For the third straight game, the SwampDogs scored a run in the final frame. But for the third straight game, they needed more than one.
Starter Garret Rogers (Morehead State) was solid on the mound in his SwampDogs' debut and Matthias Carter (Methodist) homered in the ninth, but the SwampDogs had just five hits in a 4-3 loss to Wilmington.
After falling behind early in the game, the SwampDogs utilized patience to battle back and take the lead in the fifth. Following a hit-by-pitch and single to lead off the inning, Javon Martin (Charleston Southern) and Brennan Fontenot (Spring Hill) came around to score on walks to Carter and Alex Garland (Georgia Gwinnett) as well as another hit-by-pitch by Jay Hayes (Florida Gulf Coast).
Fayetteville struggled to put it together offensively after that point, and timely hitting from the Sharks flipped the lead back over to Wilmington in the sixth.
Carter's ninth-inning blast showed once again that the SwampDogs believe they have a chance in every game until the final out is recorded, but it simply was not enough Friday.
The SwampDogs look to turn things around tomorrow night in Holly Springs before coming back to The Swamp to face the Wilson Tobs on Monday.