SwampDogs Walk Off On Salamanders, 6-5

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs won an exciting contest Saturday night against the Holly Springs Salamanders, 6-5 in 10 innings at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

The Salamanders got off the bat strong, scoring the first four runs of the game, but the SwampDogs chipped away at the lead to eventually tie up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the top of the 10th inning and Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) on the mound, the Salamanders would score the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Mitch Roman (Jr./Wright State).

Roman would get immediate redemption, however, by drawing a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Lowe (Fr./Indiana), who had three dazzling catches defensively sacrificed Roman to second base, then pinch-hitter Alex Liquori (Jr./Kennesaw State) drew a walk to put runners on first and second.

Ki-Jana Madden (Fr./Spartanburg Methodist) would get hit by a pitch on the back to load the bases, then Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) served a 2-2 pitch into left centerfield to plate Roman and Zak Orrison (Jr./Mount Olive) who was pinch-running for Liquori with the tying and winning runs.

Whitley (3-0) was the winner, while Tommy DeJunaes was the loser, falling to 0-1.

The SwampDogs (7-7) are back in action Monday night as they hit the road to take on the Martinsville Mustangs at Hooker Field in Martinsville, Va. The SwampDogs return to “The Swamp” Tuesday night when they take on the Catawba Valley Stars on Fayetteville Chamber Night. Reserve your tickets now by calling 910-426-5900.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six 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!

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.