Siddle Terrific in Loss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a heartbreaker 5-3 to the Petersburg Generals Thursday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

SwampDogs starter Billy Elliott (Soph./Pitt.-Greensburg) got knocked around for three runs in his two innings of work, before giving way to Alex Siddle (Jr./Southeast Missouri).

Siddle would be a horse for the SwampDogs, tossing 6.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out eight Generals batters in the process.

The SwampDogs, meanwhile would chip away at the Generals lead with runs in the second, fifth and seventh innings, but couldn’t muster enough to get over the hump.

Elliott got the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year, while the win went to Conner Andrews, who struck out nine in his six innings of work.

The SwampDogs (14-21) hit the road to take on the Lexington County Blowfish Friday night before returning home Saturday for the 9th annual StriKing Out Cancer Night presented by the Cape Fear Valley Health System. For tickets call 910-426-5900.

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 www.goswampdogs.com 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 www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

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