FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –A five run sixth inning pushed the Fayetteville SwampDogs ahead of the Wilmington Sharks for good during Wednesday night’s home opener en route to a 9-7 victory.
Frankie Jezioro (Slippery Rock), Tristen Gagan (Southeast Missouri), and Patrick Donnelly (Lehigh) had three hits a piece as the SwampDogs racked up 16 hits, four of which came in the five run inning.
Despite falling behind 4-0 early, the Dogs’ answered back with Logan Corrigan’s (James Madison) solo home run in the second inning. Fayetteville hung around despite shaky defense, thanks to an excellent start by southpaw starter Cody Smith. The lefty allowed just one earned run over 5 2/3 innings.
Mike Austin (UMBC) finished the sixth and the SwampDog’s offense took over in a wild bottom half of the inning. AJ Gallo and Jezioro singled before Donnelly knocked in both with a two run single. The next batter, Hunter Dolshun (UMBC), reached on an error before Gagan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Corrigan then dribbled a ball back toward the mound that was misplayed and allowed two runs to score. Pinch hitter Tyler Tharp drove in two with an RBI single to take the lead.
Austin then finished off the win with 3.1 innings of relief to earn the victory.
“I thought the way Logan’s home run got the crowd into the game really changed the game,” said SwampDog Manager Anthony Williams. “That burst of energy got the guys having fun and really got us into the game even before the sixth.”
The SwampDogs improve to 1-1 on the year while the Sharks fall to 1-1. The two clubs will match-up Thursday night in Wilmington.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.
About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th 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 11 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!
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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.