FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –When the leading hitter in junior college baseball suits up for the SwampDogs this summer, fans in Fayetteville will be very familiar with his name even if they are still learning about him.
Jordan Ding, who’s brother Tyler played for the SwampDogs in 2012, is currently the National Junior College Athletic Association’s top hitter. Ding is coming to the SwampDogs this summer after being third baseman at Pasco Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida in the spring.
Ding is tearing up Junior College Baseball in 2016, leading the nation with a .455 batting average and .531 on base percentage. He is also fifth in the nation with four triples and in the top ten in both runs (7th with 51) and hits (8th with 66). He has at least one hit in 34 of 38 games played. A product of his consistency and excellence this season, he went five for six, scoring four runs and driving in six more on February 13th against Inspiration Academy (Fl.).
Ding is riding an 11 game hit streak entering his team’s final three regular season games and he has hit in 20 of the last 21 games he has played in. In four separate games this season he has tallied at least four hits including on March 19 when he went 5-7, hitting for the cycle and helping power Pasco Hernando to a 21-18 win.
To top off what Ding is currently accomplishing, he has also driven in 40 runs, which is over one per game, and stolen nine bases.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs home opener for the 2016 season is Wednesday, June 1st. 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.