In the battle for first place, the SwampDogs answer again against the Wilson Tobs and unleash for a 14-4 victory in front of a packed J.P. Riddle Stadium.
Ben Burns threw six strong innings on the mound and struck out three batters while only allowing four hits and one run.
“I just tried to keep the ball low and let my fielders do the work and once the offense got going, it was easy sailing from there,” Burns said.
The Georgia State pitcher consistently varied his pitches and location to keep the Tobs’ hitters off balance all night.
The Tobs struck first in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and then in the next half inning, their starting pitcher Julio Valdez and head coach Austin Love were both tossed after arguing with home plat umpire Clayton Simmons over balls and strikes.
That was the change of the game because Valdez sent down the first seven SwampDogs in order before Fayetteville tattooed the Tobs for six runs in the third inning. Mitchell Kranson finished the evening with a double and two RBIs.
“When you se your guys put up a big inning, you want to get them off the field so they can hit some more. It puts more pressure back on their pitchers,” Burns said.
Owning a 6-1 lead, the Dogs added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and five more in the eighth to coast to their CPL-leading eighth win of the season. Corner infielder Michael Timm and Jacob Spring finished with a team-high three RBIs and Derek Gibson scored three runs during the offensive showcase.
Jimmie Davis surrendered his first runs of the season during the eighth inning, but Jack Van Horn closed the game out with a strong ninth inning to improve to 8-2 on the season.
The SwampDogs head to Wilson, N.C. early Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. EST to take on the Tobs for the fourth time this season.
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