The Oglethorpe baseball team started their season in style Friday evening at Anderson Field, blanking the Covenant Scots 5-0 and getting an outstanding debut from freshman right-hander Jonathan Haab, who didn't allow a run in six innings of outstanding work. He struck out nine Scots and scattered three hits en route to his first career victory.
The Stormy Petrels pounced on in-state foe Covenant in the bottom of the first, scoring a pair of runs and jumping out to a two-run lead. Senior transfer Jacob Gassert drove in junior transfer Austin Jackson with a run-scoring single after the latter reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Sophomore catcher Alec Babb followed with a double into the right-center field gap scoring Gassert, and the Petrels had an early 2-0 advantage.
Haab gave up two of his three hits and committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the first inning, but escaped the jam by inducing a lineout double play. He then allowed a pair of Covenant baserunners in the second on his lone hit batsman and one of his two walks, but stranded both. He breezed through the remaining four innings of his outing after that, not allowing a Scot past first base during that time.
Junior left fielder Sam Buchanan scored on a balk in the second inning to make it 3-0, but the Petrel offense was also unable to get much going in the middle innings. They broke the game open in the seventh, though. Both Jackson and freshman second baseman Billy Finch reached to lead off the inning, then senior first baseman Andrew Mink walloped a screaming line drive off the wall in left to drive both runners to the plate and make it 5-0.
Petrel relievers Dylan Childress and Chris Keane closed it out from there, allowing a combined one hit in three innings of relief work.
The 1-0 Petrels will face off against the same Covenant team on Saturday when they make the return trip to Lookout Mountain to take on the Scots in a doubleheader. Game 1 will get started at noon, with Game 2 to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.