FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Despite scoring first on the road and solid pitching, the SwampDogs could not stop timely Tobs hitting, falling in Wilson 3-2 on Friday.
The SwampDogs struck first in the fourth inning after Pat Donnelly (Lehigh) led the inning off with a single. Tyler Tharp (VMI) delivered a two out single to take the lead.
Wilson answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. That allowed Tobs’ starter Evan Nations to settle down and complete six innings of work.
The SwampDogs tied the game against reliever Brandon Elmy in the seventh when AJ Gallo (Towson) drove in Nick Maton (Eastern Illinois). But Wilson answered again in the bottom of the seventh with a run to take the 3-2 lead.
Elmy pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to earn the win and improve to 1-0. SwampDogs starter Cody Smith (Chowan) pitched well in sixth and a third innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight, but was saddled with the loss to fall to 0-2.
The SwampDogs return home for All About Buds Presented by RA Jeffreys and Dog Day at the Park at 7:05pm.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.
About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.