LEXINGTON, S.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs were able to take advantage of six errors committed by the Lexington County Blowfish to come away with a 12-7 victory Saturday night at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.
Trey Hayes (Sr./Presbyterian) struggled in the early going, allowing five runs to the Blowfish in one inning plus three batters of work before being removed in favor of Ross Gardner (Fr./East Carolina).
The SwampDogs had to chip away to climb their way back into the game, capitalizing on a plethora of Blowfish errors – scoring three in the third and two in the fifth and six innings to ultimately take a 7-6 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Gardner, in his fifth inning of long relief surrendered a run to bring the game to a 7-7 tie.
In the top of the seventh inning, Alex Liquori (Jr./Kennesaw State) hit a one out double, then stole third. He came in to score on a wild pitch by Avery Greer later in the inning. Meanwhile Carson Waln (Soph./Wofford) was hit by a pitch and Sky Overton placed a bunt single perfectly down the third base line to put runners on the corners.
Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State) hit a ball down the right field line that Connor Owings allowed to pop in and out of his mitt to score both Waln and Overton. A double by Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) on the very next pitch brought Roman home to push the lead to 11-7.
Liquori was a catalyst on offense, finishing with a season-high four hits, including two doubles and four runs scored.
Gardner got the win for the SwampDogs, his third on the season against no losses. The SwampDogs (15-21) return home Saturday for the 9th annual StriKing Out Cancer Night presented by the Cape Fear Valley Health System. 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.