Kranson swings, Archbold anticipates, and Burns delivers
Mitchell Kranson (California) hit a walk-off single in the tenth inning to extend the SwampDogs’ four game winning streak. Kranson finished the night 2-for-5 with a run scored, his team-leading tenth double and 24th RBI.
Ryan Busch (Georgetown) scored the game-winning run on a bang, bang play at the plate. Right fielder Sam Ott (Eastern Michigan) threw the ball in on a rope and Brad Haynal (San Diego State) was a few feet off the plate, but a perfect swiping slide by Busch was too good for the Marlins.
The SwampDogs rushed the field and Kevin Archbold (Albany) and Ben Burns (Georgia State) successfully pied Kranson in the face during the team huddle.
The game was back and forth all night between Fayetteville and Morehead City. It was expected to be a pitcher’s duel between Garrett Baugh (Tennessee Tech, 3-0, 0.87 ERA) and Logan James (Stanford, 2-1, 1.15 ERA).
Kranson struck first in the first inning with a one-out double that was scorched down the left field line and he scored a few batters later on a passed ball.
The Marlins responded in the third when Dylan Brown (East Carolina) led the inning off with his third triple of the season and Ryan Cranmer (Newberry) drove in his 28th run of the year.
Fayetteville regained the lead in the fourth inning as Brian Celsi (California) knocked in Michael Timm (Wright State) on a ball that snuck underneath the glove of shortstop Hayden Jones (South Alabama).
In the sixth, Brown tied the game back up with an RBI groundout to the right side. But the SwampDogs were able to prevail in extras.
Baugh threw five innings of two-run baseball in his no decision. Meanwhile, James hurled six innings of two-hit, two-run baseball. Cody Dix (Francis Marion) picked up his first win of they year after throwing two innings of no-hit baseball and striking out three Marlins.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs will participate in a charity, bowling event on Sunday to benefit the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundations Friends of the Cancer Center. They play a double header on Monday night in Wilson, NC against the Tobs.
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