FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a heartbreaker to the Lexington County Blowfish 8-6 in 13 innings at J.P. Riddle Stadium Monday night.
Trailing at points by scores of 5-1 and 6-3, the SwampDogs clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when Trevor Bradley of the Blowfish hit two batters in a row with the bases loaded.
With the game tied at six, the game turned into a chess match between the head coaches Zach Brown of the SwampDogs and Jonathan Johnson of the Blowfish. The game remained tied at six until the top of the 13th inning, when the ‘Fish finally broke through against Zach McKay (Soph./The Citadel) for two runs.
Tyler Kimbrell struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to seal the victory for the Blowfish.
Offensively, Ki-Jana Madden (Fr./Spartanburg Methodist), Alex Liquori (Jr./Kennesaw State) and Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) each had three-hit games.
The SwampDogs (13-20) continue their home stand on Tuesday on Superhero and Villain Night as the SwampDogs host the Wilmington Sharks at 7:05 pm. For tickets call 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.