The Oglethorpe baseball team fell to former SCAC rival DePauw on Wednesday night, losing a hard-fought contest, 7-5.
The Petrels fell behind early, allowing three runs on just one hit in the first inning, and then allowing two more in the fifth. The early-inning woes that led to this 5-0 deficit eventually cost the Petrels the game.
They allowed an additional run in the fourth to fall behind further, 6-0, then began to come back in the fifth. With one out, center fielder Hunter Riley got aboard with an infield single, only the Petrels' second hit of the game to that point. Left fielder Nick Manai reached base next on catcher's interference, setting second baseman Jake Spear up with runners at first and second. Spear singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Riley and moving Manai to second. Right fielder Cory Leff loaded the bases with another single, and designated hitter Joe Parillo drove in Oglethorpe's second run of the game with a single of his own. However, on the play, the Petrels were caught with two men at the same base, effectively killing any further rally.
Oglethorpe came back in the sixth, though. The Petrels loaded the bases with nobody out on a Joey McAlpin single and walks by Frank Sarno and Riley. They used an RBI groundout by Manai and a sacrifice fly by Spear to pull within two, 6-4.
They missed an opportunity to get more, however, and DePauw added an insurance run in the eighth. In the bottom half, Oglethorpe put runners on the corners, and Spear doubled down the left-field line, getting the run back and putting runners on second and third. The Petrels again falied to get more, though, and got nothing going in the ninth.
Cody Campbell suffered the loss, dropping to 1-1. He had a very tough outing, lasting only 1/3 inning, allowing three runs, a hit and four walks.
Jake Spear was the big offensive star of the night for the Petrels, going 2-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly, a walk and three RBIs. Manai also had a good night, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The loss drops the Petrels to 7-15 on the year. They will next be in action on Saturday, when they will be on the road at Sewanee for an all-important SCAC series. The Saturday doubleheader will get underway at noon, with a single game to be played on Sunday. The Petrels are 1-2 in SCAC play thus far this season.