Baseball Season Opens with a Doubleheader Split at Oglethorpe (Ga.)

Baseball Season Opens with a Doubleheader Split at Oglethorpe (Ga.)

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Oglethorpe baseball team split a doubleheader with a team from the Northeast for the second-straight Saturday at Anderson Field, defeating the visiting Curry Colonels 10-3 in Game 1 and falling to them 7-4 in Game 2. With the results, the Stormy Petrels move to 3-2 on the season.

In Game 1, the Petrels used a six-run second inning to pull away from Curry early, never leading by fewer than four runs after that. The inning started with a two-run homer from shortstop Spencer Transue and continued with a delayed steal of home from left fielder Andre Turnquest.

Sophomore Matt Davis picked up his second victory. He threw six innings and allowed just two earned runs on four hits, striking out five while walking a pair of Colonels. Sophomore Sam Traxler and junior Kolin Zimmer pitched well in relief, going a total of three innings while allowing a total of one hit and shutting Curry out over that stretch.

Transue went 2-for-4 with the home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Senior designated hitter Patrick Kulick went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double of his own.

For Curry, sophomore Nick Crivello (Millville, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI-single in the first inning, and a solo home run in the top of the fourth. Starter Brian Burke (Swampscott, Mass.) took the loss, surrendering seven hits, three walks and seven earned runs in 1.1 innings.

The Petrels struggled offensively in Game 2, managing just five hits over the course of the contest with three of those coming in the bottom of the ninth when the team was trying to claw back from a six-run deficit. Oglethorpe did score three runs in its final at-bat, but they left the bases loaded with the potential winning run at the plate.

Burke drove in three runs in the nightcap, including a two-run single in the third. Senior Kyle Connors (Stoughton, Mass.) went 2-for-4, including a two-run triple in the top of the ninth that gave the Colonels a 6-1 lead. Starter Vincent LoPriore (Boston, Mass.) went 5.1 innings to pick up the win. He gave up two hits and six walks but just one run while striking out four.

Sophomore Dan McBryan suffered the loss, dropping to 1-1 on the season. He allowed four runs on five hits over three innings, walking three Curry hitters. The Petrels did get an excellent relief appearance by junior Joseph Marco, who pitched five shutout innings and allowed just two hits, striking out six Colonels over his 64 pitches. The Petrels couldn't get much going at the plate, but Dearden did have a solid game, going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.