Marlins Slip Past SwampDogs

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.-Despite an early two run lead, the SwampDogs fell behind in the sixth inning and ultimately fell 3-2 to the Morehead City Marlins Saturday at Puck O’Neill Field.

John Luke Curtis struck out the final eight SwampDogs and nine of the ten outs he recorded to seal the win for the Marlins. It was essentially the moment Curtis came into the game that turned the tide for Morehead City. The SwampDogs had a runner on, before Curtis ended the inning with his strike out. Christian Campbell doubled and then scored on a two-out single from Cole Bedford. Curtis earned the win by recording the final nine outs.

The SwampDogs staked the early lead behind starter Mike Austin (UMBC) in the second inning. Dan Leckie (Layfayette College) doubled home a pair of runs after two errors by the Marlin’s defense.

The Marlins struck in the fourth on a two run homer by Chase Chambers to tie the game against Austin.

The loss snapped a three game losing streak for the SwampDogs. The ‘Dogs return home Monday for the first of three straight games at The Swamp. First pitch against the Gastonia Grizzlies is Monday night.

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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 over 100 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 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.