Purple Eagle to Join SwampDogs

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Niagara pitcher Geoff Soja will join the Dogs in Fayetteville for the 2013 summer season.

Soja recently completed his third season with the Purple Eagles where he led the bullpen with 39.2 innings, a 4.08 ERA 25 appearances, and six saves.

Niagara won just a little more than 30 percent of their games and Soja claimed two of his team’s victories. The 6-2, 210-pound right hander had 32 strikeouts and 17 walks in 39.2 innings of work.

“Geoff is a strong right hander and we are excited to have him on the pitching staff this summer. He will be a great asset for us in the bullpen,” head coach Darrell Handelsman said.

During the 2012 season, Soja took the mound for a team-high 27 games and he was second on the team with 38 strikeouts in 39.2 innings of work. The Fairport, New York native also recorded two saves and held opponents to a .268 batting average.

He pitched in 15 games during his freshman campaign and he was a three-time All-County player in high school and the MVP his senior year back in 2010.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 13th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 62 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).