FOREST CITY, N.C.—The SwampDogs offense sizzled throughout the night to back solid pitching in the 6-5 win over the Forest City Owls Saturday night.
Dan Neff (Millersville) led the way with a 4-5 night, his first in the Fayetteville lineup. Neff paced an offense that pounded out 14 hits against the league’s leading pitching staff but still needed to rally in the ninth for the game winning run.
Fayetteville held four separate leads in a well pitched and defended ball game but it was the final lead that stood up. Neff doubled to start the ninth and was moved to third on a deep fly ball by AJ Gallo (Towson). Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) launched a double off the wall to plate Neff for the deciding run.
Dolshun finished the game 2-4 while Hunter Morris (Eastern Illinois) contributed a 2-4 night with two runs scored.
Defensively, Mike Austin (UMBC) struck out five over five innings and kept the Owls off-balance for most of the night. Austin exited in the 6th in-line for the win. Cody Smith (Chowan) powered the SwampDogs through the 6th and 7th innings on the mound, including striking out the side in the 7th.
Nick Yobbi (USC-Aiken) threw a scoreless ninth, with two strikeouts, to close the door and seal the win.
The SwampDogs bump their record to 3-7 while handing the Owls their third loss of the season, dropping Forest City to 6-3.
Fayetteville is off Sunday before returning home for four straight games on Monday night.
Monday’s game is Green Superhero Night against the Catawba Valley Stars beginning at 7:05pm. Fans are encouraged to dress up as a green superhero as they come to the game.
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.