MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - On opening night at Puck O'Neal Field
at Big Rock Stadium, the 2,146 Morehead City Marlins fans in
attendance were rewarded with a 3-1 win over the Fayetteville
SwampDogs Friday night.
Temple junior Ben White took the mound for Morehead City (3-0) and delivered the team’s third quality start in as many outings, allowing just one run over six strong innings of work. Fayetteville (1-2) plated a run on a Chris Wychock sacrifice fly in the second inning, but White cruised for the next four innings of his start.
The only other time that White found himself in trouble was the seventh, when he put the first two runners on base before being replaced by Josh Herzenberg. After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one down in the inning, Herzenberg retired the next two batters in order to preserve what was at the time a one-run Marlin lead.
Morehead City built that advantage in the home half of the third, as Preston Shuey came to the plate with Justyn Carter on second and Brian Inghram on first. After a double steal moved both runners up ninety feet, Shuey lined a single through the right side, scoring both Carter and Inghram to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead
Dating back to Wednesday’s game at Outer Banks, the Morehead City bullpen has yet to allow a single run in seven combined innings. In all, the Marlins have only yielded seven runs in their season-opening three-game winning streak.