FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have added another potent bat to their already fearsome lineup in the form of infielder Austin Upshaw from Kennesaw State.
Upshaw, a Buford, Ga. native, has been tearing the cover off the ball playing for Georgia Perimeter College this year, leading the team with a .423 batting average. That mark ranks 31st in the nation among NJCAA Division I players. Upshaw has signed a letter of intent to transfer to Kennesaw State at the end of the academic year.
In addition to the gaudy batting average, Upshaw is second on the team in doubles (7) and triples (1), and is tied for the team lead in home runs (2). His .512 slugging percentage is best on the team, and he has drawn nearly twice as many walks (17) this season than times he has struck out (9).
Upshaw bats left-handed and throws right-handed, and can play all four infield positions.
“Austin is without a doubt the best bat [in the state of Georgia],” said Kennesaw State head coach Mike Sansing after getting Upshaw to commit to coming to his program.
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 SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
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 78 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.