The Fayetteville SwampDogs came up short against the Columbia Blowfish, losing 4-1 in South Carolina.
The Blowfish jumped to the early 3-0 lead in the third inning when Zack Smith lined a lead-off double down the right field line and Brandon Burris reached base on a bunt single then stole second base.
That start to the inning guided the Blowfish to a crooked inning and that lead would stand until they added another run in the eighth.
Dogs’ starting pitcher Nick Blackburn threw five innings, allowing three runs and striking out three Fish.
Brian Celsi led the way for the SwampDogs with a 2-for-3 night and an RBI. In the top of the ninth, Fayetteville started a two-out rally with Bill Bereszniewicz, Chase Rader and Chad Whitehead loaded the bases.
Celsi walked home the first run of the game, making it a 4-1 game. With the game in striking distance, Mitchell Kranson grounded out to second base to leave the bases loaded.
Fayetteville is back home on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. to take on the first place Edenton Steamers.