Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville SwampDogs reliever Pat McGinn (Anne Arundel CC) came in relief of the starting pitcher Mike Austin (UMBC) and tossed six innings of shutout baseball with five hits and three strikeouts. He also claimed his first victory of the season in his debut appearance. The ‘Dogs claimed their third consecutive victory by defeating the Wilmington Sharks by a final score of 5-2 at The Swamp. SwampDogs improve to 17-31 overall and 8-13 in the CPL East division. Sharks fall to 30-18 and 14-7 in the second half of the summer season.
Wilmington struck first in the top of the first inning to gain the early 1-0 advantage on a sacrifice fly from first baseman Alec Bohm (Wichita State). SwampDogs battled back in the bottom frame of the first to tie the ballgame up at 1-1 on an RBI single from first baseman Tyler Tharp (VMI).
The Sharks took back the lead in the top half of the third inning to gain a 2-1 advantage. However, the ‘Dogs knotted the contest back up again at 2-2 in the home half of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Matt Lahn (Lock Haven).
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the SwampDogs pushed across three runs to take a commanding 5-2 lead. The scoring began with a two RBI single off the bat of catcher Hunter Dolshun (UMBC). Dolshun’s single ended up being the game-winning base knock. Tharp then singled to right field to bring home Dolshun and the ‘Dogs jumped out to a three-run advantage. The SwampDogs held on for the victory in the top of the ninth.
Pat McGinn got the win for Fayetteville and improved his record to 1-0. Wilmington relief pitcher Ethan Wortkoetter (Presbyterian) took the loss and fell to 3-2.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs will be back in action at home tomorrow night for a matchup against the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina – Virginia Collegiate League. The game will be played in very unique fashion from the SwampDogs defense as history will be made at the ballpark on Saturday evening. The official announcement will be made in a release on GoSwampDogs.com in the hours leading up to the game.
The No Place Like Home promotion presented by Aaron’s will also take place tomorrow at the ballpark. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.