Savannah, G.A. – The SwampDogs to their lone regular-season trip to Savannah and in front of a sell-out crowd, the Dogs (9-8) fell to the Bananas (6-9).
Trailing 2-0 heading into the 4th inning, before Mike Spooner (Stetson) started off a one-out single to right-center-field. Jonathan Allen (San Francisco) tacked on a single of his own. Mike Farnell (Murray State) then delivered a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark, driving in two runs to tie up the game. Alex Hull (Cal State Northridge) tied up the game with a groundout, bringing Farnell home to score.
The Bananas would take the lead back in the fifth only to have Fayetteville storm right back in the 6th. The SwampDogs plated two runs on a Spooner double to centerfield, with Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina) and Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) both scoring to take a 7-6 lead.
The SwampDogs would once again have to play come from behind baseball plating two more runs in the 6th inning to regain the scoreboard advantage. Farnell and Hull would both score on yet another RBI double, this time from Henrickson to take a 7-6 lead.
Ultimately though, the Bananas proved too slippery to hold down, with Savannah plating the tying and winning runs in the 8th inning against Ryan Holloway (Air Force) to hand Holloway (0-2) the loss in his final game with the SwampDogs before returning to Cadet duties. Hunter Phillips (Georgia Southern)(1-1) earned the victory out of the bullpen, while Taylor Cox earned his first save with the Bananas.
The SwampDogs return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Wilmington to take on the Sharks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and can be heard on the SwampDogs radio network at mixlr.com/SwampDogs1.
The SwampDogs return to The Swamp on Thursday for First Responder’s Night presented by Cape Fear Valley Health. First pitch is at 7:05 with the gates opening at 6. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs.
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