FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – In front of over 4,000 fans, the Fayetteville SwampDogs (32-22) saw their two-game winning streak come to an end against the Holly Springs Salamanders (25-29) by a score of 8-5.
The SwampDogs were quick to take a lead and appeared well on their way to a third straight victory thanks to a 2-run first inning courtesy of a RBI single from Jayson Neman (Cal State Northridge) for his league record 54th RBI of the season. A hit-by-pitch put Fayetteville ahead of Holly Springs 2-0 after the first inning.
Holly Springs would tie the game with runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, but the SwampDogs were able to take the lead right back in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg) would send a high chopper up the middle for a base hit to score Jose Rojas (Miami Dade College) followed by a 2-RBI single from Jayson Newman running his CPL record total to 56 runs driven in and putting Fayetteville back on top 5-2.
The Salamanders would respond two innings later with a 6-run 6th inning to put the Salamanders ahead for good by a score of 8-5.
Bradley Brown (Nebraska Kearney) took the loss dropping to (0-1) while Phillip Sanderson (Louisville) picked up the victory in relief improving to (2-1) for the Salamanders.
The SwampDogs magic number to clinch the top seed in the East Division for the Petitt Cup Playoffs remains at two wins, with two games left to play and the SwampDogs heading to Florence for their final road game of the regular season on Sunday.
The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Monday, August 7 for the Teacher Appreciation Night against the Wilson Tobs. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. 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.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 98 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.