HAMPTON, V.A. – The SwampDogs entered War Memorial Stadium sitting a half-game behind the Peninsula Pilots in the East Division standings prior to Monday night’s meeting. By the time the SwampDogs returned to the hotel, they had surpassed the Pilots, now sitting just a half-game behind the Edenton Steamers in the East Division.
The SwampDogs offense didn’t take long to get started as Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina) drove himself into scoring position with a lead-off double in the 1st inning, eventually scoring on a passed ball to give Fayetteville an early 1-0 lead.
Matthew Schneider (Buffalo) would tie things up with solo home run in the bottom of the first inning off of Fayetteville starter Zach Neff (Austin Peay).
The Pilots would tack on another run, this one unearned to make it 2-1, with Peninsula taking that lead in the 3rd.
In the 7th, the SwampDogs gave up another unearned run increasing the Peninsula lead to 3-1.
The SwampDogs would head into the 9th inning down 3-1, before storming back to take a 4-3 lead in the 9th. Matt Morrow (Wright State) would tie up the game in the 9th with a 2-run 2 RBI single with 2-outs in the inning. An unearned run put the SwampDogs on top for good as Fayetteville topped the Pilots 4-3.
The SwampDogs return to The Swamp on Wednesday for Super Hero night against the Morehead City Marlins. First pitch is at 7:05 with the gates opening at 6. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier 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 over 1,400 alumni drafted and 98 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.