The SwampDogs organization is pleased to announce that Jimmie Davis III will be returning to Fayetteville for his third straight summer.
Davis has been a critical part of the team’s bullpen the last two seasons. In 2012, he finished the summer season with a 2-1 record in 23 2/3 innings pitched with a 3.42 ERA. His 2-1 record includes winning game one of the Petitt Cup Championship series. He only allowed three extra base hits through the entire summer.
The 6-foot-4 junior is playing in his first season at UNC Pembroke after transferring from Barton College. It’s not even the midway point of the season and Davis has already started three games and is averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.
Davis also told the Fayetteville Observer that “the history of the (UNC Pembroke) program is what drew me in. It’s a winning tradition. They produce a lot of good players and when given the opportunity I really couldn’t turn it down.”
The Elizabethtown, NC native is ready to continue his legacy as a SwampDog and help the team improve on its 33-20 record from just a year ago. On top of that, the SwampDogs not only led the entire Coastal Plain League with a 3.00 team ERA, but they led the league with 491 innings pitched.
Both of his winning appearances in 2012 came on the road, as did his lone win in 2011 in which he only threw 11 plus innings. The thing that makes Davis so valuable is that he can pitch as both a starter and a reliever so SwampDogs head coach Darrell Handelsman has some options in his staff.
“We are looking forward to having Jimmie back for another summer,” said SwampDogs head coach Darrell Handelsman. “He won a few really big games for us the past couple of years and I anticipate him coming in and competing like he always does.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 13th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 62 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).