Marlins take down SwampDogs, 10-2

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Preston Shuey hit his first home run of the season and the Morehead City Marlins broke out for nine runs in the game's last three innings, defeateing the Fayetteville SwampDogs 10-2 at J.P. Riddle Stadium on Thursday night.

Shuey opened the scoring for Morehead City (10-9) with a solo shot to left off of Fayetteville (8-10) starter Ryan Longstreth (L, 1-3) in the top of the third inning. Then, with a run already in and the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, Shuey singled and drove home Luke Smierciak to give the Marlins what would prove to be a decisive 3-2 lead.

A tough-luck loser in his last start, Brent Powers (W, 1-2) took the mound and delivered another solid start for Morehead City. The southpaw from Sam Houston State gave up just one earned run over six innings of work, striking out seven SwampDog hitters against just one walk.

After Powers exited and the Marlins reclaimed the lead, Morehead City erupted for five runs in the eighth off of Stephan Kungl. The outburst included Chris Schaeffer's first RBI as a Marlin and was capped by Justyn Carter's run-scoring double.

The team then tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth as Matt Ciraco drew a bases-loaded walk and Steve Marino scored on an error to reach the 10-2 final score. This game marked the first time that Morehead City totaled ten or more runs in a game. They had scored nine on three previous occasions.

As a team, the Marlins collected 14 hits over the course of the game. Marino and Shuey each picked up three hits, while Carter, Joe Sclafani and Chad Oberacker collected two apiece. Sclafani also notched his first stolen base in CPL action.

Jeff Guthridge and Thomas Girdwood combined to shut out Fayetteville over the game's final three innings. Guthridge struck out four as he pitched the seventh and eighth, while Girdwood made his Morehead City debut in the bottom of the ninth and fanned a pair.

The Marlins take to the road again on Friday night as they travel to Florence to battle the division-leading RedWolves. Fans can listen to the game on the CPL's WebPass service beginning with the first pitch at 7:05.

The Morehead City Marlins are the newest member of the Coastal Plain League. The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 14th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts.