Two RedHawks Fly to the Swamp




Fayetteville, N.C. – – – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have signed the duo of sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Ernst (Cincinnati, Ohio) and redshirt junior infielder Ross Haffey (Birmingham, Mich.) from Miami University of Ohio.

Ernst saw significant playing time in his freshman campaign, appearing in 24 games on the mound which was the most of any pitcher on the RedHawk staff. He finished 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA, posted 40 strikeouts and allowed only 23 walks. He attended Lasalle High School in Cincinnati, lettering all four years in baseball and was also a wide receiver for the football team.

“Nick has been a key part of Miami of Ohio’s bullpen and we expect the same this summer,” said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. “Nick has a high velocity fastball with a very good slider, which should prove to be impactful late in games.”

Haffey sat out his first season with Miami of Ohio, but has since developed into one of the RedHawks’ top offensive threats at the plate. In 2016, he led the team in multiple categories including batting average (.355), on-base percentage (.439), hits (77), runs (29) and doubles (20). Haffey also posted 23 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI contests, while tallying a 19-game hit streak during the season.

“Ross has put together some very impressive numbers over the last couple years,” says Hollod.  “This last year, he led his team in hitting and added 11 home runs.  I see Ross hitting in the middle of our order.”

In the summer of 2016, Haffey played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He saw action in 38 games, hitting for a .353 average with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. Haffey’s stellar season at the plate earned him a spot on the North All-Stars in the Great Lakes All-Star Game.

Be sure to stay tuned during the remainder of the off-season as we continue to periodically announce our new members of the 2017 Fayetteville SwampDogs!

About the SwampDogs: The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 17th season playing in the Coastal Plain League in 2017. 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 over 100 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 the team website at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoSwampDogs. Be sure to also 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 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.