March 23, 2013

Baseball Shuts Down Berry, 6-1

The Oglethorpe baseball team got a brilliant pitching performance from senior Emmett Goodman Saturday and rode it to a 6-1 victory over Berry in Mount Berry, Ga.

Goodman allowed just one run and five hits over eight innings, including seven strikeouts on the day. The Petrels picked up four runs in the second inning against the home-standing Vikings, and that would be more than enough for Goodman.

Catcher Jeff Brothers doubled to right to start the inning, then designated hitter Cory Leff walked to put runners at first and second with nobody out. One batter later, third baseman Frank Sarno singled to center, loading the bases for left fielder Will Hanna. He grounded into a fielder's choice where Brother was thrown out at the plate, putting the Petrels in danger of not getting anything out of the inning.

But center fielder Vernon Trice, who has been slumping for most of the season, came through with a big two-out single, scoring a run. Shortstop Spencer Transue followed with another RBI single, and the Petrels got two more RBI singles, as well, from right fielder Nick Manai and second baseman Keith Dearden, four straight RBI singles in all.

After the Vikings came back with a run in the third, the Petrels added a single run in the fourth when Transue hit a one-out double and Dearden came through with his second RBI single of the game, bringing him home.

By that point, Goodman had settled in, and Berry didn't muster many chances for the rest of the game. Oglethorpe got an additional insurance run in the eighth when Trice singled up the middle and Manai doubled down the left-field line, bringing him home.

David Langhan finished the game on the mound for the Petrels, allowing just a hit and no runs in an inning of work.

Manai went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Trice went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Petrels improve to 5-14 on the season with the victory, 2-6 in SAA play. The two teams will complete their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Mount Berry.

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