HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs (20-11) saw their 7-game winning streak snapped by the Holly Springs Salamanders (13-18) despite a strong start from Blake Tuthill (Chico State) who allowed just 2 runs in 6 innings of work but was saddled with his second loss of the year falling to (0-2).
Matt Morrow (Wright State) provided some early offense plating the SwampDogs lone run of the game in the 1st inning on a groundout that scored All-Star Austin Edgette to put the Dogs on top 1-0. The SwampDogs wouldn’t score again, stranding 11 runners in the contest and providing the Salamanders a window to pull off the upset.
Holly Springs would tie things up in the 4th inning with Zach Piazza (Limestone) scoring on a Tripp Shelton (UNC-Greesnboro) single down the right field line. The Salamanders would score the game-winning run one inning later as Adam Sisk (James Madison) scored on a Piazza single, putting the ‘Manders on top 2-1.
Ben Gross (Princeton) picked up the victory, entering in the 4th inning and giving up just one hit in 4 innings of relief to improve to (2-1). Michael Hope entered in the 9th inning and loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, inducing a pop-up from Braedon Barrett (Tulane) to escape the jam.
The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Friday for their Summer Spooktacular against the Wilmington Sharks. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit GoSwampDogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.
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