6th Inning Rally Sparks SwampDogs Comeback Win

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs (23-13) used two late-inning rallies to top the Wilmington Sharks (18-19) for the 6th time as visitors this season by a score of 7-6.

The SwampDogs trailed 5-0 heading into the 6th inning before rallying to tie things up. Trent Franson (TCU) started the inning with a RBI single scoring Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge). Brett Helmbrecht (Coppin State) drove a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the deficit to 3 scoring Matt Morrow (Wright State). Austin Edgette plated Franson with a two-out base hit before Andrew Henrickson reached on an error following a wild pitch to tie up the game at 5 during his appearance at the dish.

The SwampDogs would take their first lead of the game in the 7th inning on a Franson base hit into right field that scored Justin Hawkins and gave Fayetteville a 6-5 lead. 

The Sharks tied things up with a sac fly to center field in the bottom half of the inning before Griffin McLarty (College of Charleston) entered replacing Joey Gonzalez (Stetson) who went 6 2/3 innings giving up 10 hits and 6 runs, 3 of which were earned. 

The tie would hold at 6 heading into the ninth inning before the SwampDogs would take a 7-6 lead on a Helmbrecht groundout that scored Jayson Newman. 

McLarty would take the victory, his 5th of the season to tie Zach Neff for the team lead. Evan Brabrand (NC State) would take the loss falling to (0-2). 

The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Friday, July 14 for Hoe-Down Throw-Down presented by Agri Supply of Lumberton against the Edenton Steamers. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.

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