After outscoring the Wilson Tobs 33-9 in their first three matchups, the SwampDogs proved they could win the close games too to improve to 9-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0 against Wilson.
Nick Blackburn pitched six innings with three strikeouts and two runs allowed but the Tobs defensive mistakes lifted the Dogs to a 4-2 victory in Wilson.
In the first inning, Mitchell Kranson roped a double to straight away center field as it one-hopped the wall for a double. Daniel Nevares grounded a ball over to Collin Cuthrell at third base but he threw a routine inning-ending groundout into right field, allowing Kranson to advance to third.
The SwampDogs would make them pay for that fielding error as Derek Gibson and Michael Timm had back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 2-0 ball game before Blackburn even stepped foot on the rubber.
Fayetteville would remain scoreless through the next three frames, but they made a statement in the fifth when they scored two more runs thanks to another Tobs error. Wilson’s starting pitcher allowed four runs on the evening, but none of them were earned.
Derek Gibson finished the night hitting 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks and the SwampDogs proved yet again that every hitter is dangerous in their lineup.
The bullpen was lights out after Blackburn was pulled after throwing 80 pitches in his first CPL start. Cody Dix, Jack Van Horn and Parker McDaniel each threw an inning of relief, allowing a combined one hit, two strikeouts and no runs.
Fayetteville will take on the Florence Red Wolves Monday night on the road at 7:05 p.m.
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