FLORENCE, S.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs split a doubleheader with the Florence RedWolves Saturday evening at Sparrow Stadium, winning the first game 10-7, and dropping the second 4-1.
Things got off to a fast start for the SwampDogs, by plating a eight runs in the bottom of the first inning. The ‘Dogs scored three against Luke Humphreys at J.P. Riddle Stadium before the game was suspended owing to weather Friday night, and plated five more at Sparrow Stadium against Zac Burke to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
On the mound things went smoothly for the SwampDogs for the first part of the game, with Nick Miceli (Soph./Wesleyan) and Zach McKay (Soph./The Citadel) combining to no-hit the RedWolves through the first seven innings.
Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) scored three runs and had two RBIs, and Garrett Gandolfo (Jr./Southeast Missouri) had a three hit game, collecting an RBI as well.
Miceli (2-0) got the win for the SwampDogs, and Humphreys (2-1) got the loss. Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive, 1) recorded the final out of the game to get the save.
Game number two was more of a pitcher’s duel, with the RedWolves plating a run in the second inning against Zach Wimmer (Soph./USC-Aiken).
The Dogs would be silenced by RedWolves starter Michael Maiocco until the top of the fifth inning, when they would manufacture a run after Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) reached on an error, stole two bases and came in to score on a Chris Lowe (Fr./Indiana) groundout.
The RedWolves came back in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs off of Kent Williams (Jr./Indiana), and in the seven-inning contest the Dogs had one last shot to take the lead.
The Dogs couldn’t muster anything against Tyler Keele in the ninth and had to settle for the split.
Williams got the loss falling to 1-2, while Maiocco got the victory improving to 2-1. Keele’s save was his CPL-leading fifth on the season.
The SwampDogs (9-9) are back in action at tomorrow night against the Edenton Steamers at 5:05 pm at J.P. Riddle Stadium. It’s Father’s Day presented by Lumbee River EMC, so stay after the game and play catch on the field and make memories that will last a lifetime. It’s also a Sunday home game, which means Kids Run the Bases after the game presented by CPI Security Systems! 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 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.