Donnelly Drives ‘Dogs Past Stars

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The SwampDogs overcame an early two-run deficit and responded with runs in four straight innings to defeat the Catawba Valley Stars 6-5 Tuesday night at The Swamp.

Pat Donnelly (Lehigh) paced the offense with three RBIs, including a game-tying, two-run double in the third. Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) spun five and a third innings of relief, continuing his dominance in two outings over the Stars. Lahn has thrown 13.2 innings against the Stars and surrendered just three runs.

Catawba Valley jumped out early with a pair of runs against starter Tyler Hoffman (Frostburg State) and looked to be in command behind starter Jordan Cummings, who did not allow a hit his first time through the lineup.

But the SwampDogs got the offense going with a two-out rally against Cummings in the 3rd and kept the pressure on him until his fifth inning exit.

The Stars had little success against Lahn, but had promising rallies in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, the Stars had runners on first and second before Will Edwards (Chowan) induced an inning ending double play. Will Ziebol (Point) came on in the ninth inning with the tying run on second to nail down the save and preserve the win.

The SwampDogs finish the homestand against the Peninsula Pilots, who hold the Coastal Plain League’s best record heading into the contest. It is Disney/Pixar Night at The Swamp and fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite character.

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About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th 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 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven 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!

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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.