by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs were defeated by the Holly Springs Salamanders 7-4 on Friday night at Ting Stadium.
The Salamanders put up four runs in the third and kept the lead from that point on. The inning was capped by two doubles netting the 'Manders three runs.
Brandon Talley continued his power stroke at the plate, blasting a two-run rome run in the sixth to make it a one run game.
In his fifth start of the season, Jonathan Cole allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out six and walking two. Cole has now struck out at least six batters in four of his five outings.
Nathan Mirochnick made his Fayetteville debut with a clean, two-strikeout eighth inning.
Infielder Yareb Martinez also debuted for the SwampDogs, collecting one hit in three chances.
The SwampDogs return home on Saturday for Margaritaville Night at "The Swamp." Wear your floral shirts and find your lost shaker of salt and get to the ballpark for all the good vibes and fun. Gates open at 6 PM and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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.