SwampDogs Snag Griffin Standout

Martinelli-CardThe SwampDogs’ All-Star Summer of Fun is shaping up to be another memorable summer.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are proud to announce the signing of right-handed pitcher Zack Martinelli from Seton Hill University, the 21st-ranked team in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll.

Martinelli, a junior from Irwin, Pa., had an incredible season for the Griffins in 2015, posting a perfect 7-0 record and a team-leading 1.90 ERA.  Opponents hit just a measly .203 against him in 52 innings pitched. The performance earned Martinelli a nod on the 2016 NCBWA Preseason Atlantic Region First-Team.

“Zack took a big step for Seton Hill last year as a sophomore, and had an impact on one of the top Division II programs in the nation,” said SwampDogs manager Anthony Williams. “He should be able to give us some flexibility as a swingman who can start or come out of the pen. Guys like that have tremendous value

The Seton Hill University Griffins are coached by Marc Marrizaldi, in his 13th season. Marrizaldi is the only coach in the history of the program, and has compiled over 420 wins and a .652 winning percentage. The Griffins finished sixth in the nation last season.  Seton Hill University is located in Greensburg, Pa. and the school competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs home opener for the 2016 season is Wednesday, June 1st.  The season will see the SwampDogs hosting the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game and Fan Fest on July 10th and 11th. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.

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!

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.