HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a lopsided contest to the Holly Springs Salamanders 13-8 at Salamanders Stadium in Holly Springs Friday night.
Chris Lowe (Fr./Indiana) cracked his first home run of the season for the SwampDogs, pouncing on a 1-1 pitch leading off in the fourth inning. Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) contributed two doubles, and Mike Deese (Jr./The Citadel) contributed three RBIs.
The SwampDogs scored five of their eight runs in the ninth inning against Salamander infielder Xyruse Martinez, placed on the mound in the frame. The big hit of that inning was a three-run home run by Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State), his second home run in as many games.
Jordan Buster (Fr./The Citadel) got the start for the SwampDogs and surrendered seven runs in 2.2 innings pitched.
Andrew Wantz got the win for the Salamanders, improving his record to 1-0 on the season, Buster was tagged with the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year.
The SwampDogs (6-7) are back in action tomorrow night as they take on the Holly Springs Salamanders at “The Swamp” Saturday night on Military Appreciation Night presented by Rick Hendrick Toyota and USAA. The first 500 fans in attendance receive a camo hat courtesy of Rick Hendrick Toyota and Foxy 99. Stay after the game for the SwampDogs’ second fireworks extravaganza of the summer! Reserve your tickets now by calling 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.