MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The balls were flying Thursday night as the Fayetteville SwampDogs got their revenge on the Morehead City Marlins, winning 9-3.
After a slugfest on Monday won by the Marlins 16-8, the wind was blowing out again at Big Rock Stadium, as the Marlins connected on two home runs in the first inning off SwampDogs starter Nick Miceli (Soph./Wesleyan).
Those would be the only two runs allowed on the night by Miceli, as he settled down to get through 4.1 innings, allowing four hits, striking out five and walking six.
Meanwhile, the SwampDogs offense exploded for four runs in the third against John Henry Styles, who would be charged with six runs in three-plus innings of work.
The SwampDogs would hit a pair of home runs on their own; with Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) blasting his first of the year – a three-run shot – in the fourth inning, and Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) poking a solo shot in the fifth. Orrison’s homer was his second of the year. Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) had a pair of hits, to push his hitting streak to seven games, and recorded two hits for the fourth time in five games.
In the top of the eighth, the SwampDogs would add an insurance run when Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) grounded a into a fielder’s choice, scoring Carson Waln (Soph./Wofford). Waln had a three hit game with two RBIs, while Roman collected two hits and the one RBI on the night.
Ross Gardner (Fr./East Carolina) was stellar in relief of Miceli, being touched up for just one run on Stephen Wallace’s second home run of the night in the eighth inning.
For the night, Gardner went 4.2 innings to get the win in relief, improving to 2-0 on the season. Styles got the loss, falling to 0-2.
The SwampDogs (13-17) return home for a July 3rd matchup with the Holly Springs Salamanders at 7:05 pm. The game will be followed by the famous Honoring America Fireworks Tribute presented by Hendrick Chrysler Jeep Fiat, USAA and Disaster One! Only a handful of box seat tickets are left, so get yours 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 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.