MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (2-6) lost their third consecutive game, dropping a 5-3 decision in 10 innings to the Fayetteville SwampDogs (5-4) Wednesday evening at Big Rock Stadium.
The SwampDogs scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning without registering a hit, as three walks, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly gave the SwampDogs a 5-3 lead.
For the first time all season the Marlins scored in the first inning, when Geoff DeGroot scored on an infield single off the bat of Sam Ott to take a 1-0 lead. The SwampDogs answered in the top of the second, when Andrew Parker scored on a double play to tie the game.
The Marlins retook the lead in the third, when DeGroot scored again, this time on an RBI-ground out off the bat of Ryan Cranmer. That score held until the top of the sixth inning, when Zach Gawrych scored from third when Connor Obrochta stole second base.
In the top of the ninth, the ‘Dogs took their first lead of the game on a sacrifice fly before the Marlins tied it 3-3 when Jonathon Corbett scored on a fielder’s choice.
Drasen Johnson (1-0) earned the win, giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth inning while Kyle Norville earned his first save, tossing a scoreless tenth. Raphael Guerrero (0-1) took the loss, walking two batters in the tenth that later came around to score.
The Marlins are back on the field tomorrow night when they travel to Wilmington to take on the Sharks in a scheduled double-header. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. with the live broadcast on CPL WebPass beginning approximately 10 minutes prior to first pitch.
Notes: For the first time this season, DeGroot did not reach base safely... Corey Bass threw out two runners attempting to steal... The Marlins turned two double plays in the middle infield for the second consecutive night... Bass was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
The Morehead City Marlins are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 930 alumni drafted and 51 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague). For Marlins ticket and team information, please visit www.mhcmarlins.com.