The Fayetteville SwampDogs split the double header in Wilson to remain in second place in the East division.
The SwampDogs got off to an early 2-0 start after the first two innings against the Tobs. Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) hit the team’s second triple of the season with two-outs in the first inning to score Mitchell Kranson (California).
Ryan Nagle smashed an RBI double in the second to give the Dogs a two-run lead, but Wilson capitalized in the fifth and sixth to take game one of the double header. After Kevin Archbold (Albany) gave up three hits in the fifth frame, Cody Dix (Francis Marion) entered the game in relief.
Archbold left the game after four and a third innings with two earned runs and four strikeouts. Dix suffered the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) in the final inning.
After Nick Regnier (Eastern Michigan) hit a double to right center, he scored on a Dix throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. Zack Lee (NC Central) advanced to third base on the error and he scored on a wild pitch to give the Tobs a 4-2 victory.
The SwampDogs turned things around late in the second game to give them their fifth victory in the last six games.
Down 5-1 heading into the top of the sixth, the Dogs capitalized on a bases loaded situation with no outs. Tyler Moore (Coffeyville Community College) and Brian Celsi (California) each knocked in a run and Ransom LaLonde (St. Edward’s) capped off the three-run inning with an RBI double.
The Tobs fell apart in the top of the seventh inning to force extra innings. A wild pitch and a passed ball doomed Wilson as Fayetteville scored the game-tying run without a hit.
Fayetteville made Tobs’ pitcher Dillon Frye (NC State) pay in the eighth inning thanks to Ryan Nagle’s (Illinois) RBI single and DJ Hoagboon’s (Albany) first two RBIs since coming back from the disabled list.
Travis Hissong (Wright State) recorded his second win of the season after tossing two and a two-thirds innings of one hit baseball with no walks and six strikeouts. Fayetteville did not allow a walk all game.
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