The Fayetteville SwampDogs split the doubleheader on Sunday evening with the Wilson Tobs to finish the first half of the regular season as the second place team in the East Division.
The SwampDogs resumed the suspended game from Friday night with a 0-0 tie after three innings and starter Jimmie Davis (UNC-Pembroke) tossed a fantastic game in route to the 4-0 win.
Davis threw the remaining six innings, allowing just four hit and two strikeouts to help Shawn Talkington (Emporia State) complete the shutout against the Tobs.
Fayetteville scored runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to give Davis the run support he needed. With Brian Celsi (California) on second base, Chad Whitehead (UNC-Pembroke) drove in the first run of the game with a single to right field. Ransom LaLonde (St. Edward’s) added one more run in the following inning.
Mitchell Kranson added to the lead with a two RBI single to finish his night batting 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
In game two of the double header, the SwampDogs got out to an early lead, but the Tobs closed the game on a 3-0 run.
The heart of the order got a two-out rally going and Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) drove in the first run of the game with a base hit through the left side of the infield to give him his 11th RBI of the season.
Taking things into the third inning, Michael Timm (Wright State) and Gibson hit back-to-back doubles to take the 2-0 lead. Gibson bumped to second place on the team with six doubles through the first half.
In the bottom half of the inning, Sean Godfrey (Ball State) hit an RBI double to left center field to cut the lead in half. After Luke Lowery (East Carolina) homered in the fifth inning to tie the game, the Tobs stole the game in the seventh.
Jimmy Luppens (Canisus) started the inning off with a single and pinch runner Nick Regnier (Central Michigan) stole second base. With a two-strike count, Lowery smacked the eventual game winning, walk-off double down the left field line.
Ethan Striz (Ave Maria) threw five innings and Cody Dix (Francis Marion) tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout in relief of Striz. Geoff Soja (Niagara) suffered the first loss to the 2013 season.
Fayetteville will take on the Florence Red Wolves on Monday night at 7:05 to start the second half of the Coastal Plain League season.
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