FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—For the second straight night, the Fayetteville SwampDogs fell behind early. For the second straight night, a late rally was not enough as the SwampDogs fell 13-8 at home to the Morehead City Marlins.
Three unearned runs put starter Nick Yobbi (USC-Aiken) into some uncomfortable spots early before the Marlins chased him from the game in the third with an eight run frame.
The SwampDogs offense hung around and pushed across a pair of runs in the third against Marlins’ starter Anthony Morris (St. Thomas Aquinas). But Fayetteville never recovered from the early deficit despite a five run sixth inning and pulling within three runs after seven innings. In what was almost a miraculous comeback, the SwampDogs had the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.
Hunter Dolshun (Maryland, Baltimore County) powered the offense with a 3-4 evening driving in a run and scoring twice. Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) added two hits at the plate and two scoreless innings in relief to help the ‘Dogs stay within striking distance.
Morris earned the win after five innings of two run ball for the Marlins to improve to 1-0. Yobbi is saddled with the loss and falls to 1-1 on the year.
The two teams finish a home-and-home series in Morehead City Friday night at 7:05pm.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or 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 six 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.