FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –The SwampDogs may qualify for “Best in Show” after signing a pair of Retrievers from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Pitcher Mike Austin and utility man Hunter Dolshun will suit up for the SwampDogs this summer, bringing versatility and Division I experience to The Swamp.
Austin, who stands 6-4, 200, is in his first year at UMBC as a redshirt junior. He transferred from Bethune-Cookman where he posted a 3.03 ERA as a sophomore, striking out 19 batters in 32.2 innings. Primarily used as a reliever, Austin also started three games in 2014. Austin can also play the outfield, as he hit .375. In high school, he set school records for hits, runs, and RBIs.
He figures to be an integral part of Head Coach Anthony Williams’ pitching staff with his versatility and experience.
“Mike is an exciting pitcher who transferred this year,” Williams said. “He had to sit out due to transfer rule but should be fresh and ready to compete this summer.”
Dolshun has continued to improve in each of his three seasons with the Retrievers, already bashing a career best four home runs. Dolshun has been consistent at the plate for UMBC while earning playing time because of his versatility and .301 career batting average.
Defensively, he can lineup at first, third, or catcher in addition to time spent as the designated hitter. In his junior season he has grown behind the plate, throwing out 15 of 20 base runners.
“He’s a solid catch and throw guy,” said Williams. “He’s a middle of the order type of bat and should bring consistency to the lineup. Hunter is an All-Conference catcher that helped lead the turnaround to UMBC to help them make the America East Championship Game last year.”
Dolshun figures to be a fixture in the SwampDogs lineup with his ability to play four spots thanks to a solid glove and consistent bat.
The UMBC Retrievers are members of the NCAA Division 1 America East Conference. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is recognized as an honors university also known as a public research university, located in Baltimore, Md. The Retrievers are coached by Bob Mumma, in his fifth season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs home opener for the 2016 season is Wednesday, June 1st. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.
About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th 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 eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six 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 their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and 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 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 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.