh Morgan suffered the loss and fell to 0-1 on the year. Leff was 1-for-2 with a double a sacrifice fly, a run scored and an RBI.
But that was all the runs the Petrels would get. Bates' closer came into the game in the seventh (of a seven-inning game) and shut the Petrels down, and 7-5 proved to be the final tally.
In Game 2 the Petrels were only able to muster four hits en route to being shutout, 6-0. They did have a few opportunities to score, but left nine men on base over the course of the game.
Starter Emmett Goodman suffered the loss in Game 2, falling to 0-2 on the season. Brothers, who was the designated hitter in Game 2, capped off his good day at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double. Overall, he was 3-for-6 with a home run and a double on the day.
With the two losses, the Petrels drop to 2-5 on the season. They will next be in action Wednesday evering at 5 p.m., when they will travel to Demorest, Ga., to take on in-state rival Piedmont.