April 12, 2012

Petrels Sweep Doubleheader from Rust

The Oglethorpe baseball team swept a doubleheader from Rust College at Anderson Field Thursday evening, winning Game 1 13-7 and pulling out Game 2 8-2.

In Game 1, the Petrels got a one-out triple from Nick Manai. He then scored on an error. The Petrels would later get a second run on an error to take a 2-0 lead.

Rust was able to come back and tie the game in the third inning, however, so the Petrels went back to work in the bottom half of the inning. They scored three more runs, with RBI singles by T.J. Schmutz and Manai representing the big blows.

They seemed to put the game away in the fourth, when they parlayed three Rust errors into five runs, taking a 10-2 lead.

Rust stormed back again, scoring five runs of their own the very next inning. But the Petrels were finally able to put the game away in the sixth, scoring three more runs. Two came on run-scoring walks.

Frank Sarno started the game for the Petrels, allowing two runs on four hits through four innings. He walked away with the victory.

Jake Spear was 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

In Game 2, Rust took a 2-0 first-inning lead, but those were the last runs they'd score in the game. The Petrels got a run back in the bottom of the first, then took the lead for good in the second with a three-run inning. Hunter Riley cracked a one-out triple and scored on a Will Hanna infield single. Hanna then stole second and third, and scored on a Rust error. The Petrels would add an additional run on a wild pitch to take the 3-2 lead.

In the third, the Petrels would expand their lead to two runs when Hanna walked, stole both second and third again, and scored on an error again.

The Petrels would go on to add three more runs in the sixth inning, bringing the final scoreline to 8-2.

Joe Parillo, normally a catcher and designated hitter, got the start at pitcher for Oglethorpe. He got the win, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on one hit.

Hanna went 2-for-2 with a walk, four stolen bases and three runs scored.

The wins improve the Petrels to 9-21 on the season. They will next be in action Friday afternoon, when they will complete their three-game series with Rust. The game will get underway at 1 p.m.

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