EDENTON, NC – Zach Neff (Austin Peay) delivered a performance on the mound Tuesday night deserving of a victory and thanks to some timely late-inning offense the SwampDogs (7-5) earned a 3-2 road victory at Hicks Field over the division foe Steamers (7-6).
Edenton came in red-hot, winners of their last three games, however, Neff navigated the typically explosive Clams offense with aggressiveness and efficiency. The Steamers’ Billy Wilson (Loyola Marymount) blasted a solo shot beyond the center field wall, which measures just 350 feet in Edenton before Neff would respond by retiring twelve straight Clams before Joey Mundy (College of Charleston) would find himself stranded in scoring position following a two-out double in the fifth.
Another bases-empty home run, this time from Edenton’s Jason Agresti (Binghamton) doubled the Steamers lead to 2-0. In the 8th inning, the Dogs showed their bite beginning with a Jonathan Allen (San Francisco) double, before Edenton turned to the bullpen. Reliever Sean Hughes (Boston College) replaced starter Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls State) and walked back-to-back SwampDogs to load the bases for Matt Morrow (Wright State) who walked in the SwampDogs first run of the game.
Jameel Edney’s (Bethune Cookman) infield single off the glove of Edenton’s second baseman plated the tying run, while another single that didn’t reach the outfield, this time courtesy of Mike Spooner (Stetson) gave the Dogs their first lead of the night.
After a leadoff single to start the bottom of the 9th put the tying run on first, Ryan Holloway (Air Force) would enter to seal the clam pot and halt the Steamers winning streak for the save.
Zach Neff was credited with the win, while Sean Hughes suffered the loss.
The SwampDogs and Steamers continue their home and home series tomorrow night at J.P Riddle Stadium for Sportsman’s Night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.