FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs faced the Holly Springs Salamanders for the first time in franchise history, and emerged victorious in the maiden matchup, 4-2 Friday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
Each team plated a run in the first inning, but it was the SwampDogs who would break the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Tanner Woods (Soph./Chowan) laced a two-run triple to right-centerfield to give the SwampDogs a 3-1 lead. Woods finished the game with 3 RBIs.
Jordan Buster (Fr./The Citadel) started for the SwampDogs, lasting 4.2 innings while allowing the two runs on two hits, issuing three walks and fanning three. He got no decision.
Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) got the win in relief, tossing 2.1 innings of shutout ball, improving to 1-0 on the season. Josh Morgan was pinned with the loss, falling to 0-2. Austin Mason (Jr./The Citadel) recorded a four out save, his third of the season and second in as many days.
The SwampDogs (5-4) are back in action Saturday night with a matchup against the Methodist University Alumni team. It’s also Home Run Math Club Night presented by Fazoli’s, Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, and Bubbas 33; Dog Days presented by North Star Veterinary Hospital; and Kids Run the Bases presented by CPI Security. 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.