Illinois Players Lift SwampDogs to Victory

The SwampDogs won a big game against the Petersburg Generals 4-2 in front of a large Father’s Day crowd to give the boys momentum for three straight home games. The Illinois boys game to play tonight.

Nick Blackburn (Illinois) pitched a phenomenal seven inning game, allowing just four hits, two runs (both unearned), and striking out six batters in his second win as a member of the Fayetteville SwampDogs. He got run support when it mattered most, too.

After two throwing errors in the first two innings, the Generals took an early 2-0 lead but the Dog went on to strike for four unanswered runs in route to their 11th victory of the season.

Petersburg allowed Fayetteville to score two runs in the fourth inning after their second baseman Brent Turner (Western Illinois) threw a ball in the outfield to keep the inning alive. Ryan Nagle (Illinois) drove in one run that inning to tie the game at two and Nagle finished the night going 2-for-3 with an RBI, run and stolen base.

T.J. Hunt (Monmouth) threw six and one-third innings of quality baseball in his first CPL start for Petersburg despite having a 10.50 ERA entering the night’s game. The SwampDogs would make him pay in the seventh inning when they had a bases loaded situation with one out and Adam Walton (Illinois) slapped a two RBI single into right field to give the SwampDogs a 4-2 lead.

The bullpen would come in to finish the job as Wright State teammates Jack Van Horn and Travis Hissong shut the door with two innings of no-hit baseball and they struck out three batters.

The SwampDogs remain on the heels of the Edenton Steamers for possession of first place in the East and they return to action Monday night at 7:05 EST against the Peninsula Pilots.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 63 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.