By Jordan Lank
Starting pitcher Jonathan Cole was superb Thursday night as the Fayetteville SwampDogs (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Morehead City Marlins (3-3) 5-2.
Cole (2-0) continued his success from his last start in a possibly more impressive outing, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. It was broken up by Jack Harris, who singled to left with two outs in the inning. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native pitched a sterling 6.2 innings, allowing zero earned runs and striking out four.
The SwampDogs' bats came to life and showed sustained success through the ballgame, something Fayetteville had not seen in its last two outings. The SwampDogs scored one run in each of the first three innings, with tallies in the fifth and sixth as well.
Matt Vonderschmidt recorded another scoreless outing against Morehead City, netting the save by retiring the side in order in the ninth. Vonderschmidt has now thrown 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against the Marlins.
The SwampDogs will finish their four-game homestand on Friday night on Tribute to Queen night. Gates will open at 6 PM with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Then, the 'Dogs take to Wilmington for two straight before returning back to "The Swamp" next week.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are members of the The Coastal Plain League and are in their 19th Summer of fun. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 122 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.