WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs were on the short end of an epic contest with the rival Wilmington Sharks 5-4 in 14 innings.
The Sharks capitalized on two walks by Aaron Lesiak (Soph./Presbyterian) in the opening frame to take a quick 1-0 lead, and would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning.
In the top of the fourth, the SwampDogs plated a run when Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) tripled with two outs, then Garrett Gandolfo (Jr./Southeast Missouri) brought him home with an RBI single.
The Dogs fought back in the top of the eighth inning, when pinch hitter Tanner Woods (Soph./Chowan) reached on an error, was sacrificed into scoring position by Ki-Jana Madden (Fr./Spartanburg Methodist) and scored on a Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) double. After a wild pitch, a Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) double scored Roman easily to tie the game at three.
In the ninth inning, the Dogs mounted a threat, with Upshaw leading off with a walk, then advancing to second on a wild pitch. Gandolfo recorded a productive out, grounding out to the right side to advance Upshaw to third. He would be stranded there and the game would head to the bottom of the ninth tied at three. When the Sharks failed to score in the bottom, and we were headed to extra innings.
Nothing was doing for either team in the 10th, 11th, or 12th. In the top of the 13th, however, the Dogs mounted a threat, putting runners on the corners with two outs, but were unable to score.
In the top of the 14th inning Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) smashed a home run with two outs off of Kevin Boswick to put the SwampDogs up 4-3. But the Sharks came storming back in the bottom of the 14th, to win on a sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Jose Hernandez.
The losing pitcher was Zach McKay (Soph./The Citadel), falling to 0-1 on the season. Boswick got the win, improving to 2-2 on the season.
The SwampDogs (9-13) are off Wednesday night before returning to action with a doubleheader at the Petersburg Generals on Thurdsay evening at Petersburg Sports Complex. 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 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.