The Oglethorpe baseball team lost again at Huntingdon on Sunday afternoon, 8-2. The loss makes it a three-game sweep for the homestanding Hawks and means the Petrels start the season 0-3.
Just like on Saturday, the Petrels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Center fielder Vernon Trice singled to leadoff the game, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout. Catcher Jeff Brothers followed with an RBI infield single, scoring Trice and giving the Petrels the lead.
Just like yesterday, though, the Hawks answered quickly. They scored a run in the first to tie it up, then followed with three more in the second, taking a 4-1 lead.
The Petrels hung in the game until Huntingdon scored two runs each in the fourth and fifth, building their lead to 8-1 after five innings.
Oglethorpe scored a single run in the sixth. Right fielder Nick Manai started a rally with a one-out double. Brothers walked, then first baseman Jake Purcell singled to load the bases. Manai scored on a balk to cut the Huntingdon lead to 8-2, but the Petrels left runners at second and third with one out, and then left the bases loaded in the seventh.
Cory Leff suffered the loss in his first start of the year. He allowed eight runs, but only three of them were earned, as the Petrels committed five errors on the day. Leff also allowed seven hits, walked three, and struck out three over five innings of work. Kyle Mitchell and Kolin Zimmer threw a combined three scoreless innings of relief after that, though, allowing a combined three hits and one walk.
It wasn't a great day for the Petrels at the plate, as no Oglethorpe hitter had more than one hit. Manai went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Brothers went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Trice went 1-for-4 with a walk.
The Petrels will next be in action Wednesday evening, when they take on Emory in their home opener at 5 p.m. on Anderson Field.