SwampDogs alumni shine at ‘The Swamp’

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Owing to harsh weather conditions in the north, J.P. Riddle Stadium played host this weekend to five NCAA Division III baseball games played by The College at Brockport, Stevenson University, Wesley College, and Frostburg State University.

Frostburg State’s roster featured three members of the 2014 Fayetteville SwampDogs: shortstop Kam Stewart, right-handed pitcher Bennett Schiltz, and left-handed pitcher Clayton Freimuth. Greg Beachy, an assistant coach for the Bobcats, was a pitcher for the SwampDogs in the 2009 season.

The Bobcats played three games this weekend, winning all with help from the former ‘Dogs.

Stewart was an offensive force – collecting four hits, including two doubles, one triple and his first home run of the season. He also scored four runs and added four RBIs while drawing three walks.
Stewart leads all Bobcat regulars in batting average (.441), on-base percentage (.548), doubles (5) and triples (1).

Schiltz and Freimuth started both ends of a Sunday doubleheader with Capitol Athletic Conference foes Wesley College, stymieing the Wolverines’ bats all day.

Schiltz hurled six shutout innings for Frostburg State, scattering seven hits, but without issuing a free pass en route to improving his record to 3-0. Schiltz’ ERA in a team-leading 23.1 innings is a miniscule 0.76.

Freimuth, who spun a no-hitter in his last start against Guilford on February 21st, was dominating for the Bobcats again, tossing 7.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits, but striking out 12 Wesley batters to improve to 2-0 on the year. Freimuth’s ERA is 1.17 on the season, and he has struck out a team-leading 26 batters in 15.1 innings.

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 seven times in the past nine seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven 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 75 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.