Fayetteville, N.C. -- In their biggest offensive outburst of the season, the Marlins came up short against the Fayetteville SwampDogs and fell 13-9.
In a year that had been defined by the success of their pitching, it was the Marlin offense that was getting it done on Wednesday night at Fayetteville.
With a season-high 17 hits, the Marlin offense was firing on all cylinders, including three-hit days from catcher Hunter Nabors (UA-Huntsville) and first baseman Jacob Reimold (St. Leo University).
It was also the timely hits from the Marlins that made a difference early in the game. The team exploded for a five-run 7th inning, including a key two-out rally. A two-run single by Daniel Little (Richmond) followed by RBI singles from Hunter Shepherd (Catawba) and Jordan Schulefand (Richmond).
However, a six-run outburst in the bottom of the 8th gave the SwampDogs the lead back. A three-run homer from Carson Bartels gave the SwampDogs the lead, and they extended their lead to 13-9 by the end of the inning.
The Marlins return home tomorrow as they host the Wilmington Sharks.