FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs (16-10) remain the beasts in the East following an 11-2 victory over Wilmington (12-15) on Friday night.
The SwampDogs Matt Acosta (Cal State Northridge) earned his first victory of the season, tossing 7-innings of two-run baseball, with 5 strikeouts, while allowing just 5 hits improving to (1-0) this year.
The SwampDogs offense punished the Sharks by hanging double-digits on the scoreboard for the second straight time when playing Wilmington.
Trent Franson (TCU), in his J.P. Riddle Stadium debut with the SwampDogs, drove in the first SwampDogs run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field plating Jameel Edney (Bethune-Cookman).
Jonathan Allen (San Francisco) drove home two more runs for Fayetteville on a two-out double in the second inning. Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg) followed up the Allen double with a base hit of his own driving in Allen put the SwampDogs on top for good at 4-2 heading into the third inning.
Fayetteville would tack on three more runs to follow-up the four-run second inning in the third. Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina), Edney, and Mike Spooner (Stetson) would all score in the third inning. With Franson picking up his second RBI of the night on a single into left field to put Fayetteville ahead 7-2.
The SwampDogs wouldn’t look back adding four more runs in the fifth to put a bow on the victory and setting the table for a doubleheader against Florence with the SwampDogs having a chance to clinch the East Division first-half crown on their home field against the RedWolves on Saturday.
The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday begins at 6:05 with the gates opening at 5. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.
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