FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Some of the finest players to grace “The Swamp” over the past two seasons have come from Southeast Missouri State University. That shouldn’t change this season, as the ‘Dogs have added a fourth RedHawk to their roster in left-handed pitcher Joey Lucchesi.
Lucchesi joins infielders Branden Boggetto and Garrett Gandolfo, and right-handed pitcher Alex Siddle in making the trip from Cape Girardeau, Mo. to the All-American City.
The southpaw from Newark, Calif. has anchored the RedHawks staff this spring, leading the team in wins (7) and ERA (2.87) while striking out 87 batters in 81.2 innings pitched.
Three times this season Lucchesi struck out double-digits, including back-to-back 13 strikeout performances on April 24th and May 1st. Opponents have hit just .194 against him.
The Southeast Missouri RedHawks are 33-21 overall and 22-8 in Ohio Valley Conference play this season. The RedHawks clinched their second consecutive OVC regular season title.
RedHawk players Derek Gibson and Jason Blum have been Coastal Plain League All-Stars for the SwampDogs in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.