Baseball splits SAA opening doubleheader with Rhodes

Baseball splits SAA opening doubleheader with Rhodes

The Oglethorpe baseball team split a doubleheader with Rhodes to start the SAA season on Saturday, winning the seven-inning second game 7-2 after falling 10-3 in Game 1. With the results, the Stormy Petrels moved to 3-7 on the season overall and 1-1 in SAA play.

Rhodes jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first inning of the second game, picking up where they left off with Game 1. However, the Petrels responded with a two-run single off the bat of senior left fielder Jacob Gassert in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game. They added on more in the second inning when they drew consecutive bases-loaded walks, edging ahead 4-2. 

Sophomore right-hander Devlin Basinger had a good start, going 4 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He wound up with the victory.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, the Petrels brought junior right-hander Dylan Childress in to pitch. He got out of the jam, allowing his team to maintain their 4-2 lead. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Oglethorpe exploded for three runs, all but putting the game away. Freshman shortstop Billy Finch started the inning with a leadoff single and senior right fielder Patrick Burnette followed with an RBI double into the gap in left-center. The Petrels proceeded to load the bases and brought sophomore catcher Alec Babb up. He cracked a two-run single to right to give Oglethorpe the 7-2 lead.

Childress closed the Lynx out in the seventh inning to pick up the save.

Burnette and junior second baseman Austin Jackson both went 2-for-3 in Game 2. Jackson collected a pair of doubles while Burnette recorded a two-bagger and a pair of stolen bases.

The Petrels hung in early in Game 1, but the Lynx scored five runs in the eighth to put the game away. Rhodes tallied one each in the second and fourth innings, but the Petrels responded with a run in the bottom half of the fourth on a double to the left-center field gap by junior first baseman Jack Bartlewski. Rhodes added individual runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, though, then scored five runs in the eighth. The Petrels answered with single runs in the sixth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough.

Freshman righty Jonathan Haab got the start and suffered the loss. He went six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out six. Burnette went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

The Petrels will be back in action bright and early Sunday morning, as they return to Anderson Field at 10 a.m. to take on the Lynx in the final game of the three-game set.