Fayetteville, N.C.— The Fayetteville SwampDogs earned a much-needed momentum boost at The Swamp on Monday evening. Fayetteville center fielder Joshua Crump (Coastal Carolina) blooped a walk-off single into right centerfield to give the SwampDogs an exciting 4-3 victory over the Morehead City Marlins on the Sweet 16th Birthday Celebration for the organization. Fayetteville improves to 13-25 overall and 3-8 in the second half of the CPL East division. Morehead City falls to 18-18 and 4-5 in the second half of the summer season.
The ‘Dogs struck first quickly in the bottom of the first inning as a two-RBI single from Fayetteville designated hitter Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) gave the SwampDogs an early 2-0 advantage.
The Marlins answered with two scores each of their own in the top of the second and third innings to tie the contest up at 2-2. Fayetteville tacked on another run to take back the lead at 3-2 in the bottom frame of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout from Fayetteville first baseman Tyler Tharp (Virginia Military Institute). Morehead City would tie the ballgame again in the visiting half of the seventh inning to knot the contest back up at 3-3.
The CPL East division showdown remained tied heading into the home frame of the ninth inning. The winning Fayetteville rally began with a one-out walk from SwampDog second baseman Hunter Morris (Eastern Illinois).
The SwampDogs were down to their last out of the ninth inning until Fayetteville pinch hitter Logan Corrigan (James Madison) delivered a big-time two-out single to set up runners on first and second with two outs. This would set up for Crump to knock a clutch two-strike base hit and walk-off a hero in Fayetteville.
Mike Austin (UMBC) came in for relief in the top of ninth inning and got the win. He improves his record to 3-4 overall. Marlins right-handed pitcher Jared Datoc (Georgia Tech) took the loss and fell to 0-1.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night at The Swamp to face the first-place Edenton Steamers for Scout Night at the ballpark. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.