ATLANTA, Ga. -- Oglethorpe rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth-inning to record an 11-10 come-from-behind victory over the Washington and Lee baseball team on Monday afternoon at Anderson Field.
W&L (0-2) appeared to have completed a rally of its own as the Generals scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 10-6 lead. W&L loaded the bases with no outs as senior second baseman John Ditore (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blancheet) singled, junior rightfielder Anthony Cardona (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Chestnut Hill) followed with a double and senior catcher Will Lewis (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) drew a walk. With one out, senior third baseman Jim Plantholt (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) drove in Ditore with a single and sophomore leftfielder C.J. Thompson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) then drove in a pair of runs with his second hit of the day. Sophomore centerfielder Mike Decembrino (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) capped the scoring with a two-out, two-run double that scored first-year Will Salley (Augusta, Ga./Westside) and Thompson and gave the Generals their first lead since the fourth inning (4-2).
However, the Stormy Petrels (6-1) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth and pinch-hitter Joseph Parillo followed with a homerun to left to lift the home team to the one-run victory.
Cardona, Plantholt, Salley and Decembrino all finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate, as the Generals out-hit Oglethorpe, 21-16. Salley scored three times and tallied his first collegiate homerun, a solo shot in the fourth inning. Decembrino added a pair of doubles and Plantholt finished with two RBIs, as did first-year shortstop Jonathan Stutts (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day).
Sophomore Roger Strong (Spencerport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) started for the Generals and allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. First-year James Dillard (Cos Cob, Conn./Blair Academy) pitched the final 1.1 innings and took the loss.
Andy Farrey led Oglethorpe with a 4-for-5 showing at the plate. He scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. J.J. Rizzo added two hits in four at-bats and also had two RBI. Matthew Cornwell picked up the win (2-0) for the Stormy Petrels.
Washington and Lee will return to the field on Tuesday, when it takes on Emory at 2:00 pm.