On the heels of a 4-3 win on the road in Holly Springs, the SwampDogs had a chance to build momentum with a home rematch against the Salamanders Monday night.
Coming into the game with a 7-1 advantage in the season series, Fayetteville jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, thoroughly defeating the Salamanders 8-2.
"I talked to the guys about being able to prepare themselves on a daily basis and remain focused," said head coach Matt Hollod. "I thought tonight was a good bounce-back game, after a win, to play good."
The SwampDogs' offense got to work right from the start, with the first two batters in the lineup scoring runs on Zach Jacobs' first inning double. Jacobs (Charleston Southern) added a single and a third RBI to his tally while scoring a run as well.
"It felt good to help out and produce in the offense and get the pitching some run support early," Jacobs said. "If you get in a little groove, you start seeing the ball much better and you put better swings on it."
Fayetteville also got major contributions from AJ Hrica (Campbell) and Joey Wiemer (Cincinnati). Hrica led the team with three hits, scoring each time he reached base, while Wiemer used productive outs to drive in runs on two different occasions.
"Hitting is contagious," Jacobs said about the team's success at the plate. "I definitely feel like we're seeing the ball better and starting to get more quality at-bats."
On the mound, the SwampDogs backed up a solid six innings from starter Blake Schriever (Cal State Northridge) with excellent work on the back end. Jared Crews (Middle Georgia State) was perfect in the final two frames, retiring six Salamanders in order with five of those outs coming via the strikeout.
"I'm starting to have a lot of stronger outings. It was a lot of fun being able to get all those guys out," Crews said after the game. "All my pitches were working, my adrenaline was pumping, and that's just how it goes sometimes."
The SwampDogs are off Tuesday and host the Morehead City Marlins at The Swamp Wednesday night before additional home games Thursday and Saturday.
"We need as many wins as we can get," Crews said. "We're doing a lot better…Good things are coming."