Bats Power Dogs to Victory

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs defeated the Wilmington Sharks 9-2 at J.P. Riddle Stadium on Tuesday night.

The bats got broken out in the second inning, when Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) slammed a 3-2 fastball from Cody Tyler over the left field wall for a three-run home run, his third dinger of the season.

The ‘Dogs would tack on four more in the bottom of the third inning, with the big hit being a two-run single from Carson Waln (Soph./Wofford) to put the team up 7-1.

Meanwhile, Joey Lucchesi (Jr./Southeast Missouri) was on cruise control, going 5.2 innings allowing just one run on four hits, striking out seven and not issuing a walk. Lucchesi got the win to improve his record to 1-1 through his first two starts of the summer.

The SwampDogs would tack on insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while the Sharks scored in the seventh inning when Jae Roberts homered off of Zach McKay (Soph./The Citadel).

Standout offensive performances for the SwampDogs included Branden Boggetto (Jr./Southeast Missouri), who had two doubles and an RBI; and Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) , who notched two RBIs to bring his season total to a team-leading 18.

Alex Siddle (Jr./Southeast Missouri) struck out the side in order in his one inning of relief work.

The SwampDogs (14-20) continue their home stand on Wednesday on Summertime St. Paddy’s presented by Healy Wholesale as the SwampDogs host the Catawba Valley Stars at 7:05 pm. The first 500 fans 21 & over receive a pint glass courtesy of Healy Wholesale and Foothills Brewing Company. For tickets call 910-426-5900.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six 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 and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.