FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs pushed their winning streak to three games by playing their most complete game of the year in beating the Morehead City Marlins 9-1 at “The Swamp.”
Jordan Buster (Fr./The Citadel) started the game for the SwampDogs (3-2), and threw five innings, working in and out of trouble, but yielding only one run on four hits. For Buster, it was his first appearance of the year, after redshirting with the Bulldogs.
After the Marlins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the SwampDogs didn’t waste a lot of time striking back, scoring four runs in the fourth inning off of Marlins starter Colton Hathcock. The first two runs of the inning scored on wild pitches with a man on third, and Tanner Woods (Soph./Chowan) delivered the big hit with a two-run double to right-center.
With the score 4-1, the SwampDogs would add insurance runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two more in the eighth to make it 9-1. Nolan Mullen (Soph./Furman), Kent Williams (Jr./Indiana) and Austin Mason (Jr./The Citadel) combined for four innings of shutout relief to seal the victory.
Buster (1-0) got the win for the SwampDogs, and Hathcock (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Morehead City. The SwampDogs are back in action Tuesday night as they host the Wilmington Sharks at 7:05 pm. It’s Special Olympics Night at “The Swamp,” so come out to celebrate local athletes as the torch passes through the All-American City. To reserve your seats now, call the SwampDogs at 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.