April 1, 2012

Petrels Get Huge Comeback Win at Sewanee

The Oglethorpe baseball team scored eight runs in the final six innings of their game at Sewanee Sunday, pulling out a 10-9 victory in 10 innings and salvaging a game from the three-game series.

Just like in the previous two games of the series, Oglethorpe jumped out to an early lead. The Petrels scored single runs in the second and third innings. However, also just like in the previous two games of the series, Sewanee came back. They scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, then three more in the fourth to extend their lead to four runs, 6-2.

The Petrels began their comeback right away in the fifth. Hunter Riley walked and Vernon Trice doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Cory Leff singled them both home, cutting the Sewanee lead to 6-4.

In the seventh, Trice walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jake Spear then stepped up and singled him home, pulling the Petrels to within a single run. He would later score on an error, tying the game for Oglethorpe.

In the eighth, Sewanee scored two runs to take the lead back. They needed only three outs to secure the victory and a series sweep.

Oglethorpe started the ninth inning well, getting a Leff double and a Parillo walk to put runners at first and second with nobody out. TJ Schmutz came through one batter later with a double, scoring one run and putting the tying run at third. With one out, Ryan Grau came through with a run-scoring groundout. For the second time, Oglethorpe had come back to tie the game.

The Petrels stranded a Sewanee baserunner at third in the bottom half, sending the game to extra innings.

In the 10th, Sewanee got the first out. but Spear followed with a single. Then Leff cracked a two-run homer, giving the Petrels the lead for the first time since the third inning, 10-8.

Sewanee was able to score a run in the bottom half, but Schmutz was able to hold on for the save, leaving the bases loaded. He pitched an inning and walked two, but did not allow a hit or a run.

Joey McAlpin picked up his first career win in relief, allowing three runs on five hits through three innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Leff had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-6 with the game-winning home run, a double. four RBIs and two runs scored.

The win improves the Petrels to 8-17 on the season, 2-4 in SCAC play. That is currently good for a third-place tie in the East Division with Rhodes and Sewanee. The top three teams in each division advance to the SCAC Championship at the end of April. The Petrels will travel to Memphis next weekend to take on Rhodes in a hugely important three-game series. The Saturday doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. and the single Sunday game will begin at 2 p.m.

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