Dogs Dug By Steamers In Extras

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped an exciting extra-inning contest 6-5 to the Edenton Steamers at J.P. Riddle Stadium Sunday evening.

The Steamers jumped off to a 3-0 lead through three innings, but the SwampDogs answered back to tie the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. The three-run outburst against Steamers starting pitcher Zach Prendergast was highlighted by a two-run triple by Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State).

Ryan Stamler (Fr./The Citadel) was touched up for two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the ‘Dogs would answer back in a big way, when Garrett Gandolfo (Jr./Southeast Missouri) smashed a two-run homer over the right field wall in the eighth inning to even the game at five.

The game remained tied until the top of the 10th inning, when Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) surrendered his first run of the season, setting the stage for an exciting finish.

With two outs and Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) on first base, Upshaw singled to right-centerfield. As the ball was mishandled in the outfield, Orrison scooted around third to try to score the tying run, but Orrison was gunned down at the plate to end the ballgame.

The winning pitcher for the Steamers (18-4) was Dylan Zarosky (2-0), and the loser was Whitley (3-1). Joey Rocchietti recorded his first save of the season.

The SwampDogs (9-10) are back in action at tomorrow night with a double header against the Wilmington Sharks at The Shark Tank in Wilmington. The SwampDogs next home game is Friday, June 26th on Green Night presented by The Re-Store Warehouse. Reserve your tickets now!

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 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.