FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) had not thrown more than three innings in a baseball game in the calendar year until tossing eight and a third superb innings Monday night in the SwampDogs 7-2 win over the Catawba Valley Stars at The Swamp.
Lahn retired 17 straight Stars, from the end of the first until one out in the seventh, and struck out five. Ahead in the count practically all night, Lahn was backed by stellar defense and constant offense.
Dan Neff (Millersville) cut down a runner at home with an incredibly strong and accurate throw and Tyler Tharp (Virginia Military Institute) made a spectacular diving grab to help Lahn settle in.
Nick Maton (Eastern Illinois) and Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) paced the offense with three hits a piece and Jacob Greco (Upper Iowa) smashed his first homer of the year.
While the contest was non-league, the SwampDogs showcased excellent pitching and defense that will be key as they enter game two of a thirteen game stretch against the Wilson Tobs at The Swamp on Tuesday. First Pitch is at 7:05pm for Star Wars Night at The Swamp.
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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.