FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The SwampDogs struck first but couldn’t maintain the lead or push across key runs in the middle innings, falling 4-2 to the High Point-Thomasville HiToms Saturday night.
The SwampDogs opened the scoring in the second inning on a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Dan Neff but could not make the inning bigger before the HiToms took the lead for good in the third.
A two out, two run triple by Derek Scheible (Texas State) gave the HiToms a lead they would never relinquish. A two out bunt single by Drew Frederic (Troy) sparked an insurance run in the fourth and Myles Kutcher (Oswego State) added a solo home run in the seventh as the HiToms made the most of their six hits against SwampDogs’ starter Mike Austin (UMBC).
Despite Austin being in command for much of the game, he was pitching from behind as the SwampDogs offense missed opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings to push across runs.
The HiToms bullpen was stellar, working six innings of relief without allowing a run and stranding six SwampDogs on the bases.
Reid Clements (Middle Tennesse State) worked out of two jams to earn the win and improve to 1-0. Austin takes the hard luck loss to fall to 2-1. Austin Reich (Northwestern State) pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Jacob Greco (Upper Iowa) scored both of the SwampDogs runs.
The SwampDogs wrap up the home stand Sunday with a special 5:05pm start for Father’s Day at The Swamp powered by Lumbee River EMC. All fathers are invited to play catch with their kids on their field after the game.
Purchase tickets by calling 910-426-5900, or learn more by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.
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 90 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 www.goswampdogs.com 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 www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.