FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Behind a great pitching performance from Will Bice (Fr./Kennesaw State), the Fayetteville SwampDogs defeated the Catawba Valley Stars 5-3 in a 7-inning, weather-shortened affair Wednesday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
The SwampDogs got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning when C.J. Needam (Jr./Mount Olive) collected an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Jeremy Coburn. Two batters later Tanner Woods (Soph./Chowan) laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Needam and put the ‘Dogs ahead.
In the third inning, the SwampDogs got a two out double from Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville), who attempted to steal third, and when the throw from catcher Chris Brown sailed into left field, scampered home to make it 2-0.
The Stars would get all their offense in the fifth inning, when Bice allowed three runs, though only one was earned.
Bice was the winner for the SwampDogs, pitching five innings allowing the runs on five hits, walking two and striking out six.
As he left with a 3-2 deficit, the SwampDogs offense picked him up the win in the bottom of the fifth by countering with a three-spot of their own against Coburn.
Ryan Stamler pitched the final two innings of the game to earn the save.
The SwampDogs (14-20) complete their home stand on Thursday on against the Petersburg Generals on the 11th Annual Family Fun Night and Fun-Go Bobblehead giveaway powered by Bob 96.5 FM. The first 500 fans will receive the one-of-a-kind 2015 Fun-Go Bobblehead. 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 www.goswampdogs.com 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 www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.