FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Justyn Carter broke open a one-run game with a double in the ninth inning as the Morehead City Marlins defeated the Fayetteville SwampDogs 7-4 at J.P. Riddle Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Marlins (11-10) led 5-4 with two out in the top of the ninth as Carter drove an Andy Lowe offering into the left field corner. Both Luke Smierciak and Corey Bass scored on Carter's two-run double as Morehead City took a three-run lead.
Carter finished 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and three runs driven in. He also worked two walks, scored two runs and stole his 16th base of the summer season.
With the game locked at one after the first inning, the Marlins gave starter Brad McAllister (W, 4-0) another run of support in the top of the second, as Carter's ground ball passed just inside the third base bag and rolled all the way to the left field corner. Preston Shuey scored from first on Carter's RBI double, putting Morehead City ahead, 2-1.
After Jake Carlson tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, Chris Schaeffer answered off of SwampDog starter Nate Cudney (L, 0-3), as his RBI single in the fifth put the Marlins back on top. Zach Borenstein then capped a two-run sixth with an RBI single of his own to put Morehead City ahead, 5-2.
Fayetteville (9-12) then pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the sixth, chasing McAllister from the game in the process. The right-hander gave up four runs in his five and two-thirds innings of work but still left the game in line for the win.
Ben Klimesh entered for McAllister with two out in the bottom of the sixth and induced an inning-ending groundout on just one pitch. He continued to work through the end of the eighth, scattering a hit and a walk in his scoreless outing. Jeff Guthridge replaced Klimesh in the ninth inning. The submarine-throwing right-hander yielded a walk but nothing else as he earned his first save as a Marlin.
The Marlins return home Monday night as they look to even the season series with the Wilmington Sharks. It will be the first Military Monday presented by Golden Corral, and the game's first pitch is set for 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.