March 8, 2013

Baseball Drops Tough One to Rhodes in SAA Opener, 2-1

The Oglethorpe baseball team led 1-0 for the majority of their SAA opener against Rhodes Friday night, but a bad eighth inning undid the Petrels, as they fell 2-1 in a difficult loss.

The Petrels jumped out to their 1-0 lead in the third. With one out, center fielder Vernon Trice drew a walk. The next batter, shortstop Spencer Transue, doubled down the right-field line. The throw to second to try and cut him down skipped away from the Rhodes infielders, and Trice scored on the error. Unfortunately, the Petrels did not score again.

They left men on base in every inning after that, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh. In all, the Petrels tallied 10 men left on base.

After Oglethorpe failed to score in the seventh, the visiting Lynx mounted a rally in the eighth. They got a runner to third with a bunt single, a throwing error and a stolen base, then drove him in with a two-out infield single, tying the game. The next batter followed with a run-scoring double, giving Rhodes the 2-1 lead, which they held onto.

Cory Leff got the start for the Petrels, and he pitched brilliantly. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 7.2 innings, and struck out six. Going into the decisive eighth inning, he was working on a one-hit shutout. However, he went down as the tough-luck loser, dropping to 0-2 on the season.

The Petrels had a quiet night at the plate, but did count three extra-base hits among their five total knocks on the evening. Transue was the only Petrel to register multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. The Petrels struck out 13 times against Lynx pitching.

The loss drops Oglethorpe to 1-9, 0-1 in SAA play. They will be back at it tomorrow, with the second of this three-game series getting underway at 2 p.m. from Anderson Field.

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