by Jordan Lank
Just one game after defeating an opponent with the 12-runs-after-six mercy rule, the Fayetteville SwampDogs were downed by the Macon Bacon at Luther Williams Field in seven innings,13-1.
The 'Dogs looked great out of the gate when Matt Vonderschmidt pitched three scoreless innings as an "opener." The senior from Piedmont allowed only one hit and struck out four in his third start of the season.
Fayetteville struck first when Brandon Talley drove home Pearce Howard in the top of the fourth. It was Talley's 26th RBI of the season and the 21st consecutive game in which Pearce Howard reached base safely.
Talley and Howard collected the only two SwampDogs hits as Macon stifled the Fayetteville offense. It was the first time in four games that the 'Dogs collected less than 10 hits.
The SwampDogs travel to Savannah for their only tilt against the Bananas on Tuesday before taking on the Lexington County Blowfish on the road Wednesday. Then, the SwampDogs return to J.P. Riddle Stadium Thursday for a doubleheader versus the Wilmington Sharks. Gates open at 5 PM and first pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:05.
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.