by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs collected 10 hits but could only tally two runs in a 7-2 loss at Big Rock Stadium Monday night.
The Marlins scored three runs in the first inning, taking a lead that would not be squandered thanks to strong Morehead CIty pitching throughout.
Pearce Howard drove in both Fayetteville runs, with an RBI single in the second and an RBI triple in the fourth. Howard hit out of the eighth spot in the order for the first time this season.
Fifteen SwampDogs reached base on 10 hits and five walks. Fayetteville left 12 runners on base, and left the bags loaded in the ninth.
Despite going hitless in his first SwampDogs appearance, shortstop Damon Dues made a pair of defensive web gems in the field that raised eyebrows around the ballpark. A flashy over-the-shoulder grab helped get the 'Dogs out of a jam in the seventh.
Anthony Ethington was strong in his Fayetteville debut. The right-handed reliever from Bellarmine pitched 2.1 innings, collecting two strikeouts while walking two Marlins.
The SwampDogs travel to Wilmington on Tuesday for a matchup with the Sharks, looking to snap a four-game skid. Fayetteville is 4-3 this season against Wilmington. Then, the 'Dogs will return home Wednesday for its annual Tribute to America Game, which will include an extravagant fireworks display following the game against the High-Point Thomasville HiToms. Gates open at 5 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.