Heavy-hitting Hawk to soar with the Dogs

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are pleased to announce they have added another power bat to their lineup in the form of Chowan University infielder Tanner Woods.

Woods, a sophomore from Newport News, Va., has been one of the best hitters in the Hawks lineup this season, hitting .338, with four home runs and a team-leading 12 doubles, despite missing 11 games. Woods also boasts 15 walks and 26 RBIs, the second- and third-best marks on the team, respectively.

Arguably, Woods’ finest game of his sophomore season came on March 22nd at Virginia State University, where he went 2-4, scoring twice, and driving in five runs with a double and a home run.

After a freshman season in which he batted .301 for Chowan in 2014, Woods was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-CIAA third baseman, and First Team All-Rookie CIAA third baseman.

The Chowan Hawks are 19-19 on the 2015 season, and are 9-7 in conference play. The Hawks play in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in Division II of the NCAA.

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 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.

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 76 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.