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Petrels sneak past baseball for 10-9 win in Atlanta

Jake Simon '11 clubbed his second home run of the year, and has 10 RBIs through seven games thus far. (File photo)

ATLANTA -- Oglethorpe University came from behind with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Bates College baseball team 10-9 on Thursday.

Bates (2-5) scored in five different innings of the game against the host Petrels (5-7), including two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, three in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Oglethorpe got its first lead at 6-3 with five runs in the fifth, then lost it when Bates plated three runs in the seventh.

Oglethorpe loaded the bases in the ninth on two walks and a hit batsmen. Jeff Brothers then drew an RBI walk, and Matt Cornwell came home with the tying run on a wild pitch. After Cory Leff was intentionally walked to reload the bases with Petrels, Joseph Parillo singled up the middle for the game-ending run.

Bates took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth when senior Pat Murphy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored senior Noah Burke (Appleton, Maine) with a single down the line. Murphy stole second base, one of four steals in the game for the captain, then scored on senior Noah Lynd's double to right center.

After Oglethorpe took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth, on Brendan Pilger's three-run home run off of Bates senior starting pitcher Paul Chiampa (Pembroke, Mass.), the Bobcats closed the gap to 6-5 in the top of the sixth. Noah Burke's double down the right-field line scored senior Jake Simon (Waterford, Conn.), who had led off with a single, and sophomore Ryan Sonberg (South Windsor, Conn.), who had walked.

Simon blasted a three-run home run to left field in the seventh to put the Bobcats back on top, the second round-tripper of the season for the All-NESCAC player. The homer scored Murphy, who led off with a single, and Lynd, who followed with a walk.

Bates manufactured an insurance run in the eighth, when Noah Burke was hit by a pitch, stole second base, advanced to third on senior Chris Burke's (Andover, Mass.) groundout, and scored on a single to left by Murphy. The run put Bates ahead 9-7.

Murphy went 3-for-5 on the day, stealing four bases, scoring three runs and driving in two more. Lynd was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Simon was 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs, and Noah Burke scored a pair and drove in a pair. Junior Mike Ciummei (Acton, Mass.) had a 2-for-4 day.

Bates plays a doubleheader at Berry College in Rome, Ga., tomorrow, followed by a second doubleheader at Berry on Saturday.

BOX SCORE: Oglethorpe 10, Bates 9