Salamanders Sink SwampDogs

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs fell to the Holly Springs Salamanders 5-1 Tuesday night at Salamanders Stadium in a contest delayed one hour and 42 minutes at the beginning by rain.

The Salamanders got to Aaron Lesiak (Soph./Presbyterian) in the second inning for a run, and tacked on additional tallies in the third and fifth innings to open up a 3-0 lead.

Leading off the sixth against Chandler Sanburn, Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) blasted the first pitch over the right-centerfield wall to cut the Salamanders lead to 3-1. The homer was the first of the season for Faul, who leads the team in hitting.

Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) relieved Lesiak with one out in the fifth inning, and was his usual stellar self eating up innings for the ‘Dogs, allowing one run in 2.2 innings pitched, striking out 2. Nolan Mullen (Soph./Furman) allowed an insurance run to score in the bottom of the eighth as the Salamanders opened a 5-1 lead.

Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) collected two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest for a SwampDogs player this season.

Lesiak got hung with the loss for the SwampDogs, falling to 1-2 on the season, while Sanburn went 8.2 innings for the Salamanders, improving to 1-0 on the year.

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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 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 and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!

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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.