FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs fell to the Peninsula Pilots 8-1 Wednesday at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
The Pilots got off to a lightning fast start hitting three home runs in the first inning against Josh Covey (Fr./Florence Darlington Tech) to take a quick 4-0 lead.
The SwampDogs plated a run in the bottom of the first off of Matt Outman, when Branden Boggetto (Jr./Southeast Missouri) and Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) hit back-to-back doubles.
From there, Outman would settle in, tossing six-plus innings, allowing just the one run on six hits, while his offense supplied him with insurance runs in the fourth and fifth in the form of solo home runs.
The Pilots would plate two additional runs in the eighth inning against Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) with the help of two throwing errors.
Outman got the win to improve to 3-1 on the season, while Covey got tagged with the loss, falling to 0-2.
The SwampDogs (16-28) are on the road Thursday and Friday before returning home for a two weekend games, the first on Saturday, July 25th against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Christmas in July. Bring a gift donation to the game and receive $2 off the price of admission. For tickets and more info, call the SwampDogs ticket office 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 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!
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.