FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – For the second straight game, the Fayetteville SwampDogs were engaged in a game filled with late-inning drama, but this time the breaks did not go their way as they fell 6-5 at the hands of the Wilmington Sharks Thursday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
The scoring got started in the top of the second inning, when the Sharks plated four runs against SwampDog starter Alex Siddle (Jr./Southeast Missouri), though only three were earned.
The Dogs would waste no time answering back, getting two of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, when Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) led off the inning by drawing a walk, then scoring on an Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) double. Upshaw would score two batters later when Alex Liquori (Jr./Kennesaw State) doubled him home.
The Sharks struck for another run in the top of the fourth, but a two-run homer by Upshaw and an RBI single by Ki-Jana Madden (Fr./Spartanburg Methodist) knotted the score up at 5-5 after four.
The score kept at 5-5 until the ninth inning when Kent Williams (Jr./Indiana) would yield the winning run.
Williams got the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season, Michael Castellani got the win for Wilmington, improving to 1-1. Matthew Vogel got the save, his third of the season.
The SwampDogs (6-6) are back in action tomorrow night as they take on the Holly Springs Salamanders on the road, before returning home to square off against the Salamanders at “The Swamp” Saturday night on Military Appreciation Night presented by Rick Hendrick Toyota and USAA. The first 500 fans in attendance receive a camo hat courtesy of Rick Hendrick Toyota and Foxy 99. 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 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.