WILMINGTON, N.C.—-Nick Yobbi sileneced a red-hot offense for seven and two thirds innings while Michael Austin slammed the door shut as the Fayetteville SwampDogs beat the Wilmington Sharks 2-1 Friday night.
The win is the first of the second half for the SwampDogs and it snaps a six game losing skid. The loss was the first for Wilmington in the second half, snapping a five game win streak.
Yobbi was the primary reason for the change in directions of both teams, inducing a lot of contact that kept his defense active and involved. Yobbi only struck out three of his 23 outs recorded and received defensive backing from second baseman Kieton Rivers who made a trio of outstanding plays.
Still, Yobbi exited with two outs in the eighth inning, needing his team to pick him up. Austin came on with the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run on first, getting a sly ball to left field that appeared to be falling in for a hit before a full speed, diving catch by left fielder Dan Leckie ended the threat.
Austin worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.
The SwampDogs lone offense came in the third against Sharks starter Robby Casey. Tristen Gagan walked to start the inning and advanced to third on a line drive double off the bat of Rivers. Gagan scored on a wild pitch, while Rivers was plated on a RBI groundout by Matt Lahn.
The SwampDogs final game before the All-Star break is Saturday night against the Petersburg Generals in Virginia at 7:05pm.
The SwampDogs are proud to host the 2016 Coastal Plain League All-Star game on Sunday, July 10th and Monday, July 11th in Fayetteville. The SwampDogs will be represented by the starting catcher Hunter Dolshun and reserves David Marriggi and Matt Lahn. Purchase tickets by calling 910-426-5900 or for more information visit 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 over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven 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.