Hampton, VA-Andrew Yacyk hit a pair of home runs and Evan Fernandez added another to send the Peninsula Pilots over the Fayetteville SwampDogs 16-1.
Yacyk hit a two run shot for his first homer of the year in the bottom of the first to give Pilots’ starter Devin Hemmerich all the run support he would need.
The SwampDogs composed a two-out rally in the third inning against Hemmerich when Frankie Jezioro (Slipper Rock) singled as did Trey Vickers (Wichita State). Pat Donnelly (Lehigh) then roped an RBI double to provide the lone SwampDogs’ run of the game. Hemmerich cruised for five innings, allowing just the run, en route to his first win of the year.
Yacyk added his second home run in the fifth inning to stretch the Pilot lead to five.
SwampDog’s righty, Michael Austin (UMBC) was excellent in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen allowing just the solo home run to Yacyk in the fifth.
Peter Moore falls to 0-2 on the year for Fayetteville.
The SwampDogs fall to 2-4 on the year while the Pilots improve to 5-1.
The ‘Dogs wrap up the road trip Wednesday night against the Petersburg Generals at 7:05pm. The game can be heard online at mixlr.com/fayetteville-swampdogs/
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.