HAMPTON, V.A. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs (28-16) came back to top the Peninsula Pilots (25-18) in a thrilling game by a score of 11-10.
The SwampDogs trailed the Pilots 8-0 after two innings setting up what appeared to be destined for a long night for Fayetteville.
The SwampDogs though continued to be a resilient bunch that enjoys playing come from behind baseball as Fayetteville started their rally in the 3rd inning.
Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg) began the inning with a leadoff walk followed by an Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina) grounder that bounced off the glove of the Pilots’ second baseman to put two runners in scoring position to open the third frame. Jose Rojas (Miami Dade College) brought home the first SwampDog run of the game on a single up the middle to score Edgette from third. Fayetteville would continue to mount their comeback with 5 more 3rd inning runs. Matt Morrow (Wright State) reached on a fielder’s choice as Edgette scored and Rojas slid into second safely on an errant throw by the short stop. Jayson Neman (Cal State Northridge) doubled off the center-field wall to plate two followed by a Jonathan Allen (San Francisco) two run home run to end the offensive barrage in the third inning to bring the SwampDogs within two.
The game would go back and forth sitting at 9-7 with Peninsula clinging to a two run lead in the 7th inning before the SwampDogs finished off their improbable comeback. Jayson Newman blasted a two-run bomb over the light pole in left field, collecting his 5th homer since the All-Star break and pulling Fayetteville even at 9.
Jay Robinson would enter as a super-sub later in the inning blooping a single into right field out of the reach of the first baseman plating two more runs and giving Fayetteville an 11-9 lead.
Zach Neff would enter the ball game in the 7th inning and strike out 7 while stranding six Peninsula runners in 2.1 innings pitched.
Brett Brooks (LSU-Alexandria) picked up his second win of the season in three appearances moving the reliever to (2-0) on the season.
Paul Hall Jr. (Virginia Tech) dropped to (1-3) giving up two runs in 0.2 innings.
The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Wednesday, July 26 for No More Hurricane Matthew Night against the Wilmington Sharks. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. 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.
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