Baseball Drops Second Game at Huntingdon, 12-4

The Oglethorpe baseball team lost the second game of its series at Huntingdon on Saturday, 12-4. The loss drops the Petrels to 0-2 on the season.

Things started out well for the Petrels, as center fielder Vernon Trice reached on an error to lead off the game, advanced to third on a couple groundouts, and scored the team's first run of the season on an RBI single from first baseman Cory Leff.

However, the 1-0 lead was short-lived for Oglethorpe, as the home-standing Hawks scored three runs in the first and two in the second to take a 5-1 lead.

The Petrels answered with a run in the third off a wild pitch after Trice walked and right fielder Nick Manai singled. Huntingdon scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, though, building a 7-2 lead.

Oglethorpe got back into the ballgame with a two-run seventh. With two outs, Manai walked and third baseman Keith Dearden singled through the right side of the infield, setting up runners at first and second. Designated hitter Jeff Brothers followed with a two-run double to the left-center field gap, scoring both runs and drawing the Petrels to within three, 7-4.

However, the Hawks came back in the bottom of the inning with five runs to put the game away, leading to the 12-4 victory.

Brothers had a good day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with the double, two walks and two RBIs. Manai finished 1-for-2, as well, with a walk and a sacrifice bunt.

The Petrels did not have a great day on the mound, as Joey McAlpin suffered the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out two.

The 0-2 Petrels will next take the field tomorrow afternoon, when they will again face Huntingdon in Montgomery, Ala., finishing the three-game series. The game will get started at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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