WILMINGTON, N.C. – Buck Hardee Field has been kind to the SwampDogs (10-8) this season as Fayetteville continued their domination in Wilmington (6-11) winning their third straight game in as many tries at the home of the Wilmington Sharks 5-2.
As the script was flipped from the previous three games, it was Wilmington that committed 5 errors, while the SwampDogs kept their fielding crisp to end a three-game streak of at least three infield errors per contest.
With Griffin McLarty (College of Charleston) continuing his role as the ace in the SwampDogs rotation, few runs were needed from Fayetteville, however, that didn’t stop the SwampDogs from unloading their bats on the Sharks.
Jameel Edney (Bethune Cookman) provided a timely double in the third inning, sending one back up the middle, scoring Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg) and Matt Morrow (Wright State) to give Fayetteville an early 2-0 lead.
As the rain started to fall with more vigor, the SwampDogs offense continued to pour it on. Braedon Barrett led off the 5th inning with a single and was brought home on a one-out comebacker from Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina) to increase the lead to 3-0. Edney provided another base hit bringing home a SwampDog run home on a throwdown created by Morrow between second and third which allowed Henrickson to score and Edney to advance to second. The SwampDogs would score one more in the three-run 5th inning to take a 5-0 lead that they would preserve the remainder of the game.
McLarty (3-0) tossed seven shutout innings dropping his ERA to 0.85, which remains a team-low amongst Fayetteville starters. The right-hander struck out 10 while giving up just 5 hits and no walks. Colby Lee (South Carolina) took the loss dropping him to (1-2) on the season.
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