Bullpen Shines as Dogs Grounded by Pilots

The G&E Bullpen Car in action at "The Swamp." Photo credit: Wanda West/East to West Photography.

The G&E Bullpen Car in action at “The Swamp.”
Photo credit: Wanda West/East to West Photography.

HAMPTON, Va – The Fayetteville SwampDogs bats never quite got going Sunday night, as they fell to the Peninsula Pilots 8-0 at Peninsula War Memorial Stadium.

The Pilots got things going early against SwampDogs starting pitcher Ryan Stamler (Fr./The Citadel), plating two runs in the second inning on the strength of back-to-back run-scoring singles from Connor Myers and Skyler Weber.

The Pilots struck for four more off Stamler in the third, before he was pulled in favor of Nick Miceli (Soph./Wesleyan) who stopped the bleeding.

Miceli pitched 5.2 innings of long relief, allowing two runs (one earned) and two hits, walking one and striking out seven. Taylor Edens of the Pilots was equally as good on the mound, allowing only one hit in his six innings of work.

Edens would earn the win, improving to 2-0 on the season. Stamler was pinned with the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) had a single to extend his hitting streak to five games.

The SwampDogs (5-5) are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to take on the Morehead City Marlins at 7:05 pm. The next SwampDogs home game will be Tuesday, June 9th on Hope Mills Night when the ‘Dogs host the Petersburg Generals. Reserve your tickets now by calling 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 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball.

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.