Austin’s Gem Falls Short for the Dogs

Fayetteville SwampDogs starting pitcher Mike Austin (UMBC) tossed a gem on the mound Saturday evening as he went seven innings while allowing only two earned runs on six hits and four strikeouts. However, the ‘Dogs fall to the Wilson Tobs by a final score of 4-1 from Fleming Stadium in Wilson, N.C. SwampDogs fall to 14-28 overall and 4-11 in the CPL East division. Tobs improve to 22-21 and 8-8 in the second half of the summer season.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel for nearly half of the ballgame until the Tobs struck first in the bottom of the fifth inning to push across the first run of the contest at 1-0. Wilson tacked on an insurance score in the home half of the sixth to gain a 2-0 advantage.
The SwampDogs got on the board in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from Logan Corrigan (James Madison) scoring Mike Bell (Georgia) from second who led off the inning with a double. Bell finished 2-for-3 on the evening.
Wilson added two more significant runs in the bottom frame of the eighth to take the 4-1 lead. The Tobs would hold on for the win in the top of the ninth.
Fayetteville center fielder Josh Crump (Coastal Carolina) and catcher Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) each had a 1-for-4 stat line. Dolshun also put in work defensively behind the plate as he gunned down two runners at second base.
Wilson relief pitcher Jeff Thompson (Belmont Abbey) got the win and improved his record to 3-3 on the season. Mike Austin took the loss and falls to 3-4 for the SwampDogs. Tobs relief pitcher Tanner Wilt (La Roche College) earned his second save of the season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs will be back in action on Monday, July 25th when they hit the road to face the Martinsville Mustangs in an inter-divisional matchup. First pitch is slated for 7:17 p.m.