SwampDogs Ground Owls, 3-2

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – It took until the sixth inning for the game’s first run to score, and in the end the Fayetteville SwampDogs defeated the Forest City Owls 3-2 in a pitcher’s duel on Thursday night.

Ryan Stamler (Fr./The Citadel) got the nod for the SwampDogs (1-2) and worked through some challenges to toss 5.2 scoreless innings. Stamler walked only one batter and struck out six, while allowing four hits before getting the hook.

Nolan Mullen (Soph./Furman) relieved Stamler in the sixth and got out of a jam, and tossed a blemish-less seventh inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Alex Liquori (Jr./Kennesaw State) collected a one out single, and stole second base. Two batters and a wild pitch later, Bligh Madris (Fr./Colorado Mesa) drove him home with a single.

The Owls (0-2) would scratch two runs across in the top of the eighth inning against Kent Williams (Soph./Indiana) to take a 2-1 lead. The ‘Dogs would strike back quickly in the bottom half of the inning, when Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) drove home Liquori and Cam Whitehead (Soph./Furman).

Williams got the win, improving to 1-0 on the season, and Reid Howell was tagged with the loss, falling to 0-2. The SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night as they travel to take on the Lexington County Blowfish before returning home Saturday night. It’s the first fireworks extravaganza of the season presented by H&H Homes and Coldwell Banker, and don’t miss the pre-game demonstration by the Golden Knights Parachute Team. To reserve your seats now, call the SwampDogs at 910-426-5900.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.