Dogs Take Care of Business At Columbia

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Fayetteville picked up right where they left off on Monday, clobbering the Columbia Blowfish by an 8-1 decision.

It took the SwampDogs less than five minutes to get their bats started. After left fielder Brian Celsi (California-Berkeley) walked in the first inning, his Golden Bear teammate drove him home with an RBI double to center field and Fayetteville jumped out to the early 1-0 lead on the road.

Michael Timm (Wright State) and DJ Hoagboon (Albany) would draw back-to-back walks and the SwampDogs would follow that up by tacking on four more runs with two outs to give them a 6-0 lead after the first half inning.

Jacob Spring (Coffeyville Community College) drove in Kranson with a single to right and John Rooney (Siena) followed up his at-bat with a two RBI double down the left field line. Before his first at-bat as a SwampDog, Adam Walton (Illinois) looked back to Jimmie Davis (UNC-Pembroke) and Ryan Busch (Georgetown) in the dugout and mouthed, “This is my first game in three months. I’m anxious.”

He followed that comment by driving a two-strike count to straight away center field to score Spring and Rooney.

The SwampDogs followed it up with a run in the second after Timm drove Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) to third on a textbook single to right. A few pitches later, Timm took stole second with ease but the throw sailed into shallow center, allowing Gibson to score.

Starting pitcher Garrett Baugh started the evening off extremely strong. He had five strikeouts after two innings of work and the offense helped him cruise to pick up the win. Baugh threw six innings of shutout baseball.

The SwampDogs tacked on one more run in the fifth and Geoff Soja relieved Baugh in the seventh inning and allowed one run to make it 8-1. The Niagara University pitcher would close out the game, tossing three innings and striking out a couple.

The CPL-leading SwampDogs return to Fayetteville Wednesday night for a game against the Wilmington Sharks.