SwampDogs comeback effort falls short in 6-4 loss to Wilmington

Fayetteville, N.C. – – – The Fayetteville SwampDogs were unable to tally their second straight comeback victory, falling by a score of 6-4 to the Wilmington Sharks Tuesday evening from The Swamp. Fayetteville shortstop Tim Hergert (Missouri Baptist) continued his hot bat leading the ‘Dogs with a 2-for-4 night at the plate and one RBI.

The SwampDogs fall to 2-2 overall, while the Sharks improve to 2-2 to even up their record. The ‘Dogs return to action Monday evening when they close out the three-game stretch versus Wilmington from The Swamp. First is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start with the game being broadcasted on the Coastal Plain League Web Pass.

Six other SwampDog batters tallied at least one hit. Left fielder Jay Robinson (New Orleans) and center fielder Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg) finished 1-for-3, while designated hitter Mike Spooner (Stetson) and catcher Ryan Faircloth (Prince George’s CC) went 1-for-3. First baseman Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) posted a 1-for-5 effort with a run scored and a game-high tying 2 RBIs.

For Wilmington, center fielder Justin Dean (Lenoir-Rhyne) led the contest going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Freshman left fielder Cory Everett (Guilford Tech CC) was 1-for-4 with one run scored and a pair of runs driven in.

The Sharks began the scoring in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 advantage. Wilmington added four more in the visiting half of the fourth inning to extend the margin out to 6-0.

Trailing by its largest deficit of the 2017 campaign, Fayetteville commenced the comeback trail with four unanswered runs with an RBI single from Hergert in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-1. A huge two-RBI double from Newman and a passed ball gave the ‘Dogs offensive life, trailing 6-4 in the bottom frame of the seventh.

Despite multiple opportunities with runners in scoring position, the ‘Dogs were unable to get the timely hits as the visiting Wilmington Sharks held on for the 6-4 victory. SwampDogs right-handed pitcher Nick Ernst (Miami University) allowed two earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched with a game-high tying four strikeouts.

Sharks left-handed pitcher Daniel Johnson (Charleston Southern) got the win, improving to 1-0. SwampDogs starting lefty Peyton Reesman (Pittsburgh) took the loss, falling to 0-1. Right-handed pitcher/first baseman Dominic Cuoci (Saint Joseph’s) earned his second save of the season.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs remain within the friendly confines of The Swamp Monday evening against the Sharks. It will be 80’s/90’s Celebrity Night as we throw it back to the good old days at the ballpark. First pitch at 7:05 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

About the SwampDogs: The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 17th season playing in the Coastal Plain League in 2017. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven 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 the team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoSwampDogs. Be sure to also like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!

About the Coastal Plain League: The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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.