Baseball Loses in Birmingham, 11-4

The Oglethorpe baseball team dropped its first SAA road game of the season Friday night, falling to Birmingham-Southern, 11-4. The Petrels committed four errors in the game, and allowed a whopping 10 unearned runs.

The Petrels jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of this one. Right fielder Nick Manai reached on an error and designated hitter Cory Leff drove him in with an RBI double to give the Petrels an early lead. Catcher Jeff Brothers immediately followed with an RBI single to center that scored Manai and gave the Petrels a 2-0 lead.

The home-standing Panthers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, then took a one-run lead in the third. However, Oglethorpe took the lead back in the fourth inning. Brothers started with a double down the left-field line, and first baseman Casey Tuttle followed with a double down the right-field line, scoring Brothers and tying the game 3-3. Left fielder Will Hanna sacrificed Tuttle to third. Then, with two outs, third baseman Keith Dearden delivered an infield single to give Oglethorpe the 4-3 lead.

Unfortunately, things unraveled for the Petrels in the bottom half of the inning, as they allowed the Panthers five unearned runs and fell behind 8-4. They didn't have a man reach base after that, and Birmingham-Southern scored three more in the seventh for good measure.

All of the unearned runs did a number on the Oglethorpe starting pitchers. Petrel starter Cory Leff did allow 10 hits over six innings, but he didn't allow a single earned run. He did, however, allow eight unearned. He suffered the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the season. Justin Thigpen followed by allowing three runs in an inning of work on three hits, but only one of those was earned.

Brothers had the best day at the plate for the Petrels, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. 

The loss drops the Petrels to 2-11 on the season, 1-3 in SAA play. They will continue the three-game series with Birmingham-Southern tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern, and will conclude the series at the same time Sunday afternoon.

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