The Oglethorpe baseball team lost its season finale Sunday afternoon at crosstown-rival Emory, 12-6.
The Petrels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Center fielder Vernon Trice led off the inning with a walk. Senior second baseman Jake Spear, playing in his final game for the Petrels, followed with a single to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Right fielder Nick Manai moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, and senior designated hitter Joe Parillo, also playing in his final game, drove in the Petrels' first run with an infield single. Then, shortstop T.J. Schmutz hit into a fielder's choice, but an Emory throwing error on the attempt to cut Spear down at the plate allowed all runners to advance safely, giving the Petrels a 2-0 lead. First baseman Casey Tuttle singled to load the bases, and two batters later, catcher Hunter Riley walked, driving in the third run of the inning for Oglethorpe. They batted around in the inning.
However, the Petrels gave it all back in the bottom of the first. Emory scored four runs in the inning to immediately take a 4-3 lead. Emory scored three additional runs in the second and took a four-run lead.
In the fourth, the Petrels clawed back with a couple of runs. Riley walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Trice hit an infield single to the hole at short. Riley could not advance, but runners were at first and second. Spear grounded out, but advanced the runners, bringing Manai to the plate. Manai came through with a two-run double to left-center, cutting the Emory lead to 7-5.
Emory got another run in the bottom of the inning, though, extending their lead to 8-5, and then added four more in the fifth, breaking the game open, 12-5.
Oglethorpe was able to get a run back in the ninth inning on an Emory error, but they left two men on base to end the game, losing 12-6.
Cory Leff got the start for the Petrels and suffered the loss. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits over four innings. His final record on the season is 1-7.
In their final games as Petrels, Parillo went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, and Spear went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
The Petrels finish the season with a record of 12-28.