Gonzalez Shuts Down Marlins as Offense Erupts

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –  The Fayetteville SwampDogs (29-18) let out their offensive frustrations against the Morehead City Marlins (20-24) by a final score of 14-3.

In the second inning with the SwampDogs trailing 1-0, Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) came to the plate with a team-high 37 RBIs on the season. He added three more with a bases clearing double to put the SwampDogs ahead 5-1. Justin Hawkins (Clemson) added to his team-leading home run tally in the 2nd inning as well driving his 8th home run of the year over the centerfield wall to put Fayetteville ahead 7-1.

The SwampDogs offense would not be satisfied until hanging another touchdown on the scoreboard. Fayetteville plated a run in each of the next four innings as well. A sacrifice bunt from Jason Paredes (Hagerstown) would bring home a run in the third inning as Trent Franson (TCU) would score putting Fayetteville ahead 8-1.

Andrew Henrickson would score on an error in the 4th inning, while Austin Edgette and Henrickson would both score on a two-out double from Newman, giving the designated hitter 5 RBIs on the night and putting Fayetteville ahead 11-1.

A RBI single from Henrickson following a sacrifice fly from Paredes would only bolster the stats for Fayetteville’s offense as the SwampDogs would total 18 hits in the 14-run performance.

Joey Gonzalez (Stetson) would match his offensive support going 8 innings while striking out 6 to improve to (3-0).

Marlins’ starter Luke Sleeper (Stanford) would be tagged for 6 runs in 1 2/3 inning pitched falling to (0-2).

The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Saturday, July 29 for Striking Out Cancer Night against the Peninsula Pilots benefitting the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.

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