Petrels Swept in Doubleheader by Millsaps

The Oglethorpe baseball team opened their SCAC schedule against new East Division opponent Millsaps on Saturday. The Petrels were swept by the visiting Majors in the doubleheader, losing Game 1 by the score of 5-2 and dropping Game 2 by a 7-2 margin.

The Petrels were simply unable to get runs across at key times during the contests, as they were only able to score in a single inning of each game.

In Game 1, the Petrels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Center fielder Vernon Trice led off with a walk, and was moved to third by a balk and a groundout. That brought catcher Joe Parillo, Oglethorpe's best hitter so far this season, to the plate. He delivered a two-out, two-run homer to right-center field.

However, the Petrels would get two more men on base in the inning, including a man on third, and be unable to bring them home. The Petrels would leave a man on third twice more in the game, and leave a total of nine men on base.

Meanwhile, Millsaps pecked away with a run in each of the next three innings to take the 3-2 lead. After the aforementioned Oglethorpe missed opportunities, Millsaps put the game away with two runs in the seventh (of a scheduled seven).

Cory Leff pitched well, but suffered the loss, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits.

Designated hitter Jeff Brothers was 3-for-4 for the game. Right fielder Nick Manai was 2-for-3, and third baseman Ryan Grau was 1-for-1 with a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base.

In Game 2, the Petrels fell behind 3-0 over the first four innings, but made a comeback in the bottom half of the fourth. Grau led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Right fielder Leff drove him in with an RBI groundout, cutting the Major lead to 3-1. Then with two out, catcher Brothers doubled to the gap in right-center. Left fielder Manai followed with a single up the middle, scoring Brothers and cutting the lead to one.

However, the Petrels would not score again. Millsaps got one of the runs back in the fifth, then put the game away in the seventh and eighth with three more.

David Langhan suffered the loss for the Petrels, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

The losses drop the Petrels to 6-14 on the season, 0-2 in SCAC play. They will next be in action Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., when they will try to salvage a game out of this three-game series with Millsaps at Anderson Field.

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