FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—A four run rally tied the game, before a suicide squeeze in the 10th inning secured the 5-4 win for the Fayetteville SwampDogs on Thursday.
In front of a packed fireworks crowd, the SwampDogs produced plenty of excitement with a four run seventh inning to tie the game. In the 10th, the Dogs loaded the bases for Frankie Jezioro (Slippery Rock) who executed the bunt to notch the win.
Edenton scored three times in the top of the second with two outs and added another run in the fourth to take a four nothing lead behind starter Ted Christie (Union) who was nearly unhittable for five innings.
The SwampDogs struck in the seventh against the Steamers’ bullpen as Tyler Tharp (VMI) started the rally. Jack Conley (NC State) moved him to second with an infield hit. Trey Vickers (Wichita State) plated a run with an RBI single. Logan Corrigan (James Madison) delivered a two-run, pinch-hit double to put the tying run within one. Pinch-runner Jezioro (Slippery Rock) moved to third on a ground out and then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
The game went into extra innings as the SwampDogs bullpen of Zack Martinelli (Seton HIll), Will Edwards (Chowan) and David Marriggi (Towson) combined for four scoreless innings of relief to set the stage for the 10th.
Marrigi earns the win to improve to 1-0. Sam Beattie pitched well for Edenton in the ninth but takes the loss to fall to 0-1.
The SwampDogs hit the road Friday to play Wilson before returning home on Saturday for All About Buds, Dog Day at the Park presented by RA Jeffreys. First pitch is at 7:05pm both nights.
Fans can listen to the SwampDogs road broadcasts by going to mixlr.com/fayetteville-swampdogs.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting 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 90 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.