March 10, 2012

Petrels Drop Road Half of Two-Game Series to Berry, 9-4

The Oglethorpe baseball team finished with a split of their two-game series with Berry, losing the road leg of the home-and-home series, 9-4, Saturday afternoon.

The Petrels were basically knocked out of the game early, as the homestanding Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first five innings of the game, including a big four-run third inning.

The Petrels were able to rally back with four runs of their own in the sixth inning. Singles by second baseman Jake Spear and right fielder Cory Leff, sandwiched around a Berry error, loaded the bases for designated hitter Joe Parillo, who has been coming through with big hits all year. He continued that trend with a grand slam down the left-field line, cutting the Berry lead to three runs.

However, the Vikings scored runs in each of the next two innings and Oglethorpe was unable to put another run across.

Starting pitcher Josh Morgan suffered the loss for the Petrels, falling to 1-2 on the season. He allowed four earned runs on five hits over three innings of work.

Parillo had an excellent game for the Petrels, going 3-for-4 with the grand slam. Spear was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

The loss drops the Petrels to 6-8 on the season. They will next be in action Tuesday, when they will make up a previously scheduled game against Covenant that was rained out earlier in the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Anderson Field.

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